25-page crime prevention plan released

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Forest Manor Multi-Service Center, an organization that provides assistance and programs for families living on the east side, revealed a 25-page Crime Prevention Plan on Tuesday.

The plan includes adding more police, creating hotlines for parents in need, and connecting others with community resources.

Thanks to a grant, the center created the plan. Organizers also called in a Chicago activist, Ameena Matthews. She will train residents how to disrupt and confront crime. The blueprint for this model has been used in Chicago, Philadelphia, and in Minneapolis.

Students at Youth Build Indy weighed in on the plan during a round table discussion. The program helps teens, ages 18-24, get their GED, and job training.

Darica Chambers graduated from that program. She believes the this new crime plan will work, but she would like to see others take initiative to help themselves like find their own jobs.

“There are a lot of jobs out there, but some people don’t want to get the help,” said Chambers.

On Tuesday evening, residents filed into Charles A. Tindley to discuss crime prevention and hear the plan. On April 21, a meeting will be held to discuss ways to implement this new strategy.

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