INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A strong police presence monitored downtown crowds Saturday night. Large groups of visitors were expected in the streets because of the Circle City Classic.
Police officers could be seen on every corner of the downtown area.
They were not alone.
40 members of the Ten Point Coalition helped patrol the streets.
"Yeah I feel safe," said Nikisha Edwards. "That's good. We are out here enjoying ourselves. We don't want no trouble."
The Department of Public Safety recently gave the Ten Point Coalition a new $2,000 grant. The money allows the Coalition to increase the number of days they are out on the street from two days a week to four days a week.
"People seem to like that kind of relationship and everybody seems to be enjoying themselves for tonight. That speaks well for the city and we are glad about it," said Pastor Mel Jackson, Christian Love Baptist Church.
It's work that can turn dangerous in a second.
Last week, near 38th and Illinois, Ten Point Coalition members say someone pulled a gun on one of the patrols.
"They really didn't want my team there because they were selling drugs and doing illegal stuff. They were trying to intimidate my team so they would leave the area but we didn't leave," said Rev. Charles Harrison.
On Saturday night, the downtown crowds appeared friendly.
The Coalition members patrolled around Lucas Oil Stadium, Circle Center Mall and the Canal.
The Capital Improvement Board voted Monday to spend close to $200,000 on a master plan for tourism in the Circle City.
The girlfriend of one of the north side home invasion suspects was arrested Monday.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department was investigating three cases where victims say they were robbed at gunpoint while they warmed up their vehicles.