IMPD to Host Community Listening Sessions As Part of Body Worn Camera Study

Beginning next week, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) will host a series of community listening sessions aimed at gathering feedback on a draft policy for body worn cameras. The listening sessions were first announced by Mayor Joe Hogsett and Chief Bryan Roach on February 4, when they laid out the community-and stakeholder-driven feasibility study that will seek input from both residents and rank-and-file officers in addition to a technology pilot period.

The feasibility study of body worn cameras will include an extensive community engagement process that kicks off with the community listening sessions and also includes a secure, web-based survey sponsored, created, and maintained by the IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). Residents can access the survey here, which will be used to garner the community’s opinions on body-worn cameras, the technology used during the study period, and other related factors. At a later date a second round of community listening sessions will be announced to allow IUPUI SPEA to share survey results directly with community members.

280px-Indianapolis_Metropolitan_Police_Department_(logo)

The study will also include a pilot of body worn camera technology. Several vendor technologies will be tested by the officers who serve in the busies shift on the largest districts – all beat officers and supervisors on North, East, and Southeast District middle shift. This is a second, larger pilot of body worn camera technology in Indianapolis, but the first time the community will take part in the assessment.

Residents can access the survey here: Survey

A community listening session will be held in each IMPD district during the first half of March. The schedule can be found below:

Southeast District March 4 at 6:00 pm Southeast Community Services 901 Shelby

Downtown District March 5 at 5:30 pm City Way YMCA 430 S. Alabama

Northwest District March 7 at 6:00 pm International Market Coalition 3685 Commercial

Southwest District March 11 at 6:00 pm Friendship Missionary Baptist Church 1301 Goodlet

North District March 12 at 7:00 pm Zion Hope Baptist Church 5950 E 46th

East District March 14 at 6:00 pm Eastern Star Baptist Church, J229 – 2nd Floor of Jewel Conference Center, use north entrance 5750 E 30th

Original Article

Advertisements

National Invasive Species Awareness Week Feb 25 to Mar 1

You may be thinking February is not the time of year to manage invasive species, especially work involving plants; however, it is a great time of year to review past efforts, and plan invasive species work for the growing season.  Many landowners in Indiana are doing just that. In addition to planning for upcoming work, we are excited to announce that Indiana is rolling out the Indiana Invasives Initiative (III) and participating in Weed Wrangle Indiana®.

Visit Indiana Native Plant Society for more information.

51562074_10219264589424987_1145146278066257920_n

For all your Indiana Insurance needs, visit Scott Lynch Agency

THEY MAKE SALESPEOPLE UNSTOPPABLE – PIPEDRIVE

I use Pipedrive to manage my sales process and save loads of time on admin tasks. With my invite, you can try it free for a whole month Free 1 Month Trial Offer

Minimizing manual and repetitive tasks means more time to focus on what really matters: selling.

Lead_Generation

Their Apps Spotlight introduces the most exciting and helpful apps and integrations you can use to customize your Pipedrive sales process.

The apps and integrations in the Pipedrive Marketplace are set up like a virtual tech supermarket. Each app is neatly arranged into a relevant category shelf, so all you need to do is find the aisle you want and add your favourite app to your cart.

Lead generation apps and integrations are definitely some of the most popular amongst our customers. We’ve pulled together a list of the most helpful prospecting and qualification tools you can use to automate time-consuming elements of your sales process and sync data directly into your Pipedrive hub.

Remember, you can find step-by-step installation guides for all of the featured apps on the Pipedrive Marketplace.

Visit their blog: Pipedrive Blog

Veterans Chamber of Commerce

I am a Veteran and a Small Business Owner. I am constantly searching for ideas and better ways of growing my business.

Today I was searching one of my favorite blogs Veneran Owned Business and ran across the Veterans Chamber of Commerce. This site is packed with programs and assistance for Veterans and Active Duty Military in helping them start their own business.

Here is an over view about them in their own words:

Everything we do is in support of veterans and their families.

Our Mission is clear: We Empower Individuals and Organizations who have ideas or programs that impact the lives of veterans and their families.
Our Message is Simple!:  We believe in establishing strong bonds of collaboration with like-minded individuals and organizations who have a passion for helping veterans.
What We Believe:
We believe in working together as “One-Unit” – We believe in Promoting and Supporting all veterans. 

