Police reach out to Indianapolis youth

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Members of the police force in Indianapolis spent Saturday reaching out to build relationships with young members of the community.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Community Affairs Branch hosted “Community Day” at the JTV Hill Center which is also used for its Police Athletic League.

Dozens of families browsed 25 vendors representing other central Indiana organizations, programs and services.

IMPD Commander Randal Taylor said officers hoped to highlight expanded options available for youth involvement in the athletic league. In addition to the traditional basketball, baseball and football leagues the organization has made activities like theater, chess and karate available.

“We all hear the stories about some of the things the youth get into; we’re trying to curb that,” Taylor said. “We’re trying to make sure that we have those relationships, [to] try to make sure [young people] stay on the right path.”

Saturday’s event was the first of what IMPD anticipated would be an annual showcase.

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