(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson unveiled his plan Tuesday to increase public safety.
The plan puts 23 animal care and control officers on the streets before and after school. But Peterson says the plan comes at no extra expense to taxpayers. "We're doing this by redeploying officers in a way that we feel more naturally matches the need out there," Peterson said. The measure involves shift changes for the officers.
The mayor calls the plan "innovative staff management." Peterson says, "we will do everything in our power to keep our children safe as the new school year begins."
Peterson cited statistics that suggest the most common victims of dog bites are children between the ages of seven and ten years old. "So far this year, 32 percent of Indianapolis dog bite victims are under the ages of 18," Peterson said.
Any citizen with information on a stray is urged to call the Mayor's Action Center at (317) 327-4622.
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