$155K grant aims to reduce violence on Indy’s northwest side


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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 9, 2015) – Violence is an ongoing concern for residents living on the northwest side of Indianapolis but help is on the way. The Department of Justice awarded a $155,000 grant to the Department of Public safety with the goal of developing a plan to address violence.

The efforts will be community driven and utilize data to come up with practical solutions. Recent violence in the area has created a sense of urgency as they work to develop this plan.

“We always talk about bringing agencies together in collaboration but unless you have an opportunity for them to come in collaboration around it’s really hard to move to action on it,” said Lena Hackett, President of Community Solutions.

A dedicated researcher and steering committee will help lead the process. Residents will be encouraged to join the conversation too.

“The nice thing is we have experts at that at the table, we have people who live in the neighborhood at the table and we have folks who know what works and so all of that will come together for a plan,” said Hackett.

Once the plan is complete organizers want to apply for a $1 million grant through the Department of Justice to carry it out. They also want to come up with solutions that won’t cost another dime.

“The northwest area has been on our radar for some time, obviously that area encompasses one of our DPS focus areas so we’ve known about the issues, the social issues, the crime issues and it’s nice to have grant money available to help the quality of life in this neighborhood,” said Lt. Richard Riddle with IMPD.

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