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INDIANAPOLIS–Cameras are everywhere. But, apparently there still aren’t enough cameras. So, the City of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Metro Police Dept., are installing more cameras as part of their effort to slow down crime.

The police are also getting access to cameras from private businesses, through a program called B.Link.

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“We’re still pushing our B.Link process, which allows private businesses to share their camera feeds with us. Maybe it’s video that can help us solve a homicide or a non-fatal shooting,” said IMPD Deputy Chief Chris Bailey, during a Thursday news conference on police plans to cut down on violence.

He said the police don’t monitor those feeds live, but do get access to the recorded version so they can go through the video.

Bailey said more cameras are going up on the canal and said more “crime cameras” are going up across the city.

And, the police officers, as promised for many months and demanded by several community groups, will begin wearing body cams. Bailey said a contract for the cameras was recently signed.

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“Our hopes are to start equipping our officers to the tune of ten per day in the first week of August, with a full implementation by sometime late this year,” said Bailey.

Bailey said other plans include recruiting more officers (the department is up to 1,690), and expanding programs that help catch violent criminals, such as a special violence prevention unit and the homicide unit.

“Our covert units, those in the Crime Gun Intelligence Center, and our violent crimes unit, our homicide unit, are gonna continue to focus on that small number of people that continue to pull the trigger,” he said. “Those folks have to be dealt with and they have to be dealt with in real time to protect our neighborhoods from the senseless gun violence.”

Bailey said during a power point presentation that crimes like burglaries and robberies were down, but acknowledged that some violent crimes, like non-fatal shootings, are up.

“They been in their homes for months. There’s no school. There are no extracurricular activities available. So, all of that energy is pent up,” said Shonna Majors, director of community violence prevention. She said some of the violence also comes from the angst caused by social media posts.

“So, when things started to lift, we really saw an uptick of violence in our city.”

Mayor Joe Hogsett and police Chief Randal Taylor led off the news conference with comments, but both left most of the meat of the presentation to Bailey. They took questions at the end, where Hogsett addressed the issue of defunding police.

“I hear in the media conversations defunding the police or using funds that currently go to law enforcement in other ways,” said the mayor. “I’m not saying that we’re ruling those suggestions out and I’m certainly happy to hear what the councilors have to say in this regard.”

But, Hogsett said he believes the city has demonstrated it is behind the police department in supporting technological advancements and in the addition of personnel.

WRAPS Chris Davis reporting…

Police plans to slow down violence in Indy include more cams and more cops. Chris Davis reports…

Cameras are almost everywhere, but more cameras are needed, says IMPD Deputy Chief Chris Bailey, who says the police have worked out a way where private businesses share their archived camera feeds to help catch crooks…

And the police will have body cams, starting in August. Ten cops per day will get them, until they fin ish equipping the patrol officers near the end of the year.