INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Millions of Americans Tuesday took part in National Night Out including at various events throughout Indianapolis.
Hundreds of residents poured into Indy’s Washington Park Tuesday. Many surrounded Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett to listen to his message of peace.
“We hope that tonight sends a very powerful message that in Indianapolis, our relationship between law enforcement officials and our community is very strong,” said Hogsett.
National Night Out is the perfect opportunity to mend relations between IMPD officers and the residents they patrol. The 46218 zip code, where Washington Park is, is one of the most violent zip codes in the city. But residents there say their relationship with police is a strong one.
“We have a community family, the police, the businesses, and the neighbors,” said Mark Webster, a volunteer at the Washington Park event.
“I know he’s got my back, when I call him, he’s going to come. But I’ve got his back and I want him to know that,” said City-County Councilman, William Oliver (D – District 9).
“We’ve certainly come a long way from last summer to right now,” said IMPD North District Commander Chris Bailey.
At the Butler-Tarkington National Night Out event Tuesday, there was a special celebration. Residents there are grateful for a year free from homicide, a far cry from the violence there in 2015.
“It sends a message to the criminals that you’re not welcome here and that this neighborhood, that we do not tolerate violence and we also do not tolerate attacks on our police force,” said Ted Feeney, a member of the Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association.
Butler-Tarkington was a successful example of community policing, where officers and residents work together to slow violent crime.
“Butler-Tarkington is an example for what a community can do when they said they’ve had enough,” said Bailey.
More than 100 events took place across Indianapolis with IMPD officers present at each of them.