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Posted September 11, 2014


For Immediate Release

Posted September 08, 2014

Council Passes Republican Sponsored Proposal

To Hire Over 280 New Police


Indianapolis—Tonight, the City-County Council passed Republican sponsored Proposal 248 to provide funding to hire over 280 new IMPD officers by 2018.  Once hired, IMPD will have the largest police force in the department’s history. The proposal passed with bi-partisan support – with only Christine Scales and Democrats voting against hiring new police officers.

“I’m very pleased this Republican sponsored proposal to hire additional police officers has passed the City-County Council.” said Council Minority Leader Michael McQuillen.  “However, hiring more police officers is not enough.  We agree with Mayor Ballard that a comprehensive strategy to attack crime is needed.  That’s why Council Republicans will continue to be strongly supportive of Proposal 268, that will provide pre-k education for thousands of low-income children.”

Council Proposal 268 would provide $25 million, matched by $25 million in private money, to make affordable, high-quality preschool available for children from low-income families. This proposal has been referred to the Council’s Administration and Finance Committee.

Numerous studies have show that kids who attend high-quality preschool get better grades as they grow older and are less likely to violate the law as a juvenile and an adult. The funding for this proposal has been recommended by both the Council’s IMPD Staffing Commission and the Local Homestead Credit Review Commission.  It will eliminate the homestead deduction for homeowners, but will not affect the $45,000 state homestead exemption.

“We need to pass Proposal 268 to keep our city safe, and give all of the kids in our community a chance to succeed.” Said McQuillen.

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