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Marion County Democratic Party Chair Joel Miller sent out this release today in advance of Mayor Greg Ballard's announcement of his plan to deal with the recent crime wave in the city.
INDIANAPOLIS—Below is a statement from Marion County Democratic Party Chairman Joel Miller regarding Mayor Greg Ballard’s upcoming announcement regarding public safety staffing at the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
“Despite his campaign promise six years ago that ‘Public Safety is Job One,’ Mayor Greg Ballard has failed miserably to protect the people of Indianapolis.
Mayor Ballard has chronically understaffed the police department. Rather than approve the City-Council’s bipartisan move to provide $6 million in funding for up to 60 new police officers, he vetoed it. Days before his veto, the city proudly touted it will hold an amateur cricket tournament at Ballard’s field of dreams on the eastside.
Mayor Ballard couldn’t tell us if he vetoed more police officers so he can pay for his cricket stadium. That’s because he was in Las Vegas, on yet another junket.
His administration has become a classic case of misplaced priorities. Unfortunately, Mayor Ballard isn’t focusing on keeping parents and children safe during the city’s downtown fireworks. Mayor Ballard is myopically focused on building a cricket stadium, so much so that he is stubbornly digging in his heels despite the council’s common sense action to use Rebuild Indy funds to pay for more police.
A high crime rate chips away at a city’s quality of life. Consider this:
- Of the 15 most populous cities, Indianapolis has had the highest overall crime rate in 2012.
- In 2012, Indianapolis ranked in the top third of the largest cities in the US in overall crime, violent crime, aggravated assault, burglary and arson.
- So far this year, Indianapolis has a higher homicide rate than Chicago. Per 10,000 residents, Indianapolis is averaging .874 homicides compared to Chicago’s .670.
I sincerely hope Mayor Ballard will personally tell us today why his new public safety plan will work. Because what he has been doing isn’t working.”