FOP announces McGruff part of new crime prevention plan

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INDIANAPOLIS – One day ahead of the city’s next crime prevention town hall, the Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police announced its new crime prevention plan for youth.

The FOP wants to focus on four categories: drugs, gangs, gun safety and anti-bullying. It plans to do so in part by bringing back familiar crime prevention curriculum like McGruff the crime dog and Eddie Eagle Guns Safe Program. It has yet to gather the funds to purchase those programs and costumes.

“We know the value of engaging youth in much younger ages to help lay that foundation and the groundwork to really place in their hearts a sense of crime prevention,” said FOP Vice President Rick Snyder.

Engaging youth is exactly what Neva Brooks is hoping to do. She founded MASK, Mother Against Senseless Killing, about two years ago to help mothers who had lost children to violence.

“I’m hoping we can get to the root of what’s causing the crime,” she said.

Part of the solution, Brooks believes, has to start at the family level and must involve changing the goals for our children.

“It used to be that they wanted to be basketball players, professional athletes. And now you don’t even hear that… they want money and fast,” she said.

She said she plans to attend the next Community Conversation; a series of town halls on crime prevention introduced by Public Safety Director Troy Riggs. The meeting will be led by City-County Council President Maggie Lewis on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Light of the World Church.

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