Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Ballard's Changes At IMPD On The Right Track
Whether you agree or disagree with some of his personnel decisions, you have to hand it to Mayor Greg Ballard for some of the changes he's implementing in the way IMPD combats crime in our city. A Star article discusses an ex-offender program he's planning to develop, but some of the other changes will be even more music to the ears of residents in distressed neighborhoods. A more focused community policing plan will involve neighborhood leaders; renewed efforts will target higher crime areas; there will be closer monitoring of parolees; the abandoned home problem will be tackled; and the use of civilians to handle routine police reports will free up police officers to focus on more serious matters, among other new initiatives. A lot of these changes will not require additional spending, which makes them even more appealing. Let's hope these changes make a difference.