Community conversations focus on curbing crime

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The conversation about curbing crime in Indianapolis was scheduled to continue on multiple platforms across the city Wednesday.

A committee is expected to spend time considering how an idea of moving police officers into neighborhoods notorious for crime might work.

In June, City-County Council democrats introduced the “Safe Neighborhoods Now!” initiative which suggested spending RebuildIndy funds on rehabbing homes in which Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers could live rent free for two years.

In Broad Ripple, neighborhood leaders are soliciting a brainstorm between people working, living and visiting the cultural district in reaction to a mass shooting July 5.

The Broad Ripple Village Association will host a public forum Wednesday to hear possible solutions to problems facing the neighborhood.

In a letter delivered to the community, the president of the association’s board of directors, Justin McKeand, said work to eliminate violence in the community is ongoing but should include everyone affected.

“We want to see Broad Ripple return to its roots as a vibrant and thriving cultural district. The task is impossible to achieve on our own; it will take the cooperation of residents, business owners, visitors and city leaders,” McKeand wrote.

The association’s planned the forum from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Northminster Presbyterian Church at 1660 Kessler Boulevard East Drive.

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