IMPD ‘walks the beat’ to fight crime following near northwest side shooting

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Two teenagers are recovering after being shot Wednesday on Indy’s near northwest side.

In response to the violence, the IMPD teamed up with faith leaders to walk around one of the city’s focus areas where the shooting took place.

Flanked by officers who walk the streets everyday, Reverend Charles Harrison and IMPD commander Karen Arnett stroll through one of the city’s crime hot spots around 29th and MLK.

Just 17 hours earlier on Wednesday, two teens were shot in the leg while standing in the street. That shooting marked the 211th non-fatal shooting in the city this year.

“We’re concerned about what’s going on in our neighborhoods,” said Harrison.

Police say walking beats is key to making connections with residents when they're not responding to a crime scene.

“When things happen and we’re in crisis mode that’s not time to make those relationships.  So it’s important we do that now,” said Arnett.

The walk also allowed police to look for issues that cause crime and one problem stood out above the rest.

“There are quite a few abandoned houses that allows crime to breed in those areas,” said Arnett.

Fixing the blight in the inner city is not a problem that can be cured simply with more officers on the streets.

“I’ve been in this neighborhood 25 years and I’ve seen it get worse every year.  We have to do something about it If we’re going to turn this around with the crime and the violence,” said Harrison.

“It’s not going to happen overnight, but every day if we build relationships block by block, we’ll have our neighborhoods.  Then we’ll have the city,” said Arnett.

As for the shooting that led to the walk, no arrests have been made.  The victims are expected to be OK.

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