Indianapolis creates efficiency teams to study public safety


The City of Indianapolis announced the creation of efficiency teams aimed at improving the Department of Public Safety.

Mayor Greg Ballard, along with DPS, made the announcement Tuesday. The city wants to make DPS more effective, efficient and transparent to the public.

The teams will evaluate current DPS infrastructure. That includes Indianapolis Metro Police, Indianapolis Fire, Department of Homeland Security, Animal Care and Control, Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services and Public Safety Communications. The teams will also analyze budgets, daily operations, administrative processes, staffing and resource allocation.

"The purpose of the efficiency teams is to provide a means of responsibly, effectively and efficiently reshaping and redirecting the components of the DPS, and we also believe this should be a transparent process to best serve our employees and the community", said DPS Director Troy Riggs. "We'd be remiss if we didn't take advantage of this opportunity for internal review and assessment."

The first four efficiency teams are the DPS Business Plans Team, the Police Morale Team, the DPS Vehicles Team and the Police Personnel Allocations Team, which will review IMPD's current staffing model and develop a strategy to optimize the number of sworn officers in patrol functions. Those teams will meet Wednesday. Another six teams will get started in the second quarter of 2013, with additional efficiency teams being formed as needed throughout the rest of the year. The first four teams are expected to present their recommendations by June 1, 2013.

The efficiency teams will be comprised of city and public stakeholders, and may include representatives from the community, City-County Councilors, the Mayor's Office, the Marion County Prosecutor's Office, DPS employees, and other relevant stakeholders or experts.

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You can follow the teams' progress here.

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