INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers using a scientific approach to high-crime areas say their technique has worked.
A summer initiative has reduced crime in five specific areas and brought more people out on their porches.
“We don't want them to live in fear, if they know that there's a drug dealer down the street, or there's some other sort of unsavory activity going on. We want them to call us,” Lt. Chris Bailey said.
Since IMPD started targeting efforts in those five areas, they are seeing results. Those results are due largely to the partnerships IMPD has developed with neighbors and area businesses, along with a concentrated police presence and divisions working together.
Since April, when IMPD started their targeted "summer plan," crime in those areas is down. According to the department’s July report, homicides are down from 14 percent to 0 percent and shootings went from 11 percent to just 6 percent in those targeted areas.
Eulaila Johnson lived in a targeted zip code on Graceland Street for 27 years. She remembers when the area became dangerous. She says about 10 years ago, “just a whole bunch of killing and stuff like that. A lot of the younger generation moved in, and drugs just took over.”
But that was before police increased their presence and shut down abandoned buildings that served as drug houses. She says she's seen a difference, and hopes it stays that way. And Lt. Bailey says maintaining the strides they’ve made is IMPD’s goal as well.
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