River City leaders head to Indianapolis for insight on how to curb violence

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As Peoria looks to curb violence, leaders are heading east to learn about Indianapolis’ Ten Point Coalition. 

The Ten Points Coalition in Indy is now named a national training site for the faith-based organization. 

Cities that have gone to the training have seen a significant decrease in violence, and Friday, some Peoria leaders are hoping to bring that program home.

The coalition works to curb youth violence, specifically targeting ages 12 to 24. 

President Charles Harrison says the group has seen success in the neighborhoods it patrols.

“We’re gonna be training cities across the country to launch ten point in their cities and we’re going to be teaching them how to do the boots on the ground piece how do you mobilize communities,” says Charles Harrison, board president Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition.  

The key is getting the community behind them and for River City leaders this is a way to help boost community morale. 

“Even in the midst of all the challenges that we have within the City of Peoria, there are people who still care,” says Pastor Martin Johnson. “And people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and get the work done. There are other organizations that are already doing some things within the community and this is just another step to be able to help bring us together.” 

Peoria leaders are making the drive to the Circle City to gather around that same table. 

“The greater message is that we’re telling the community, we care,” says Pastor Johnson. “We don’t have the answers. We point them to Christ who is the answer. But that really becomes the essence of our message. A message of hope.”

“There’s been tremendous results here as a citizen of Cleveland we want to see that the church of Jesus Christ rise up and deal with the violence we have as a city,” says Robert Kilo, of Cleveland, Ohio. 

Just as an example, an Indianapolis neighborhood that took part in the program will soon reach 2 years without a homicide.

Something Peoria leaders hope to see also take place here. 

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