INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Governor Mike Pence zipped up his Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition vest and hit the streets of a Northwest side neighborhood Monday night, walking side-by-side with Ten Point Coalition volunteers for the first time.
Governor Pence talked face-to-face with the people who live in the neighborhood, asking them about the issues they face and the improvements they have noticed from Ten Point’s community patrols. The group says they have helped areas including Butler Tarkington go 9-months without a homicide.
“I think that this is a model program where people have poured themselves into the lives of these communities and made real change,” said Indiana Governor Mike Pence.
Ten Point Coalition has changed their method of community patrols several times in the past, as they adjust to new crime trends in the area. The group tells Governor Pence that the working with police, neighbors, local businesses and churches has proven to be most successful.
“We get the police standing with the neighborhoods, businesses, community organizations and churches that have all impacted our three neighborhoods,” said Reverend Charles Harrison of Ten Point Coalition.
Community patrols and faith patrol walks are what Governor Pence says the City of Indianapolis must continue to build a bridge of understanding between community leaders and police.
“We need to support law enforcement and we need to encourage more Hoosiers and Americans to come along with efforts like this. In order to get residents out in the community and understand what the challenges and needs are,” said Governor Pence.
Governor Pence says he is focused on improve Indiana and believes the Ten Point program could be used in other areas of the state to help stop crime.