IMPD Chief believes community courts could decrease crime

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Rick Hite is pushing for more community courts in the city.

Community courts focus on addressing local neighborhood problems. That court system deals with a variety of issues from public intoxication, trespassing, and even vandalism. Violators are usual sentenced to performing community service in that neighborhood.

Currently there are more than 100 community courts in the U.S. There is one here in Marion County. Hite believes if the community system is used more it can provide residents with more follow up if they’ve been victimized.

“We have a short time as police officers on how much time we have to investigate, and spend time with that person to resolve conflict,” said Hite.

On Tuesday morning, residents met with IMPD officers over a cup of coffee. The officers and residents met at McDonald’s for the annual Coffee with a Cop.

One woman, told 24-Hour News 8 crews that she would welcome the idea of using the community courts system more to prevent and solve crime.

“We can get the whole neighborhood together to work on things because it’s getting bad out there,” said Tina Anthis.

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