​What we do:
We help Veterans advance into their next stage in life in three areas:

  1. Entrepreneurship – provide support with training on how to start a business
  2. Business Growth – Provide strategies and business advice
  3. Organizations – Help organizations that serve veterans, expand their reach to the veteran community

On the Service side of the Chamber;
We Empower 
individuals and organizations who have ideas for programs that impact the lives of veterans and their families, in three areas:

  1. Employment 
  2. Education
  3. Family & Wellness”

I signed up today, it was free. I look foward to exploring their programs and will report back what I find in the future.

If you are running a business and/or starting a business in Indiana, give me a call and I can discuss with you options on insuring your business. Call me at (317) 886-0081 or visit me on line at Scott Lynch Agency.

 

How secure is Nest Secure?

 Avast Security News Team, 20 February 2019 Original Article

Nest Secure users got a surprise when Google revealed a secret microphone on the device.
6080401_sd

Earlier this month, Google pushed an update for Nest Secure that enabled it to function as a Google Assistant smart speaker. The announcement surprised users not just because of the new feature, but because the news came with the revelation that a microphone has existed on the hardware all along.

Until then, Nest Secure never had a feature that allowed voice commands, so users who placed the security system in their home had no cause to think a microphone was on the hardware. Moreover, the microphone is not listed in any of the product descriptions or instructions. But this month users learned that their Nest Guard device — the keypad component of the Nest Secure system — has a microphone that this newest update would enable.

In a climate of rampant information collection, a secret microphone naturally makes a person suspicious. A representative for Google comments, “The on-device microphone was never intended to be a secret and should have been listed in the tech specs…That was an error on our part.” The company claims the microphone had been installed for future features, such as this.

Avast expert Luis Corrons believes that Nest Secure owners may be able to rest easy. “It is important to note,” he says, “that the microphone is disabled by default in all Nest devices. To enable it, the users have to do it themselves via the Nest app. This means that at no moment was it possible for the device to be listening.”

Avast is a global leader in cybersecurity, protecting hundreds of millions of users around the world. Protect all of your devices with award-winning free antivirus. Safeguard your privacy and encrypt your online connection with SecureLine VPN.

Learn more about products that protect your digital life at avast.com. And get all the latest news on today’s cyberthreats and how to beat them at blog.avast.com.

Download Free Antivirus Protection from Avast

Security is a great deterrent, but if something bad does happen make sure your home policy is correctly set up to help you and your family in your time of need. Call Scott Lynch at (317) 886 – 0081 for your free review. Stop by our website: Scott Lynch Agency

The Best Steakhouse in Every State

Original Article by Lindsay D. Mattison in Taste of Home

Facebook St Elmo Steak House
picture from Facebook/St. Elmo Steak House

Ms. Mattison writes great articles. In this article, she listed St. Elmo Steak House for Indiana. She states, “Unlike most of the steakhouses on the list, St. Elmo Steak House isn’t into making dry-aged beef. They’ve been serving up wet-aged steaks since 1902. If you’ve come with an appetite, try polishing off the 28-ounce porterhouse, which is so large it hangs off the plate.”

No nod to their shrimp cocktail?! I am very happy that you can now buy their Shrimp Cocktail and their Horseradish sauce in Krogers and other fine grocery stores now.

But that is not what got me to thinking. Indiana is a big state, what other great Steakhouses are out there in Indiana?

Comment with your favorite!

 

Introducing the Claims-Free Cash Back™ Reward

Annotation 2019-02-21 122900

To learn more, contact your local Safeco® agent, Scott Lynch at (317) 886-0081 or visit his website: Scott Lynch Agency

Ready to get a quote right now? You can run your own quote and tailor your coverage right here:

#auto #car #teendriver #insurance #saving #discount #claimsfree #reward #scottlynchagency #Indiana

