INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis is taking extra steps to help make sure the streets of downtown are safe for weeks of basketball tournaments.
The Indianapolis Metro Police Department has a new app, RELAY, that allows users to directly report non-emergency incidents, or anything else out of the ordinary, to police.
“Safety ambassadors can do everything, from providing directions to address safety concerns,” said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett.
Hogsett says the city has also installed more cameras downtown through its B Link program. Even some downtown businesses are helping out by giving IMPD access to their private surveillance cameras.
“Of those 20 or so businesses, that’s an additional 66 camera views that are now available to the officers of IMPD to better monitor the downtown area,” Deputy Chief Josh Barker said.
“These initiatives among many others will be keeping visitors safe and informed in this historic month for our downtown and our city,” Hogsett said.
Starting next week, when teams arrive for the NCAA Tournament, police will place restrictions on streets in front of hotels and venues hosting games, to help keep players and staff separated from the general public.