Indianapolis programs to improve public safety and curb violence were recently awarded federal funds.
The Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods announced grants for programs that target community outreach, gun crime reduction and data improvement.
Nearly $50,000 will be given to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s Right Fit initiative. The after-school program pairs police officers with local youth to build relationships and trust.
More than $30,000 will go to the city to provide training on reducing crime through environmental design.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said reducing violent crime takes all partners.
“Through enhanced coordination, we can effectively invest in and transform neighborhoods across our city,” Hogsett said. “The programs funded by Project Safe Neighborhoods are strong examples of how collaboration can lead to better outcomes for residents.”
The programs are led by local law enforcement agencies in an effort to reduce violent crime through community-based prevention, engagement and reentry.