By Eric Levy
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 31, 2014) -- After what children might see as a very scary situation, an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department SWAT officer took the time to make sure nearby children knew the police were there to protect them.
Jutta Allen sent us a video she captured on her cell phone that shows one of IMPD's SWAT officers making friends with her two-year-old and three-year-old grand kids. They were outside their home during a SWAT standoff across the street. It ended peacefully, and that officer went over, in full SWAT gear, to talk to the kids and give them glow sticks.
"They were actually afraid of the police prior to this, and he took the time to come over here," Allen said.
There was also this photo of other officers recently helping a homeless man do something we find to be very easy - putting on shoes. Those are the officers who are protecting us.
"It just speaks to the level of officers that we have. We have great officers in this department that are dedicated to serving the public," said Ofc. Rafael Diaz.
This story comes at a time when the IMPD is trying to improve its image.
An IMPD officer resigned this week following his second DUI arrest. There have been others recently who've faced similar problems. There's also some fall out from the David Bisard conviction back in November. With all of that being handled, there are many other officers - the majority of officers - who are doing a lot of good.