INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – For some time, IMPD has targeted high crime areas in an effort to stop trouble before it starts.
Thursday night, officers from around the city assisted the North District, especially in the area of 34th Street and Forest Manor Avenue, where IMPD Officer Perry Renn was killed nearly two weeks ago.
“It’s been an active area ever since I’ve been on the department,” said IMPD Sgt. Paul Vanek.
Sgt. Vanek is a 17-year veteran with IMPD, based out of the North District. He worked alongside Officer Perry Renn for many years.
“It’s an area where we get a lot of foot traffic,” Vanek said of the North District. “There’s some drug dealing in the area, we’ve had a lot of shots fired runs in the area and, obviously, as you know, that’s where Officer Renn was murdered.”
Thursday night turned out to be a quiet night by comparison, with officers mostly covering traffic stops.
“Hopefully if I’m doing my job right, I have my guard up every weekend,” Vanek said.
Reminding folks that, on this seemingly routine night, this job is anything but routine.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been in disbelief over an officer getting killed because it’s happened,” Vanek said. “In 17 years, I’ve seen it far too much.”