IMPD honored citizens who went above the call of duty

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A half a dozen Hoosiers who’ve gone above and beyond the call of duty were honored Tuesday, with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Crime Fighters of the Year Award.

Rachel Cooper was one of those honored, she is the president of the Southeast Community Organization.

24-Hour News 8 first reported the story last week of how Cooper and the work she has done over the years to disrupt crime, create free programs and provide safe havens for kids has not gone unnoticed. On Tuesday she received the award, a bottle of champagne and a special recognition for her efforts.

At the ceremony the IMPD officer who presented the award to Cooper said she does the work without waiting for others to do it.

“Instead of waiting for the government to fix it, she instead goes to work addressing the problems with the limited resources at her disposal. If more communities had Rachel Coopers, we would see less crime, more unity and stronger neighborhoods.”

Several others were honored on Tuesday, including Deette Bennett for her work with the Community Heights Neighborhood Organization on the city’s east side.

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