- Associated Press - Monday, July 21, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The city of Indianapolis has started a full-time SWAT unit to try to help deal with violent crime.

Public Safety Director Troy Riggs tells The Indianapolis Star (https://indy.st/1u0S8zT ) be believes the permanent SWAT unit can help mitigate violence in the city, but says that is not its only purpose. He says the two main goals are to increase citizen safety and to increase police officer safety.

Two Indianapolis police officers have been killed in the line of duty since September.

Riggs also says that most major cities have SWAT units and this shows that Indianapolis is taking its place among those cities. Previously, the city’s SWAT team suited up only to deal with specific dangerous situations.

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Information from: The Indianapolis Star, https://www.indystar.com


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