Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. names Bettye Dobkins new director of safety and security
Former IMPD deputy chief takes on new role
Last Updated: 242 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis Downtown Inc. has named Bettye Dobkins as its new director of safety and security.
Dobkins will be responsible for developing IDI’s safety programs including the Downtown Security Partnership, Bike Patrol, Safety Notice Network and Street Order Task Force.
The director of safety and security is a new, full-time position for IDI.
“IDI will be able to collaborate with partners even more to ensure that Indianapolis continues to have one of the safest Downtowns in the country,” said IDI President Sherry Seiwert. “Bettye’s expertise combined with her strong working relationships with local law enforcement made her a solid choice for this new position.”
According to a recent IDI survey, 71 percent of central Indiana residents said they considered downtown Indy to be safe, compared to 69 percent in 2010.
Dobkins was formerly downtown district’s deputy chief for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and most recently served as a deputy with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department assigned to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.
"I like to think of myself as a sentient conduit, where I am a liaison to government agencies, the police department, for the businesses and residences and the high-rises downtown. (I can) help coordinate efforts in problem areas and keep downtown safe,” Dobkins said.
Dobkins is a graduate of Ball State University and lives in Indianapolis.
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