City officials, IMPD bring back Indianapolis Violence Reduction Partnership

Posted at 12:51 AM, May 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-16 00:52:37-04

INDIANAPOLIS – An old crime prevention program will come back to life in an effort to stop city violence.

The Indianapolis Violence Reduction Partnership, a program that helped reduce crime in the city between 1998-2004, will get a makeover, city officials said Monday.

IVRP showed some improvement during its previous days, although it was dropped as other ideas were implemented. Police officials hope to have the same luck this time around.

The new version will target repeat offenders and allow IMPD to share police intelligence with community groups in hopes of resolving conflicts before they turn into shootings.

Hugh Gilbert, who lives in one of the city’s focus areas at 25th Street and Keystone Avenue said safety is a priority.

“We’re taxpayers and we’d just like to see a safe neighborhood,” said Gilbert.

To get the program in full effect, police plan to reach out to community groups to determine exactly how they will work together to solve conflict.

Mayor Joe Hogsett said he believes resurfacing the program will be a step in the right direction for the city.

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