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WBOI Presents: Funding Public Safety


Protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis have brought attention to the spending priorities of municipalities, especially when it comes to police departments. What are the funding sources for Fort Wayne? What are police officers asked to do and why? What happens when funds are reprioritized?


Funding Public Safety is a discussion led by Andy Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics. These conversations were recorded via Zoom.

Panelists include:

Pat Roller, Vice President of Finance & Administration at Arts United

Rusty York, Director of Safety & Security at Sweetwater Sound

Julie Yunker, Continuing Lecturer in Criminal Justice at Purdue University Fort Wayne

Special thanks to Andy Downs, and his guests for making this program possible. Our music is by Mark Waldick, Noah Campodonico, and Kurt Roembke. Our web producer is Loyal Vandenburg. Our WBOI interns are Monica Blankenship and Mikaela Veltum.