Mayor Greg Ballard, Public Safety Director Troy Riggs called to White House for meeting on violence
Two among group meeting with Obama, Holder
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Public Safety Director Troy Riggs have wrapped a visit to the White House focused on violence prevention.
Both were among several officials invited to Washington, D.C., for a meeting with U.S. officials.
President Barack Obama was scheduled to speak with them for about an hour, followed by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Ballard was invited last week and was asked to keep his trip quiet until after the meeting was done.
The discussion of violence prevention comes at a time Ballard is under intense pressure to hire more police officers.
A budget is before the City-County Council that would expand the tax districting to county homeowners in order to fund more officers.
Metro police have been serving those areas since the merger, but homeowners in those ZIP codes have not been paying their share of the cost.
Both Ballard and Riggs are flying home Tuesday afternoon. Both are expected to hold a press conference at Indianapolis International Airport around 8 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. to discuss the White House visit.
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