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Indianapolis’ Department of Public Safety is trying to be more engaging of meeting community needs.  One need they realize could reduce crime and trouble is encouraging more summer and part time employment opportunities for Indianapolis’ teens and young adults.  Indy Parks has scores of positions open and available now for part time and season work; including lifeguards.  In a special Afternoons with Amos, top officials of the Department of Public Safety, Indy Parks and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department appeared to talk about employment opportunities this summer and beyond.

John Williams

Indy Parks Dir John Williams

Valerie Washington

Dept Dir Public Safety Valerie Washington

IMPD Chief Rick Hite

IMPD Chief Rick Hite

In his first appearance on Afternoons with Amos, Indy Parks Director John Williams talked about their seasonal positions which not only includes lifeguards, but also camp counselors, parks workers and other positions. In response to a listener question, Williams, only the third African-American to head Indy Parks, said that being an ex-felon doesn’t automatically disqualify someone from potential employment at Indy Parks.  “It’s on a case by case basis”, said Williams.  Though persons convicted of child offense wouldn’t be hired.  Deputy Public Safety Director Valerie Washington talked about Public Safety’s efforts to encourage more businesses and enterprises to have summer and part time job opportunities for teens and young adults.  IMPD Chief Rick Hite talked not just about that importance, but also took questions from listeners about current public safety issues, including continued disquiet about a recent fatal police action shooting. IMPD Commander Chris Bailey, a former Indy Parks lifeguard also talked about the importance a summer or part time job can have on a young person. Bailey said his time as a lifeguard helped turn his life around. The community can find out about jobs with Indy Parks at indy.gov/ParksJobs or jobs with the City of Indianapolis at indy.gov/jobsHear this Discussion of Summer and Part Time Job Opportunities And Community Questions About Parks, Police and Public Safety in a Special Afternoons with Amos. Runs 93 Minutes. ©2015 WTLC/Radio One.