Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. names new director of safety and security

Ball State University

Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. (IDI) named a new director of safety and security Thursday.

Bettye Dobkins was formally the downtown dictrict’s deputy chief for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and most recently served as a deputy with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.

The Ball State University graduate worked closely with IDI, focusing on downtown crime prevention and safety programs when she was assigned to IMPD.

“IDI will be able to collaborate with partners even more to ensure that Indianapolis continues to have one of the safest Downtowns in the country,” said Sherry Seiwert, IDI president. “Bettye’s expertise combined with her strong working relationships with local law enforcement made her a solid choice for this new position.”

Dobkins will be responsible for leading IDI’s efforts to develop and implement programs to make the downtown area safer.  Some recent programs include the Downtown Security Partnership, Bike Patrol, Safety Notice Network and Street Order Task Force.

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