Indianapolis leaders pass crime fighting lessons to police in Louisville

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Two cities are teaming up to fight a spike in violent crime.

Community leaders and police from Louisville met with members of the 10 Point Coalition.   The group from Louisville has spent the last 2 days learning about various strategies being used to combat violent crime in Indianapolis.

The number of shootings and homicides have surged in Indianapolis this year.

At the same time, murders in Louisville have reached levels not seen in decades and those two cities are not alone.

“We’ve seen violent crime spike across the country and people are struggling with what can we do?” said Louisville church leader Vincent James.

James traveled up from Louisville, along with Louisville police, to sit down with the 10 Point Coalition as the group explained how they use ex-offenders to patrol neighborhoods like Butler-Tarkington and Crown Hill which have both gone a year without a homicide.

Peace walks have also come to symbolize how partnerships between police, residents and the faith community can lead to a safer city.

“I think all police departments are learning we can’t arrest our way out of these problems,” said major Eric Johnson with the Louisville police department.

This week major Johnson met with IMPD police chief Troy Riggs getting a look inside IMPD’s data driven approach to tracking crimes.   Johnson came away impressed with the chief’s new beat policing model.

“That’s an innovative idea and something we’re interested in learning more about,” said Johnson.

“It’s important we pass info to each other to help in this fight,” said Rev. Charles Harrison with the 10 Point Coalition.

Still, with 119 criminal homicides in Indy so far this year, members of 10 Point say it’s important for Indianapolis to learn lessons from Louisville as well.

“We’re looking at how do we address this national problem.  It’s not just an Indy or Louisville problem.  It’s a national problem,” said Harrison.

“We’re like everyone else.  We’re looking for some answers,” said James.

The  group from Louisville is also taking part in a peace walk Wednesday night starting at 29th and MLK.

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