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Forum on Stopping Violence Emphasizes Police-Community Links

9/19/2013


L to R: U.S. Attorney David Capp, State Police Superintendent Doug Carter, IUPUI McKinney School of Law Dean Andrew Klein, Indianapolis Public Safety Director Troy Riggs, Indianapolis Urban League education director Mark A. Russell, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson in the Indiana War Memorial's Pershing Auditorium. (WIBC.com photo: Eric Berman)

City, state and federal leaders at an IUPUI forum agree the path to stopping violent crime begins with building connections between law enforcement and the community.

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Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson told an audience at the Indiana War Memorial in Indianapolis police need to be trained in how to defuse a domestic dispute and how to talk down someone who's mentally ill.

Indianapolis Urban League education director Mark A. Russell says police need to work with community and youth organizations to reduce suspicion among residents who only see officers at crime scenes. Indianapolis public safety director Troy Riggs says the ability to communicate with the public has been and will remain a top consideration for officers.

And State Police Superintendent Doug Carter says the way to prevent crime is to get involved with youth before they make bad decisions.

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