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Indianapolis Seeks to Reduce Violence in High-Crime Areas

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Indianapolis officials plan to try to cut violent crime in the city's six most dangerous neighborhoods by 5 percent through a combination of government services, private aid and adding more police.

Public Safety Director Troy Riggs says the goal is to enhance the quality of life for people living in those neighborhoods. The Indianapolis Star reports the potential for being shot, killed, for overdosing on drugs or needing mental health services is those neighborhoods are two to seven times more likely than elsewhere in Indianapolis.

City officials say they plan to identify the 100 individuals re-entering society after prison who are the most at risk of re-offending and offering them “wrap-around'' services. The city announced last week it plans to hire 115 more police officers this year.

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