INDIANAPOLIS — Efforts to fight crime in Indianapolis got a boost from a wireless company.
AT&T’s Believe Indy initiative is investing a total of $275,000 that will go towards a number of organizations throughout Indiana. One of those organizations is the One Congregation One Precinct (OneCOP) program.
It’s aimed at having religious congregations partner with police to help reduce crime and improve the quality of life in neighborhoods across the city.
IMPD Chief Brian Roach said it helps police “return to beat policing” by having congregations “also taking responsibility for small areas, so we’re all working on the issues around the neighborhood and not just enforcing laws.”
Resurrection Community Church on the city’s east side is one of 200 religious congregations that have signed on.
“It’s really important because now people will be able to build relationships for themselves,” said Pastor Orlando Jordan. “They’ll be able to get to know their beat officer, to know who’s in the area to help in the case of a crisis or just say ‘hi.'”
Part of the $275,000 from AT&T will help fund the program and it’s new executive director.
AT&T’s Believe Indy initiative also includes getting its employees more engaged in the community through volunteerism, providing police with technology advancements and helping with education and job skills in at-risk neighborhoods.