Public Safety in Indianapolis: Six Focus Areas

Research Areas: Criminal Justice, Public Safety

In 2014, the city of Indianapolis and the Department of Public Safety identified six areas of Indianapolis that have higher crime rates than other areas of the city. These locations—referred to as focus areas—are particularly prone to violent crimes, especially the non-fatal shootings and homicides that may worsen public perceptions of crime.

The IU Public Policy Institute began in 2015 to look at trends in criminal activity, contributing factors to crime such as mental illness and substance abuse, and ways neighborhoods and leaders can pull together resources to address these issues. Effectively reducing violent crime involves addressing both issues with individuals, including former offenders, and the communities in which they live.

The focus areas are:

  • 16th and Tibbs
  • 29th and MLK
  • 34th and Illinois
  • 38th and Sherman
  • New York and Sherman
  • 42nd and Post

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  • Troy Riggs
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