IMPD East District event helps build sense of community

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Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department's East District's 8th Annual Community Day is today until 2 p.m. and police say the event helps them better protect the community and helps the community feel like they're getting better protection.

The East District is one of the larger districts in the Indianapolis metro area.

While they see all kinds of crimes, violent crime and property crime top the list.

But, this day is all about fun with the police.

"Community Day is one of the most awesome things going around Indianapolis," said Candi Perry, IMPD Community Relation's Latino liaison. It's designed to get the police out there to let the community know we care. and that we want to be a part of their daily lives."

The event feature food, like pizza and ice cream.

IMPD Specialty Units, such as the mounted police and bomb squads, will be there to show what they do.

Plus, kids can receive free books and book bags to help prepare them for school.

Many officers won't even have their uniforms on. They want residents to get to know them on a first name basis and away from the badge.

"You get to see us as people, you get to meet them as people and friends and talk," said IMPD Lt. Brian Churchill. "It creates a forum where people can feel like they can tell us what's going on in their neighborhood, relay to us on a personal basis what their problems and concerns are, what they see on a daily basis and what they would like to see from the police department."

The East District Community Day is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today in front of the Rec Center at Brookside Park.

Members of the current IMPD recruiting class will also be on hand to share their experiences learning to be a police officer.

Police hope the event will help the department build better community relations.