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Outreach Programs

Public Information Office
200 E. Washington St., T120
Indianapolis, IN 46204

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department offers a number of outreach and education programs for children that are described below. The department's PAL Club also provides a variety of programs and services to the youth of Indianapolis, and the Explorer Program gives youth an opportunity to explore a career in law enforcement.

Bears on Patrol
The Bears on Patrol program is designed to reduce the trauma suffered by children who are exposed to violence, abuse, or other upsetting incidents. Patrol officers are issued new, plush teddy bears that they carry with them while on patrol. As officers encounter children who are victims of traumatic incidents, they give bears to them. Officers report that the bears have been valuable to them in comforting upset children.

The program is funded by donations from community and civic groups. People interested in contributing to the program may call (317) 327-3424.

Body Safety Program
The Body Safety Program is an important opportunity to protect children. It is a community service provided by the Victim Assistance Unit of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department to educators and school administrators in Marion County. This prevention program empowers children to protect themselves. It enables them to tell a trusted adult if they have been a victim of sexual assault. Presentations are adapted to the age and interest level of participating children and youth.

Our 'Parent Program' also introduces parents to the content of the presentation their child will be attending. It includes pertinent information about child sexual assault.

For more information about the Body Safety Program or if you our your school wishes to schedule a presentation please contact Jessica Medeiros at 327-7843 (Jessica.Medeiros@indy.gov ) or Frances Walker at 327-5028 (Frances.Walker@indy.gov).

Additional information on child safety may be found at the Good Touch/Bad Touch web site.

Gun Safety Program
In the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department's "Gun Safety" program, 2nd and 3rd graders attending Indianapolis Public Schools are educated about the importance of not touching guns and given information about who to tell if they see a gun.

For more information about this program, please call (317) 327-3187.

Healthy Reasons to Say No to Drugs
Under the "Healthy Reasons to Say No to Drugs" program, law enforcement is engaged in a partnership with all Marion County schools to present the message of drug resistance. School children receive counseling and education designed to increase their awareness of the dangers of drug use and to strengthen their ability to say "NO!" The program includes two contests: an essay and drawing contest in the fall for 4th and 5th graders; and a poster contest in the spring for high school students.

For more information about this program, please contact (317) 327-3187.