The public has high expectations for public safety.
Indianapolis, Indiana is the thirteenth largest city in the United States. Indianapolis appears to be under-policed for the size of the city, particularly when compared with similarly sized cities Columbus, Ohio, St. Louis, Missouri, and Louisville, Kentucky, all of which have more per capita police.
There are many factors that lead to criminal behavior and as a result, there are no simple solutions. Solutions must be multi-faceted, comprehensive, and multi-dimensional in focus. What follows are a series of policy considerations for the community to consider.
Education is one of the most important aspects of human development. It is the most foundational institution for our youth. Education plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of society. It gives us the tools to become productive citizens by acquiring all the necessary skills. We learn how to meet challenges and overcome obstacles. Moreover, high quality education enables us to lead a successful life, prepare leaders for service, and bring positive changes within our communities. What our children learn in school today will determine whether Indianapolis can meet our greatest challenges in the future.
Education is an institution that expands beyond the general bounds of K-12 education. This has been recognized by Indiana’s statewide On My Way Pre-K program. The sponsoring of extracurricular activities that promote the physical, social and intellectual well-being of children demonstrates how education goes beyond books. Education should be approached in a holistic manner seeking to not only teach curriculum but to also build communities.