Reducing violence in Indianapolis: a public discussion with city and national experts

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The School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI will host an upcoming public safety forum on reducing violence in Indianapolis, featuring an expert panel discussion on challenges facing the community and potential solutions. The event will include an audience question-and-answer session.

The public forum will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 28, in the Faegre Baker Daniels Conference Room on the first floor of Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, 720 Eskenazi Ave., Indianapolis.

Indianapolis' newly named director of community violence reduction, Shonna Majors; IMPD police chief Bryan Roach; Robert Woodson from The Woodson Center in Washington, D.C.; and SPEA associate professor and criminal justice director Jeremy Carter will discuss the challenges Indianapolis faces in addressing violence, as well as effective national practices and potential city partnerships to reduce violence.

On June 6, the city launched its Community-Based Violence Prevention Partnership, a $300,000 investment in neighborhoods that will support evidence-based violence-reduction programming and wraparound services.

SPEA's public safety forum is open to the community. People interested in attending may register and submit questions online.

The School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI is engaged in the community and helps address the issues of modern society by preparing its students to lead the organizations that make and enforce laws, shape public policy, keep our nation safe, protect the planet, reduce disaster impact, and support fellow citizens. SPEA faculty, their research and work in the community focus on topics relating to criminal justice, civic leadership, media and public affairs, urban affairs, public safety management, nonprofit management, environmental sustainability, and public policy.

By Michael L. Jackson, director of Marketing & Communications at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Indianapolis.