Indianapolis to spend $400K on alternative crime prevention

Indianapolis is planning to spend $400,000 on using conflict resolution to prevent crime.

The City-County Council approved the award to not-for-profit organizations that patrol the city's high-crime neighborhoods with a 22-1 vote Monday, according to The Indianapolis Star. The Central Indiana Community Foundation will give the money to groups that work on conflict resolution.

Police investigated a record number of 144 homicides in 2016, prompting calls from city officials and residents to find solutions.

The money will be targeted toward groups such as Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition. The anti-violence group works to de-escalate conflict, often at crime scenes.

Since the coalition began patrolling a north side neighborhood after a crime spike in 2015, the area has gone more than a year without a homicide.

The money will come from the accrued interest of the city's rainy day fund.

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