Indy's Ten Point Coalition trains Muncie group on crime reducing tactics

Posted at 6:13 PM, Feb 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-22 15:45:01-05

MUNCIE, Ind. -- The Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition will work a group out of Muncie to help train them to reduce crime in their community.

“He’s doing so many great things in Indianapolis. I want him to bring the same tactics here,” said Marwin Strong with Fight Against Drugs and Violence.

Reverend Charles Harrison said they would share what has worked for the Ten Point Coalition in Indianapolis.

“Teaching them how to do an effective safety patrol or faith walks. This is not a march. You don’t do it in large numbers. Break it down into small groups,” said Rev. Harrison.

The main message Rev. Harrison said they would share with the group in Muncie is how to mobilize the community and identify outreach workers who can connect with at-risk citizens.

Strong has lived in Muncie all his life and said he looks forward to what they can learn from the Ten Point Coalition and start using in their community.

“Muncie is a small community, but I believe it could really impact this community because a lot of people want to be involved in this type of movement,” said Strong.

Rev. Harrison said his group would give Muncie the template of what to do, but the community is going to have to do the work.

“They are gonna have to identify individuals who may be OGs, former drug dealers who have turned their lives around and are able to get into the world they are trying to get into,” said Rev. Harrison. “They are gonna have to be the ambassadors to the individuals they are trying to reach.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation awarded Indianapolis’ Ten Point Coalition the  Director’s Community Leadership Award last month for their work in the Butler-Tarkington, Crown Hill, and United Northwest neighborhoods.

A member of the coalition will travel to Washington, D.C. in April to officially receive the award. 

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