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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A new police program designed to help inner-city high school grads got a huge boost tonight.

The department was awarded a special sort of grant. It is the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis Foundation, and tonight at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, they kicked off a new century of philanthropy by giving back in a big way; nearly 40 Indianapolis organizations and individuals were awarded a million dollars in surprise grants.

$100,000 was awarded to IMPD to begin its cadet program. The plan is to hire ten high schoolers who have an interest in law enforcement and have limited means of attending college, and put them through a 3 to 4 year cadet program. Mandatory school attendance would also be required.

Chief Troy Riggs says this program could positively impact the lives of children, and is grateful to the Indianapolis Foundation for planting the seed to help the program to grow.

“As a result of the program, we believe that after a few years of training internally, going to college and then hitting the streets of Indianapolis, it’s gonna do a lot for us. It’s gonna be the most diverse workforce we’ve ever had, the most educated and they’re gonna know more about the police department as a whole because of this program,” said Chief Riggs.

The Indianapolis Foundation is a public health charity and an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation.

Chief Riggs says the cadet program could start at the first of the year, and hopes after several years to grow the program to give even more kids help to further their education.