INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- More than 20 IMPD officers started their work day by bringing attention to violent crimes in one neighborhood. The Northwest District members held their roll call at 32nd Street and Clifton Avenue, the location of the city’s latest homicide.
Northwest District Commander Michael Jefferson invited neighborhood residents and members of the Indy Ten Point Coalition to join officers for the roving roll call. After attendance was taken, Jefferson encouraged those in uniform to keep working the streets and getting tips from the community.
"We want to let the public know the police are out here," Jefferson said. "We need folks to reach back to us and let us know what’s going on."
Those in uniform stood side by side with people who live near the intersection. Linda Ellis said she heard about the roving roll call and started calling her neighbors to ask them to join her for the event.
"I think it shows unity," Ellis said. "I think it also shows that people do care."
The group of cops, faith leaders and residents gathered in prayer before the officers started their shift. They stood just feet away from where a man was found shot inside a car Sunday. He was taken to the hospital but did not survive his injuries. Last month, a 15-year-old was found shot in alley and later died.
"I don’t think it’s really the neighbors that are doing it," said David Mason, a long-time resident. "I’d just like for it to stop."
Dozens of squad cars parked around the block painted a clear picture to criminals.
"We’re going to get you, we’re going keep after you until we put you in jail," said Jefferson referring to those who turn to violence.
But, Jefferson said IMPD needs the public's help to make that happen.
"Without those people in the community that are concerned talking to us, police can only do so much," he said.
Residents like Ellis are heeding the call.
"The only way we can take our neighborhood back is to work with the police department and stop being afraid to come out," Ellis said.
Officers plan to continue doing these roving roll calls throughout the month to bring attention to the violence in other areas.
"Roving Roll Call" Schedule:
- Sunday, May 7th - 601 Abington Dr. (Abington Apts.) 1:30 p.m.
- Friday, May 12th - 6300 W. 38th St. 1:30 p.m.
- Saturday, May 20th - 5700 Renn Ln. 1:30 p.m.