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Do more officers equal more security?

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INDIANAPOLIS -

During the gun battle when Officer Perry Renn was shot and killed, Tommy Stone's house was in the crossfire.

“There’s where he shot my window in,” said Stone pointing to a window frame with countless shards of glass.

His wife and two sons were inside at the time.

“My family was about this far away from the bullets,” he said, showing about 12 inches with his hands.

Even 1,000 more police officers, he says, couldn't prevent the violence that night.

“Just getting more policemen may not be the whole answer, we need to stop it before it happens.” Said Stone.

And while she doesn't totally disagree, 17 year IMPD veteran Julie Dutrieux says more officers would enable her to be more proactive and make her job safer.

“I don't want something bad to happen to me or somebody that I work with and have it be because there weren't enough people out here.” Explained Dutrieux as she drove her beat in IMPD’s Southeast district.

For years IMPD has lost 40-50 officers each year to retirement, and replaced practically none. Now the department is several hundred officers short.

“It's beyond critical.” Said Rick Snyder, vice president of FOP lodge 89, which represents IMPD officers. “We're in a crisis right now. And we're seeing the affects of that ripple throughout our city.”

Attacks on police officers are on the rise, the murder rate is going up and solutions seem few and far between.

“We just keep doing more things in the community to help one another, it could stop a lot of this violence.” Said Stone.

In the meantime, Officer Dutrieux hopes funding can be secured, to bolster IMPD's ranks.

“Something bad can happen any day and there may not be anything you can do about it. But I don't want something bad to happen because the city or whoever couldn't figure out how to hire enough police officers to do this.” She said.

City officials say it costs taxpayers $125,000 for each additional police officer hired. They propose adding 500 police officers over the next five years.

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