Law enforcement agencies team up to keep July 4th celebrations safe

IMPD Officers meet before patrolling Independence Day celebrations
IMPD Officers meet before patrolling Independence Day celebrations

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – 5,000 people filled Victory Field this Friday to celebrate Fourth of July.

“We’re having family time down at the Indians game. Yay,” Brenda Miller said.

“Oh my gosh, the weather’s beautiful. Couldn’t ask for a better day for a baseball game,” Stewart Propes said.

Hundreds more stroll down Georgia Street and fill city parks.

“We like to be by the kid’s activities. We like watching the band and spending time with family, that’s our biggest thing,” Deanna Schultz said.

Fourth of July is all about fun and fireworks, but for law enforcement the big crowds can be a big challenge.

“We want to make sure that nobody is causing problems. No one is harassing anyone. We want everyone to enjoy their time downtown,” Chief of Indianapolis Homeland Security Gary Coons said.

IMPD, Indiana State Police and Homeland Security make up the dozens of uniformed officers patrolling the parties.

“Our ERG squads, we have our bomb team out, and we’re just down here to make sure everybody has a good time,” Coons said.

They’re keeping an eye out for personal fireworks and suspicious group gatherings.

“We’re really pushing the ‘see something, say something,'” Coons said.

For folks downtown, they are saying the extra police presence is a welcome sight.

“Every corner you see some, so it’s okay. At least they’re watching out and making sure everyone is safe,” Taylor Simpson said.

These officers are allowing Hoosiers young and old to feel safe and enjoy the celebration in downtown Indy. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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