- Associated Press - Monday, November 7, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A neighborhood in Indianapolis has celebrated going a year without a homicide in the area.

The Crown Hill neighborhood, about four miles north of downtown, held a public safety walk with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition on Sunday in honor of 365 days without a homicide in the area.

The neighborhood is the third community to go a full year without a homicide after being patrolled by coalition, an anti-violence group in the city that talks to community members in the area. The coalition focuses on youths and ex-offenders by teaching conflict resolution and providing more jobs.

Carleen Carter, the president of the Crown Hill Neighborhood Association, said the biggest crime fighter a neighborhood can have is when residents report incidents they see.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department commander Chris Bailey said one year is a great milestone, but that there is going to be a multiyear effort to make a long-lasting change in the neighborhood.

“We’ll keep improving,” Carter said. “The neighborhood is working together, and it’s so wonderful … It’s going to be a good thing if they keep going forward.”

The Crown Hill neighborhood was once ranked in the top 25 most dangerous neighborhoods in the U.S. in 2013 by a website called Neighborhood Scout.


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