Mayor’s Commission on Latino Affairs, IPD announce new measures to fight crime, unveil public outreach campaign

INDIANAPOLIS—The Mayor’s Commission on Latino Affairs and The Indianapolis Police Department (IPD) announced new measures to fight crime in the Latino community and unveiled a public outreach campaign to educate Latinos of those measures.

Chief Barker announced that IPD has appointed a new Latino detective and a new Latino outreach coordinator. Both officers will be dedicated to working with the Latino community. He also announced a Spanish language campaign that encourages Latinos in Marion County to report crime by calling a designated line for Spanish speakers. The number to call is (317) 327-6682.

“Fighting crime is a long term process, and it requires the involvement of every segment of the community,” said Mayor Peterson. “I am appreciative of the Latino community leaders letting us know where problems exist, and I am pleased with the ongoing work of IPD and the Commission on Latino Affairs to find ways to address those problems.”

The Mayor’s Commission on Latino Affairs and IPD worked together in the planning and development of the Latino outreach initiative. The initiative includes television advertising as well as public relations, grassroots efforts and collateral pieces.

“The initiatives and the campaign are prime examples of our community policing efforts to address the needs of Latinos in Indianapolis,” said IPD Chief Jerry Barker. “We stand firm on our commitment to fight crime and will continue working with the Mayor’s Commission on Latino Affairs.”

The public outreach campaign will begin, and television spots will air for three weeks beginning in March. The television spots will educate viewers about some of the measures against crime that the Mayor’s Commission on Latino Affairs and IPD are implementing.