Troubled nightclub teams up with IMPD for 'Clothe a Child'

Annual program helps hundreds of children

INDIANAPOLIS - A nightclub with a long history of being at odds with the law now wants to stand with police.

The far-northwest side night spot has joined forces with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department to raise funds for the annual Clothe a Child program.

Suite 38 is the latest nightclub to take up residence in the 5100 block of West 38th Street.

The newest owners took over in May, but it appears the location was beset with the same old problems.

Over the past five years, the location has generated more than 200 police reports. In October, police say a man was shot in the parking lot and a police officer was injured during a disturbance,

"As far as their location, it's fairly close to our neighborhood. So, with all the police runs they have, all the shootings, I don't feel like it's a very safe area to live anymore really," said Natalie Hulett with the Eagledale Neighborhood Association.

Shortly after Suite 38 opened its doors, metro police and community leaders sat down with management after complaints about crime and scantily clad women reached officers with IMPD.

Police issued an ultimatum to clean up the act or the department would forbid officers to work off-duty security in the parking lot.

"The conversation came down to you need to be a part of the community. We don't need for you to take from the community. You need to be a part of it. Shortly after that, I understand the owner decided that he wanted to make a donation to the Clothe a Child," IMPD Cmdr. Brian Mahone said.

The Clothe a Child program is one of the department's signature charitable events of the year, a pre-holiday outreach that helps hundreds of children and their families each year. 

And while stopping short of calling Suite 38's contribution a partnership, IMPD and the community call it a step in the right direction.

"I think that's great if they could continue on a positive path. That's awesome," Hulett said.

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