15G: Improve Safety + Security
Promote increased partnerships between the hospitality industry and public safety officials to formulate initiatives that improve safety for our residents and guests. While short-term programs may be necessary to address real and perceived safety challenges, work must also include taking action to solve deeply rooted community issues that are at the root of many issues, such as poverty, inequities, housing and homelessness, mental health and addiction, education and economic mobility.
Value to the CommunityPublic safety is priority number one for residents and visitors, and efforts to improve safety should extend beyond policing and a focus on crime. While policing is often necessary as an immediate response to harm, community-focused efforts that address root causes can prevent such harms in the first place while allowing more residents to thrive and contribute to the Indy community.
Value to the Hospitality IndustryPublic safety has emerged as a growing concern among meeting planners booking major events in Indianapolis. While Indy's issues with violence, petty crime, and homelessness may not be as severe as many places, because we are a smaller market that has always been perceived as safe, public safety challenges are more unexpected for visitors to encounter and therefore often more defining of their Indy perception.
- November 2022. Increased safety and cleanliness funding. Mayor Hogsett announced $3.5m of funding for increased IMPD bike patrols and security camera grants for businesses, as well as a new downtown-focused DPW cleanliness and maintenance crew. In addition, the city's first 24/7 clinician-led response team will assist those experiencing homelessness.
- Partnerships Under Development