Beat Policing: What it looks like for your safety on Indianapolis streets

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s new wave of “Beat Policing” is now in full force.

As part of the new push, officers are working to build relationships with the people in their “beats” so when they have an emergency they feel confident and comfortable enough to come to them.

Officer Shane Nicholsen is one of the officers assigned to Beat 51 on the far east side.

Covering one of the most dangerous areas of the city, Nicholsen says he aims to bridge the gap between police and the community.

"There was a murder a couple weeks ago right here at this intersection. Hi there, how are you doing? Do you know anything about that at all? My son heard it and he saw some guy running down the street."

This isn’t the first time IMPD has used Beat Policing. Several years ago they moved to “zones” which covered a larger area.

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