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Indianapolis residents welcome technology enhancements to curb violence

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – City guides and IMPD officials announced a new plan Spending millions of dollars installing more cameras and license plate readers across town and testing a new gunshot detection system.

“That’s a force multiplier,” says IMPD Asst. said Chief Chris Bailey. “Some people say that studies show that one camera can replace four police officers because it’s always there. There is always something to see. “

The locations for new cameras have not yet been determined.

“These tools will curb the crime in Indianapolis, and that’s what we are looking for,” said IMPD boss Randal Taylor.

We spoke to residents from east to west about the technological improvements for the department. Some told us that they welcome the cameras into their churches, especially if it increases their chances of getting justice.

Della Brown, an East Side resident, tells us that her brother was stabbed multiple times at the 10th & Rural intersection.

“If they had the cameras, maybe we could have identified these people and closed them up,” Brown said.

Community member and advocate Ron Gee hopes cameras could prevent hits and runs or help solve these crimes.

“So many people have lost their lives, lost their loved ones to someone who ruthlessly races down the street and murdered them, killed them. So if we have cameras for these reasons, I’m definitely for it, ”said Gee.

The city currently has around two dozen stationary license plate readers in the community. However, funding from the US rescue plan will enable additional LPRs, hundreds more public safety cameras, and the pilot program for shot detection technology.

“We’re not involved in any of these new initiatives, but we can see how they are needed and how they can work,” said Henri Gaither, president of the Haughville Strong Neighborhood Association.

Gaither and Haughville’s longtime business owner Jason Ward hope the new technology will find use in their community.

“People around here are tired,” said Ward. “They want to take back their neighborhood; they shout it and they mean it. “

Technology is only part of the solution to the complex problem of violence. Proponents said it also takes all of us to become a safer city.

“We’re out here pushing for the truce weekend,” Gee said. “Unity in the city. We call on everyone to refrain from violence for 72 hours. “

The Armistice Weekend takes place from October 29th to 31st on Halloween weekend. The organizers have planned several peace rallies, neighborhood cleanups and other activities.

For more information, contact organizers Della Brown at 317-350-3006 and Ron Gee at 317-778-1694.

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