FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- The Fort Wayne UNITED TenPoint Coalition has been working to lower crime in our city since 2018 and is now looking to expand.
Leaders say it’s all about being present, connecting with residents and showing they care.
When residents of Fort Wayne’s southeast side see a neon yellow vest. “they see that it’s people who care out there. They see that people are concerned about the community, they’re invested in their own change," Rev. Lewis King said.
They’re known as the Fort Wayne UNITED TenPoint Coalition, volunteers who foot patrol local neighborhoods to reduce crime.
King says they’re looking to expand.
“We know that there are people throughout the city that are saying they want a TenPoint Coalition in their neighborhood,” King said.
The City is examining data to figure out exactly where their next location will be.
“What we’re looking at is how do we expand what Fort Wayne is doing," Rev. Charles Harrison of Indianapolis said.
Harrison comes to Fort Wayne once a month to train and consult with teams on how they can better serve communities.
“They’ve done such a great job, Fort Wayne TenPoint in partnership with law enforcement in the Oxford neighborhood, but there are other areas of the city that could utilize this kind of initiative to help bring down the violence,” Harrison said.
TenPoint has accomplished exactly that in Oxford since 2018.
“A dramatic decline in violent crimes, they’ve gone over two years without a criminal homicide in their patrol areas in the Oxford neighborhood," he said.
King says it's because of the relationships they build with the youth.
“The relationships that the TenPoint Coalition has with the residents, our success is attributed to them coming alongside us and them communicating and we being able to provide resources that definitely make a difference,” he said.
The TenPoint Coalition is looking for passionate, committed, and team-minded individuals who would like to make a positive difference in their community.
If that’s you, contact Lewis A. King at 260-427-2102 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.