National Night Out aims to curb city’s violence

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Tuesday night, neighbors in Central Indiana will gather to take a stand against crime in the annual National Night Out.

This comes as Indianapolis deals with an extremely violent year. So far in 2014, Indianapolis Metro Police report 89 homicides and 81 murders in Marion County alone.

They’re encouraging people to attend National Night Out events and talk with police about what’s going on in the city’s neighborhoods.

The message is serious, but the events are light in nature, with block parties, cookouts and parades, along with balloon artists and bounce houses for kids.

IMPD says their message this year is that the public is invaluable in keeping the streets safe.

“At the end of the day, we all want to feel safe, whether we live in suburbs or we live in the inner city,” IMPD Sgt. Kendale Adams said.

Since National Night Out last year, IMPD lost two officers, Rod Bradway and Perry Renn.

IMPD says officers saw the community support in the weeks that followed, like blue lights for Officer Renn and thousands of Fraternal Order of Police t-shirts sold in his memory.

Now they encourage people to help in crime prevention and let criminals know neighborhoods are fighting back.

“Many times that I’ve gone to National Night Out, Chief Hite has gone to National Night Out, people have come up to us and said, ‘Hey, this is going on in this community, on this block,’” Sgt. Adams said. “That is the type of conversation that promotes peace.”

This is a nationwide event that started in 1984 and increases in size every year.

The full list of events in Marion County is below.

Outside of Marion County, check with local police departments or neighborhood associations for National Night Out events.

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