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February 1, 2013

IMPD announces plans to curb youth violence

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Chief Rick Hite today outlined an updated approach to recent issues involving unsupervised youth in Downtown Indianapolis.

“The disruptive and criminal behavior displayed by a small element of our city’s youth is unacceptable,” Hite said in a press release. “I am confident our updated plan, along with additional community and government partnerships, will remedy recent events and ensure everyone enjoys their experience while in downtown Indianapolis. The IMPD promises zero tolerance of disruptive behavior and violence.”

Beginning this weekend:

- Marion County Juvenile Probation Officers will begin conducting random probation sweeps.  

- To address the problem of underage and unsupervised youth being dropped off at Circle Centre Mall, all unsupervised youth leaving the mall who are not immediately picked up will be given the option of either boarding an IndyGo bus to return home immediately or they will be directed to a monitored, designated location to await their transportation home.

- IMPD will augment off-duty officers hired by IndyGo to patrol bus stops with additional on-duty officers.

- IMPD will redeploy resources from the Mounted Patrol Unit, Park Rangers, Community Affairs, Gang Unit, and Event Response Group (ERG) to downtown locations on an as-needed basis.

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