Annotation 2019-02-21 121837
1Safeco will review policies twice a year. Customers must have zero claims reported on their Safeco Auto policy in the prior six months
in order to receive reward. 2Cash back amount is calculated based on current policy term written premium at the time of the reward.
3Available to 12-month Superior and Ultra auto policies in TN and MN. Terms and conditions apply. Insurance is offered by Safeco Insurance
Company of America and/or its affiliates, with a principal place of business at 175 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116. The materials herein
are for informational purposes only. Nothing herein creates a contract. All statements made are subject to the provisions, exclusions,
conditions, and limitations of the applicable insurance policy. If the information in these materials conflicts with the policy language that
it describes, the policy language prevails. Eligibility is subject to meeting applicable underwriting criteria. To the extent permitted by law,
applicants are individually underwritten; not all applicants may qualify. Not available in all states.
©2018 Liberty Mutual Insurance
AP-5845/E 08/18

2019 Chicago Auto Show Highlights

Perry Stern & Mike Meredith = Original Article Here
Buying a new car?
Call the Scott Lynch Agency at (317) 886-0081 for great savings on auto insurance rates or visit us on line at Scott Lynch Agency

If you’ve got it, we protect it.

If you've got it, we protect it
Scott Lynch Agency www.lynchagency.com

Scott Lynch Agency

 

13 Engagement Party Ideas We Love

Engagement Party Ideas - a couple pouring champagne with the text "13 Ideas for Your Engagement Party" overlayed in pink

PHOTO BY JOSE VILLA

A little goes a long way here

Let’s talk about engagement party ideas. Though before we even get started, I can see y’all out there cringing at the idea of more-guest-lists-more-parties-omg. I want to take a moment to hold your hand and say if you are throwing an engagement party, here are your priorities.

PRIORITY NUMBER ONE: Just make it fun. That means not being forced into planning a party fit for the Duchess of Windsor on a Jenny From The Block budget. Not being pressured to do All The Things. Not letting your stress levels overtake your excitement levels.

PRIORITY TWO: Sparkling wine!

PRIORITY THREE: Figure out what the heck you want to do. Because really and truly, often picking a theme for an engagement party makes it way easier to plan. Even if that theme is just “pizza and beer and celebrate the newly engaged couple,” you’ll know what your vibe is and what you’re doing, and the rest of

your decisions can flow from there. But hey. We’re going to do you one (or thirteen) better on engagement party ideas, to make the planning process easy.

Keep in mind: an engagement party can be as big or as small as you’d like. It can be thrown by the couple or for the couple. And, free pass, it doesn’t even need to happen at all. But if you (or the people who love you) want to throw an engagement bash, here are my favorite engagement party ideas right now to inspire the fun.

13 ENGAGEMENT PARTY IDEAS

  1. Punch Party
  2. Vintage Cocktail Party
  3. Picnic and Bike Ride
  4. Glamour Vibes
  5. Hygge It Up
  6. Beach Cookout
  7. Personalize This Thing
  8. Earth Children
  9. Statement Balloons
  10. Champagne Tower
  11. Food as Entertainment
  12. Popcorn Bar and A Movie
  13. Dessert as Decor
DSC_3119 (1)
Photo by Ivan Solis

PUNCH PARTY

Is punch a theme? It should be. Make a fabulous punch or two, definitely with a decorative ice ring (aka people-pleaser extraordinaire). Or try including ultra-extra details, like garnishing with edible flowers that say, “Someone’s getting married and we’re not messing around about it.”

l
Photo by Crate and Barrel

VINTAGE COCKTAIL PARTY

We’re talking old-fashioned cocktails here. Break out some gorgeous old-fashioned coupe glasses. Put together some old-fashioned appetizers, like cheese fondue or caviar-topped canapés or bourbon nuts. Don’t forget the elegant, ostentatious cocktail garnishes. Wear a velvet pencil skirt. Pearls. You get it.

Photo by Belen Aquino with Gerber + Scarpelli

BIKE RIDE AND PICNIC

Pack twee picnic baskets and meet at a bike rental shop, or just arrive at the picnic spot early to set out your red gingham blankets, baguettes, and strategically placed wildflower bundles. This is an easy one to keep the menu simple with bubbly wine, cheese, crackers, and some fresh fruit.

Photo by 11 Howard

GLAMOUR VIBES

Break out the rose gold sequin dress from New Year’s Eve, and book the top-floor bar in the city center (the one with the really low mood lighting). You can even request guests wear black and white attire. There’s something about engagement parties that leans toward elegant as opposed to the garden party vibe of many bridal showers, and I say: Go for it.

