After 2 tax hikes, Indianapolis still has fewer police

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The city of Indianapolis has raised income taxes twice in the last nine years to raise money to hire more officers, but it still has fewer police.

As of the beginning of the month, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department had nearly 60 fewer officers than it did when the first tax hike was added in 2007. An Indianapolis Star analysis of city documents shows the city is spending 33 percent more on police than it did then and the biggest reason is pay raises.

Indianapolis has about 1,600 officers who get paid about 25 percent more than they did in 2007.

The union that represents officers, the Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police, didn’t respond to newspaper requests for comment. Its president asked for additional pay raises at a budget hearing last week.

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