Operation First Step is working in neighborhoods affected by crime

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The second phase of the Operation First Step in Indianapolis is to make sure the families and neighborhoods swept by crime are not left behind.

On Thursday morning, members of code enforcement, the health department, the Office of Public Health and Safety along with IMPD conducted a neighborhood sweep.

A two block area near 6100 Nimitz Drive on the East side was assessed. The team checked the conditions, cited unsafe buildings, high weeds and trash.

The goal is to improve quality of life and reduces crime.

“So if we can improve every neighborhood one or two blocks at a time like we’re doing today, eventually everything gets improved,” said Julie Fidler with the Indianapolis Office of Public Health & Safety.

In late July and August, the city will return to the neighborhood and talk with people directly.

“We’ll follow up again later in the summer to help people access support services and address some of those underlying issues that may lead to situations of poverty, unemployment or people who have mental health needs. We’ll work with our community partners to come back again into these neighborhoods," said Fidler.