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IMPD, Lawrence Police, ReSet Center hold 'trading places' community policing event

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Posted at 8:38 PM, Sep 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-22 17:04:42-04

LAWRENCE — Community members and law enforcement officers in Marion County came together Saturday afternoon for a community policing event.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Lawrence Police Department officers and the ReSet Center held "trading places," an event focused on promoting an increased mutual understanding between police officers and community members.

During the event, attendees went to three breakout sessions, including traffic stops, juvenile justice and "comply now, complain later."

During the traffic stop breakout session, Howard Harding, pastor and executive director of the ReSet Center, and a Lawrence police officer switched roles to show people what it's like from the other side.

You can watch the video of the simulated stop below:

Trading Places community policing event: Traffic stop

"I think we have sugar coated things too often," Harding said. "We are not addressing the real issues."

Harding says this is why when he did the traffic stop, he asked the officer to show and tell him what he thinks during the stop as a citizen.

The event was held Saturday afternoon at the ReSet Center on North Post Road.