INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Police, faith leaders and community members gathered Sunday afternoon to celebrate 365 days without a murder in the Crown Hill neighborhood.
“I just want to thank the residents of Crown Hill, the churches, the businesses and certainly the great work that IMPD has done," Reverend Charles Harrison said to begin the event.
He then handed the podium to IMPD Police Chief Troy Riggs who credited the safer streets to the work of the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition helping residents get jobs and find other ways besides violence to resolve conflicts, the new beat officers assigned to neighborhoods earlier this year and the information coming from the new data center.
"No one should live here in the Crown Hill neighborhood and be fearful to go out at night," Riggs said. "No one should be fearful to go on a bike ride. No one should be fearful to let their children go out and play and because of these good people standing behind me, because the men and women of the police department it has been a safer year this year."
Riggs added his department will continue the work its been doing with more than $20 million worth of resources over the next three years going toward fighting crime in some of Indy's most dangerous areas, including the Crown Hill neighborhood.
IMPD North District Commander Chris Bailey echoed that sentiment stating this year anniversary without a murder is only a beginning.
“You have be committed to the long haul," Bailey said. "One year is a great milestone, but it is not the end. This is going to be a long, multi-year effort to really make long-lasting change in the neighborhood.”