Troy Riggs began his police career 90 miles south of here in Louisville more than 20 years ago. During that time, Riggs said he visited Indianapolis a lot and told his wife, ‘You know, I wouldn't mind living there someday.’
Mayor Greg Ballad officially tapped the veteran cop to solve Indianapolis public safety woes Tuesday.
“It is going to be a safer town. What I’m asking citizens to do is to be patient, things take time,” said Riggs.
“I want to be out in the community, I want to hear their thoughts, I want to hear what they're concerned about and i want to make sure that we are meeting their needs as a department.”
Riggs will spend Tuesday evening making the rounds of roll call sites, meeting the men and women o his police dept.
“I want to listen to their ideas. I want to hear what they envision for their police department, what they envision for public safety because they’re out there doing that job every day.”
For the time being, Riggs says Interim Police Chief Rick Hite has a chance to prove he can keep his job.
“I've talked to the mayor and the mayor is very supportive of Chief Hite. I have had conversation with chief hit and I like Chief Hite.
“I think he is a very dedicated, a true police professional and he will be treated like everyone else. It’s his job at this time.”
Meanwhile, metro cops are fighting a rising crime rate with fewer officers.
Reporter: “They've got budget problems. Would you be willing to take a 3 percent pay cut to help out?”
Riggs: “Well, I’ve taken, I think right now a more than 3 percent pay cut coming here. It’s one of those things, if I think it’s necessary for morale then I will certainly look at that.”
Riggs goes back to Texas to wrap up things at the city hall in Corpus Christi. He will begin work here Oct. 29.