A town in Hamilton County has been ranked as the safest place in the state. After crunching the crime statistics, a national magazine said Fishers is the safest town in Indiana and the police department says its citizens are making it happen.
Art Hennig is one volunteer on the front lines helping the Fishers Police Department.
“Reporting things that are out of place is just one of the things we do,” said Hennig.
Hennig mans the phones at the police department two to three days a week and went through a rigorous citizen’s police academy. Then he brings all of that training back into his community.
“We’ve got neighborhood watch groups all over the town of Fishers,” said Hennig. “We started one in our community. It’s kind of what we drum into every one’s head when you see it and it doesn’t look right and you call police, that’s what they’re there for.”
Location Inc. Magazine said that partnership is working. It named Fishers as the safest city in Indiana and the 19th safest city in the nation.
“We have a great police department here,” said Fishers Police Officer Tom Weger. “But we can’t do it without the citizens. The citizens really buy into the way we operate as a public safety entity.”
The magazine said its research showed low rates of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, murder, forcible rape, armed robbery and aggravated assault.
Fishers Police Department said it’s because town leaders put their money where their mouth is.
“We have very good funding and so we do have access to the best training, the best equipment so those two things help us do our job very well,” said Weger.
Art said Fishers being named as the safest town in Indiana is a reflection of a community that takes great pride in being the eyes and ears of the police force to keep the streets safe for families and businesses. He said if you live here it’s no big surprise.
“These guys are doing a great job around here,” Weger said. “It’s something we expect.”