Chief Roach touts homicide arrests, case clearance rate

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Indy's top cop took to Twitter on Wednesday to share just how hard homicide detectives have been working this year.

Still, Metro Police Chief Bryan Roach is not happy about the city topping 100 in homicides this year.

Right now, IMPD has responded to 102 criminal homicides. That's 15 more than last year this time.

The tweet by Roach said they have arrested nearly 60 suspects for homicides (47 in 2018 and 12 from 2017) leading to nearly a 70% clearance rate for 2018.

Homicide detectives are not only responsible for investigating murder cases but other death cases such as suicides, drug overdoses and even deaths involving natural causes.

The chief learned from his command staff that they've made more homicide arrests this year than in all of last year. He gives credit to more people coming forward to help police when their family and friends become victims of violent crime.

"Everybody involved in a homicide or non-fatal shooting is a person and they have people around them that know them, know their tendencies. A lot of people around them say they saw it coming so can they invest in people when they see something like that coming, whether its conflict resolution, can they get out of that. I do know it's my responsibility and I know I can't do it alone."

In the tweet, the chief also credits this year's clearance rate to input, collaboration, trust, and partnership with the community. While the 70% clearance rate sounds good, Roach knows for the 30% of those cases where there are no arrests, those families are still looking for answers.

He encourages people who want to help make Indianapolis a safer city to continue using the anonymous tip line at Crime Stoppers. All calls to 317-262-TIPS are 100% confidential.

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