Photo by Vinazine

HYGGE IT UP

Especially in the winter, we all want to get nice and cozy at our social gatherings. Capitalize on those warm feelings with an everything-hygge-themed event. Think: a coffee or hot cocoa bar (spiked!); bonfires outside plus the fluffiest blankets, of course; s’mores; a roaring fire; and hot toddies over good conversation.

bs-cracklin-barbecue-spread-chicken
Photo by Peden + Munk

BEACH COOKOUT

You don’t want to attempt an engagement bash that rivals the wedding itself, so keep it casual. I love the engagement party idea of a chill beach cookout. Bring a few staples yourself, but ask guests to add in whatever they want to throw on the grill. For more fun, toss some volleyballs around, get your sangria on, and stay late enough to watch the sunset.

DIY-Graduation-Balloon-Superlatives1-600x900
Photo by Mary Costa Photography

PERSONALIZE THIS THING

Did the couple have their first date at a zoo? Do they really love science fiction? Are they constantly traveling to France? Add in some thematic elements that will make people go, “That is so Chris and Malery.” Or, include little details about them in the decor, like photos of them as kids suspended on the strings of helium-filled balloons, or notes about why they’re a great team scattered on tables.

2446802_howsl-_05w_0
Photo by Robbie Caponetto

EARTH CHILDREN

If your couple has more than a couple green thumbs, this could be the perfect engagement party idea. Some versions of this idea include succulent decor, seeds as favors, hanging air plants, or even cookies shaped like ferns. Consider hosting this party in a botanical garden, or even just a particularly lush stretch of public park.

il_1140xN.1227218553_baun-1
Photo by Sweetteapaper

STATEMENT BALLOONS

Say it right with these bubbly, ultra-fun balloons. You can find cursive, metallic ones that say “love,” or purchase individual letters to spell out the couple’s name or a longer phrase (maybe try “CONGRATS LOVEBIRDS”). Set them over the dessert/food/booze tables, or line the phrase up as a trail from the front door, so that when the couple enters, they’ll be greeted with helium cheer ASAP.

Photo by Jose Villa

CHAMPAGNE TOWER

Champagne towers seem to be disappearing from wedding-related events, and, if you ask me, we need to bring them back, fast. They’re opulent things, though, so save this engagement party idea for your One Big Thing at the party, and bust it out just in time for the toast for fun. It’s a memorable way to congratulate the couple.

Photo by Pottery Barn Kids Instagram

FOOD AS ENTERTAINMENT

DIY food stations are fun, but who doesn’t like to be a little spoiled? For this engagement party idea, bring in a pro, like a sushi chef, a stellar taco truck, or even a custom cotton candy maker for an indulgent treat that doubles as something fun to do at the party. (In Honolulu, you can hire an amezaiku, or Japanese candy art expert, and they’ll whip up lollipops on the spot, shaped as animals, people, and more!)

Photo by A Joyful Riot

POPCORN BAR AND A MOVIE

But okay, DIY stations are also super fun. Popcorn is so easy, and so casual, and has a million ways it can be customized. (Sweet! Salty! Nutty! Spicy!) Then, use a projector play a flick on a sheet in the backyard, a la an old-school drive-in. Make sure you pick a movie that’s short and sweet, or keep the volume turned low enough to facilitate mingling and mixing throughout the party.

Photo by New Hampshire Magazine

TUBING

If you’ve never been tubing before, this is when you and all your friends each get an inner tube, tie them to each other, and either float lazily down a river or hang out in the ocean. It’s the best thing ever. It’s the engagement party idea to win all engagement party ideas. And it should be the theme of all your next parties.

il_1140xN.1041925562_n83m

DESSERTS AS DECOR

Again, there’s no need to go All Out In Every Way. Instead, go for one or two sweet touches. For example, opt for shaped, custom cookies, in an image that resonates with the couple (maybe they love hedgehogs, are serious dog people, come from California, or love bikes) or the generic-but-always-cute chunky, stylized engagement ring. Or how cute are these donut engagement rings? Yum!