Tam points it out: Indy's Finest have been putting on a major dog & pony show of force along the Monon Trail, while somehow entirely failing to mention the single greatest safety improvement: as of Friday just past, if you have a carry permit (from anywhere), you may carry along nearly all city bike trails (parks, too) without violating a city ordinance with your ordnance.
(The sole possible exception is the Central Canal Towpath Trail. The property is owned by the water company; while city owns the utility and thus ownership ultimately traces back to you, the taxpayer, there's sufficient room for lawyers to argue it, which they are.)
Meanwhile, an example of IMPD's approach: biking back from Sunday's BlogMeet, I saw four (4) IMPD cruisers parked just off 61st St. and the Monon. Uh-oh, thought I, a pal of Sumdood has done struck again. Crossing the bridge over Kessler, I met 4 IMPD officers strolling the other way, chatting amiably and bein' Highly Visible.
I smiled and waved; they don't decide where they're going to patrol, after all, and despite a spate of bad apples, most IMPD officers are a-okay. But holy cow, if the Trail is soooooo dangerous in that stretch of Broad Ripple in broad daylight that the po-lice have to take it in fire teams, WTF am I doing on it all alone-o? Conversely, if it ain't, why are My Tax Dollars payin' four guys to do the work of one (and a lone patrolperson would be a lot more approachable) while somewhere else in town, a slum or subdivision goes unpatrolled?
'Cos "face time" and "showin' the badge" is what you do instead of something.
With all due respect to your boss, officers, while you're operating in bridge foursomes, you or one of your peers is all that much less likely to be where I'd want you when fun-loving youths energetically importune me for spare and not-so-spare cash. I'll be countin' on my sidearm for first response to trouble I didn't see soon enough to flee.
They sure do got 'em in purty uniforms, though.
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