Ten Point Coalition to Expand Across Indiana
An Indianapolis effort to use neighborhood volunteers to reduce violent crime is going statewide.
The Ten Point Coalition patrols neighborhoods and works with teenagers and young adults to steer them away from violence and drugs. Attorney General Curtis Hill is setting aside a half-million dollars as seed money for other cities to start their own versions. He estimates that's enough to start five or six new coalitions in other cities.
Indianapolis pastors borrowed the Ten Point Coalition idea from Boston, putting volunteers who know a community from the inside.Three high-crime neighborhoods the group targeted have now gone a year without a murder.
Hill says the grant program is not an invitation to cities to come up with new proposals. He says he's instead looking to "franchise" a concept that's been proven to work. But he says there will need to be some tweaks from city to city to account for each community's unique characteristics.
Hill says Gary and Fort Wayne have expressed interest already -- he's meeting with South Bend leaders this week.
Attorney General Curtis Hill (right) with Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition founder Rev. Charles Harrison. (Photo: Eric Berman/WIBC)