Indy leaders hope work addresses any tensions between public and police

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind, - Indianapolis leaders are hopeful the work they are doing to keep any tensions between the police and community from boiling over will prevent a tragedy like the Dallas shootings from happening here at home.

In May, IMPD returned to beat policing. Officers are walking neighborhood streets, having tough, but honest conversations, and working to build relationships. There are also beat officers working entertainment districts.

"We wanted them to know the shop owners, know those business owners, get to know when the major events were occurring," said Chief Troy Riggs. "The police department's done a very good job for years. I think that we've been even more proactive."

Rev. Charles Harrison with the 10 Point Coalition has taken notice.

"We're doing some things in Indianapolis that's a little ahead of some other cities," he said. "I think we have been really working hard and having honest conversations about the relationship between police and particularly the black community.  And the fears that exist and the tension between officers and particularly black males. And I think it’s been healthy.”

Riggs said people can continue to help this process by speaking out when they see injustice.

"The best thing you can do to help officers and community members is if you see something going on in your community, talk about it. If you see a crime being committed, give us a call. If you see a simple argument, give us a call. If you see someone making threats, give us a call. We're going to have to work together to make sure that our city remains safe."

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