Pat Flannelly

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Earlier this year, a state law mandated that a police department could not charge more than $150 for a copy of police body camera footage. The question now: Is $150 a fair price or might it have a cooling effect on people seeking video? WBAA’s Charlotte Tuggle reports. 

Police departments across Indiana are grappling with the cost of body-worn camera technology.

Some have quit the process altogether, saying the expense is too great for their department – even if they can recoup $150 every time someone asks for footage.

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This is a story about a house.

But first, some background on how this house, in Lafayette’s Columbian Park neighborhood, came to be this story’s main character.

In February, after months of citizen concern about a crime spike, Lafayette’s police chief held a press conference.

Pat Flannelly talked about the tools at his disposal – everything from squad cars to software.

Lafayette Police Thursday confirmed violent crime did, in fact, increase in the city in 2015.

“Where we saw probably our biggest jump in 2015 was in aggravated assaults," says Police Chief Pat Flannelly. "In 2015, we had 323, as compared to 219 in 2014.”

Flannelly notes the aggravated assaults, or attacks involving a weapon, account for most of a 115-incident, year-over-year increase in violent crime.

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The Lafayette Police Department is hoping new initiatives to increase visibility and effectiveness in the community will help crack down on an increase in drug-related crime.

Mayor Tony Roswarski says the amount of drug-related crime has increased along with the statewide surge in heroin and methamphetamine use. As the police pointed out Thursday, hardly anyone robs a convenience store or commits fraud against their friends family in order to buy a family dinner.

Flannelly is Lafayette's new police chief

Oct 18, 2012

An 18-year veteran is taking over as Lafayette's police chief.

Lieutenant Pat Flannelly will replace Don Roush, who is retiring at the end of the month to take a new position at Purdue.

Flannelly will work with the outgoing chief over the next week-and-a-half to transition into his new role.

'Nextdoor' to open communication among neighbors

Sep 6, 2012

A new social media site is up and running for Lafayette residents to share information on community safety.

'Nextdoor' is a free, private, network that allows neighbors to exchange information about their area.

Police Lieutenant Pat Flannelly says establishing this type of communication leads to a more secure environment.

The site has been up for about two weeks.

Flannelly says so far there are roughly 200-households signed up.