INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – On Tuesday night, 24-Hour News 8 went inside an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department community forum where future police recruits looked for solutions to help fight crime.
Inside Fairbanks Hall downtown, dozens of potential IMPD recruits and members of the community gathered for a Community Conversation. The point of this meeting was to hear crime fighting solutions and show potential officers the faces behind IMPD’s fight in crime.
“It’s good to get a closer look on the inside to see what I can potentially be a part of,” Potential IMPD Recruit Everett Greene, III said.
Several of the recruits acknowledged there is a crime problem in Indianapolis. They said officers can’t do it alone, but building a relationship with the community can help stop it.
“This is part of Chief Hite’s commitment to break down that wall,” IMPD Lt. Chris Bailey said.
From crime stoppers to narcotics to panhandling, each department was represented. It was eye-opening for potential recruit Matthew Arnold who has seen crime in the city first-hand.
“What I’ve seen here is that there’s definitely a need for police officers especially inside the 465 loop because crime is going up even in the neighborhood I live in. There’s still petty crimes that happen on a daily basis,” Arnold said.
Greene said attending this forum opens his eyes to why having a relationship with the community is important.
“It brings the officers down to people, which I think is the whole point of this,” he said, “I think that’s some of the barrier that needs to be broken down and I think that would help solve more cases, reduce some of the crime if you have a better relationship with the people you sworn, protect and serve.”
All of the potential recruits in attendance were not required to be at the meeting. IMPD Chief Hite was not at the meeting on Tuesday. He’s in Washington, DC for National Police Week.