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Indianapolis faith leaders bring their successful crime fighting model to Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A crime fighting model that seems to be working in a major city to our north might be the solution here in Louisville.

It's personal for a Kentuckiana native who drove two hours Thursday with one mission -- to save lives.

Louisville faith leaders are got a lesson from members of what is called the Ten Point Coalition in Indianapolis. 

"If we can make a difference, and we can save one life, it's worth the drive," said Vincent James, the pastor of Elim Baptist Church in Louisville, where Thursday's event was held.

The group knows what its talking about. In the three high-crime neighborhoods it patrols on the west side of Indianapolis, Ten Point leaders say 11 months have passed without a single homicide involving a teen or young adult, ages 14 to 24 years old. 

The group works in several ways. They recruit ex-convicts or former gang member to work with the organization to serve as peace mediators at homicide scenes. 

And they've found success working with businesses connecting people from the streets with jobs. 

For Indianapolis pastor, Rev. Charles Harrison, he's lost a lot on Louisville's streets. 

"It is personal for me," Rev. Hamilton said. "My brother was killed in Louisville, Kentucky, and I'm from Jeffersonville, Indiana."

And that's why he's here.

"We can't promise them they're going to go 300 days without a homicide, but what we can promise them is that if they will use these strategies, it will reduce the violence."

Louisville faith leaders are planning a trip to Indianapolis to see the Ten Point Coalition in action.  

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