Over a five-hour span Tuesday, five people were killed in three separate shootings, putting Indianapolis a month ahead of breaking last year’s homicide record.
Indianapolis has seen 217 homicides so far this year, quickly approaching the record high of 245 in 2020, according to Fox 59. With the city currently at the same number of homicides reported in November of last year, homicide detectives from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department are busy working on an ever increasing workload.
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Earlier this year, Indianapolis police, like many other departments in the United States, reported losing officers as a result of the fund the police movement and was now expanding its recruitment efforts outside Indiana, because reinforcements from the state police and the sheriff’s office were insufficient to meet the needs of the patrols.
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The department sometimes partners with the Indiana State Police and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office to meet patrolling needs in understaffed districts.
Law enforcement agencies across the country have seen a wave of retirements and departures and have struggled to recruit the next generation of police officers in the year since Geroge Floyd died in custody, which sparked numerous protests and calls for the financing or abolition of the police.
The IMPD again stressed on Tuesday evening the importance for the community to provide information on these crimes.
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“I can’t say how important this is and stress how important it is for people in the community to provide information to us,” said William Young, public information manager for IMPD. “You’ve heard me say it before, a lot of my partners here have heard me say it before, it’s extremely, extremely important that our investigators get information to hold these officials accountable.”
Anyone with information on any of the homicides that have taken place so far this year is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477.