Mayor hopes Gun Tip Line helps curb crime in Indianapolis
State of the City address
Hogsett state of the city
INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Mayor Joe Hogsett is counting on a new Gun Tip Line to help curb violent crime. It's one of several new programs he unveiled Wednesday night in his State of the City address at Hine Hall on the IUPUI campus.
"We live in a time when gun violence continues to rise," Hogsett said.
The mayor announced plans for an anonymous tip line urging people - especially young people - to report illegal guns. Hogsett said those who do will receive rewards of up to $750 for tips leading to charges.
"We must get guns out of the hands of children and our young people," Hogsett said.
"We want to change the message. Right now, it seems cool to carry a gun. We want to influence others on the impact those guns can have," said IMPD Chief Bryan Roach.
The mayor also talked about new programs aimed at keeping the homeless out of jail.
"Beginning in August, we will deploy innovative mobile crisis units that will target and respond to what has become an addiction-to-arrests pipeline," Hogsett said.
He talked talked about strengthening neighborhoods by vowing to rehab or demolish 2,000 abandoned houses within two years and said he'd be working with IPL to install thousands of street lights over the next few years using LED technology.
The mayor also announced a program aimed at ensuring that every Indianapolis child has access to a post-high school degree, certificate or license.
"If we do this, we can make real progress in addressing the cycle of generational poverty that has gripped our city (and ensure Indianapolis will be economically competitive)," Hogsett said.
While the mayor's proposals were largely applauded, they're not a done deal.
"The council will have to sign off on all the initiatives because I'm sure there's a dollar amount attached," said City-County Council President Maggie Lewis.
"I'm open to conversations on all the issues, but it comes down to what makes sense fiscally and what doesn't," said City-County Council Minority Leader Michael McQuillen.
It's all something the council will address in the coming months.
Watch Mayor Hogsett's State of the City: