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Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Sgt. Matthew Steward recently coordinated a leadership meeting with Community Resource District Councils (CRT) and IMPD at the IMPD Training Academy at 10th Street and Post Road.  Some of the accomplishments included creating a forum for the business community, residents and community leaders to discuss specific public safety concerns regarding homelessness and panhandling and continuing to work on educating the council and solving the problem of the small percentage of youth banned from IndyGo buses and Circle City Mall due to behavior. Pastor Horatio Luster, Peacekeepers Indianapolis, shares his views on some of the agenda items. (R) IMPD Chief Brian Roach explains details of current programs. (Photo/Curtis Guynn)

Listening to the community

The Indianapolis City-County Council will resume its ongoing series, Community Conversations, at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at George Washington Community High School, 2215 W. Washington St. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the event concludes at 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Community Conversations allow neighborhood residents to share personal experiences with city leaders, interact with members of law enforcement and provide input on how to improve the relationship between the community and members of law enforcement. Councilors will give updates on any actions taken in response to past Community Conversations. Spanish facilitators will be on hand for assistance. 

Vote Yes for IPS meeting

The “Vote Yes for IPS” political action committee will have two public meetings to provide information for voters regarding the referenda on the ballot in November. Superintendent Lewis Ferebee will give a presentation on the referenda followed by a question and answer session. 

The first meeting will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at Irvington United Methodist Church, 30 N. Audubon Road. The second meeting will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at Indy Reads Books, 911 Massachusetts Ave. 

For more information, visit voteyes4ips.com; on Twitter @VoteYes4IPS, and Facebook facebook.com/VoteYes4IPS/

 Moving to a new location

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana (BBBSCI) will begin renovations on a new, 20,000-square-foot facility in October. BBBSCI recently announced the acquisition of the $1.8 million building located at 1433 N. Meridian St. Renovation is expected to be complete by April 2019.

The move is part of the $7 million RISE campaign, Reach more kids, Inspire new opportunities, Strengthen our community and Emerge boldly. The building will not only serve as a mentoring hub, but it will provide space for mentor training, program activities and more staffing as well as racing slides for Bigs and Littles.

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