U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited Indianapolis Monday to meet with members of the Ten Point Coalition, a faith-based group that works to reduce violent crime.
Ten Point is known for its street-level engagement, particularly through safety patrols in high-crime areas. Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, who also attended the meeting, announced earlier this year his office would lead efforts to spread the coalition to communities around the state.
Sessions said in his opening remarks before the meeting Ten Point’s approach could be a model for much-needed work across the country.
“Proactive, community-based policing is what is required,” Sessions says. “Proactive, before the crime occurs. Community-based policing, where we focus on the individuals that many of you know to be the most dangerous.”
Sessions says the federal government can’t end violent crime alone, and says relationships must be built between the federal government and local law enforcement.
Although Ten Point received vocal support from the U.S. Attorney General, leaders from the group say financial support was not discussed.
During his remarks Sessions announced the creation of a Violent Crime Reduction Coordinating Committee, meant to help coordinate anti-crime efforts in the Department of Justice.