After a meeting with Castleton Square mall managers Tuesday, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department released details on how both agencies plan to strengthen security and keep shoppers safe.
The two sides met after fights broke out, guns were pulled out and several teenagers were arrested at the north side mall Saturday night.
“Our partners up there have committed to bringing on some more off-duty officers and we in return are also going to have an increased law enforcement presence at Castleton,” said IMPD Commander Tom Koppel.
The heavy police presence starts this weekend, which is when district officers will also begin performing roll call on mall property.
Parents dropping their children off at the mall will also be handed a letter from mall security that explains events that have developed in the past few days and asks them to do their part.
It reads in part:
“Castleton Square Mall has become ‘the place’ for young people to congregate on weekend evenings… Unfortunately, the situation has escalated to the point where Mall Management has taken serious actions in order to preserve a safe comfortable environment… we have established a Code of Conduct that will be strictly enforced.
“Please do not allow your children to come to the mall just to ‘hang out'”
The Code of Conduct prohibit several actions, including running, yelling, fighting, threatening anyone, using obscene language and loitering.
A spokesman for the mall’s owner, Simon Property Group, said mall security has already begun being more diligent about kicking out any groups of four or more unsupervised minors.
Police believe they have the resources to keep Castleton Square Mall and other shopping venues safe.
“Downtown, we’re still covering it. We can sustain that. We’re putting our resources up in Castleton and we’re putting together mobile resources that can be deployed anywhere in the city within minutes,” explained Deputy Chief Scott Haslar. “We can handle it. The public’s safety is not gonna be a concern.”