INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines was a special guest Thursday, helping the North District of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police and the Indianapolis Housing Agency host a community block party on the northeast side of the city. They call it “Grill & Chill”.
“When we start our summer initiatives and talk about reducing violence, part of it really is just engaging citizens and the community and having conversations,” said IMPD Northern District Commander Michael Wolley.
They hope that this type of conversation will make a difference in one of the city’s violence hot spots.
“We like to call them zones of opportunity, or places where we can really make the most impact. It’s really nice to just relax and have fun with people. Not police. Citizens do not. Just people, ”said Wolley.
John Hall, Executive Director of IHA, said it was also an opportunity to fill the void: “Tenants have an opportunity to gain their own law enforcement experience – we want this to promote harmony.”
Hines stopped by to hang out as a special guest for the event. Hines spent a lot of time with the kids, playing basketball and throwing soccer. When the event was over, his T-shirt was soaked in sweat. He says the experience brought back memories from home.
“[It] felt like my family reunion in North Carolina, ”said Hines. “They had great food, lots of great people and [we] had a lot of great times. ”
Hill says the housing authority will be working and investing resources throughout the summer to build a solid relationship between the community and the police.
“I’m over the moon and I think we have to do it more,” he said. “Even when the cameras are gone and the grill is switched off. We want to see children play all summer. I would like to see more days like this. “
Hill hopes events like this will add more deterrent to crime in the neighborhood.