INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– The Downtown District of the Indianapolis Metro Police Department is hosting Community Day Thursday on Georgia Street. The annual event brings together downtown residents, businesses and public safety agencies.
Community Relations Officer Tony Brown said an open line of communication between citizens and the police department is key to protecting downtown streets.
“The government agencies come out, fire, police bring different things to see. Some people have never been in a police car so they can that, they can see S.W.A.T, the mounted patrol will be here,” Brown said.
This summer, Police Chief Rick Hite and other community leaders put a focus on safety through a Summer Violence Reduction plan.
The downtown district has been doing its part, said Brown.
“We’re all part of the summer initiative, trying to keep everything safe, having as many officers on the streets as possible, doing different details. It’s really just getting out there more. We have our bike patrols down here, which is unique,” he said.
City-wide crime statistics released August 3rd show criminal homicides are up 48 percent compared to this time one year ago. Overall crime is down about 10 percent. In the downtown district, robberies are up 13 percent year-to-date while overall crime is down 16 percent.
Brown said part of Community Day is encouraging citizens to do their part keeping downtown safe.
“Number one: eyes and ears…. Because they let us know what’s going on in their area. There are statistics to tell us what’s going on, but the people that live, there work, there play there, they are the best resources to tell you if something’s really bad and then we can send allocations and resources that way,” said Brown.
Community Day is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the center block of Georgia Street and will include free food from downtown restaurants like Harry and Izzy’s, Kilroys, Claddagh Irish Pub and Webber Grill. Long’s Bakery will host a doughnut eating contest. There will be a live D.J. and complimentary massages through Health First Wellness Center. Brown said the goal is to make the atmosphere like a celebration and everyone is welcome.