Police Fraternal Group "Awakens" Following Recent Rash of Violence

By Jeff Neumeyer

April 12, 2013 Updated Apr 12, 2013 at 5:31 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- A fraternal group within the Fort Wayne police department is planning to take a bigger role in fighting the city's gang and violence problems.

The Guardians of Police are affiliated with the National Black Police Officers Association.

There are about 30 active members locally.

The leaders of the group insist it's open to black officers, but also to whites, Hispanics, and officers from other ethnic backgrounds.

With the big increase in violent crime in 2013, the Guardians are looking to re-energize and take a more active role in fixing crime problems.

" Sometimes it goes dormant, but right now, we're a giant that's been woke up, and we're awake and we're alive and well, and we're moving on. We're trying to make a difference here in the city, kind of make a difference in the community," said Detective Timothy Russell, a spokesperson for the group.

The Guardians of Police apparently spearheaded a Gun Amnesty Day, which will be held next weekend.

Citizens can bring in unwanted firearms and ammunition to the Urban League, and they will be disposed of "no questions asked".

Beyond that, the group is planning some community forums on violence, and it wants to enhance relationships with young people and others in the central city, hoping to convince folks to come forward and share information about crimes, to help make the city safer.

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