This has been another rough, hectic week for law enforcement.
An early morning chase ended Wednesday with an arrest in Pendleton. Elwood police were faced with investigating a death, termed “suspicious” of a 66-year-old woman. A reportedly drunken driver was arrested in Pendleton; he had been involved with a separate incident in 2012 where a policeman was paralyzed.
Many times these activities are deemed routine; they go with the job for any emergency responder.
But then we’re all confronted with harsher reality when one of those responders is killed in the line of duty. Veteran Indianapolis police officer Perry Renn was shot and killed when answering a call. His funeral is set for Friday.
Indianapolis officials are saying the city is “under attack” and that crime is “out of control.” They, like all Hoosiers, want solutions.
More police manpower may not be the answer. Gun control certainly isn’t the sole solution. Mandatory sentencing for firearm-related crimes also won’t get all the gun-toting criminals off the street.
The partial answer is in being vigilant. We all must be aware of what is happening in our neighborhoods. We have to be concerned with the teenager who roams late at night looking for trouble. We have to tell police about the home where there is suspicious activity.
In tandem with that response is the simple fact that Hoosiers — inner-city, suburban and rural residents alike — need to start caring again for their neighbors and their communities.
Many times we read about a local problem through a Facebook account or an anonymous response to a question on social media. It isn’t enough that we complain without making sure that police or local officials are aware of the problem.
Hoosiers have to care more about their communities. And hopefully it won’t take more deaths or sensational crimes for us to show we care.