Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill today announced a plan to replicate statewide a crime-reduction model developed by the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition (10-Point).

Led by Rev. Charles Harrison,  Hill says 10-Point has made a dramatic impact toward reducing homicides and other violent crimes in several Indianapolis neighborhoods.

“My office is investing in a proven model,” Hill said. “The return on that investment will be safer communities. ITPC has been a vital resource in Indianapolis neighborhoods where homicides and other crimes have been ‘just another day in the life.’ We are offering financial resources to other community groups statewide that will commit to using ITPC’s methods in neighborhoods in serious need of intervention.”

Hill praised ITPC’s “boots-on-the-ground” approach at a press conference Wednesday morning citing three Indianapolis neighborhoods known previously as hotbeds of violent crime have gone more than a year without homicides following the coalition’s involvement.

The Attorney General’s office is making about $500,000 available from its consumer protection fund to help organizations in other cities implement their own anti-crime plans.  However, Hill says the money is for start up purposes and those communities will eventually have to find their own funding source.

“I look forward to seeing the same successful results ITPC has produced in Indianapolis occur in other areas of the state,” Hill said.