BROAD RIPPLE – As part of its summer initiative, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department rolls out its Thursday night detail to add patrols to some of Indianapolis’ most trouble-prone neighborhoods.
The night before the Fourth of July, the Broad Ripple area was chosen for added attention.
Approximately 20 officers drawn from across the city, including the on-duty SWAT team, flooded the streets of the Village for several hours in an attempt to add visual and enforcement muscle to one of Indianapolis’ most popular communities before the long holiday weekend.
“Tonight we’re working Broad Ripple,” said Sgt. Andrew Rolinson. “Recently there’s been some robberies around the Broad Ripple Village area. We’re looking to accomplish making a statement that we’re not going to put up with crime in our city. Broad Ripple is one of the staples of Indianapolis and people come out for a good time and we’re going to make sure that we’re going to keep them safe as they partake in their activities.”
Officers in marked cars held roll call in Broad Ripple Park before fanning out in the Village and its surrounding neighborhoods.
“We’re going to throw more officers than usual in the area,” said Rolinson. “Patrol not only Broad Ripple Avenue but the outlying areas. Kind of keep an eye on people walking to and from their cars. People on the Monon. Kind of get the word out that the Monon closes at dusk. That’s for their safety.”
A group of bicyclists unsuccessfully petitioned the city to keep the Monon Trail open throughout the night for biking and walking.
Other visitors to Broad Ripple realize safety is their own responsibility.
“I been here long enough and I know the dangers,” said Alex Rodman who was on her way to the Alley Car to spend the evening with friends listening to electronica. “You just have to be smart about it and know don’t walk to your car in the middle of the night by yourself and just be aware of your surroundings. If you’re going to be drinking, get a driver to follow you out or pick you up.”