Indianapolis Star
October 4, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS — A store clerk’s curiosity about why Najibullah Zazi was buying large quantities of beauty supply products is an example of the kind of vigilance that can combat terrorism, a police commander said Saturday.

Los Angeles Police Cmdr. Joan McNamara cited this summer’s incident as police chiefs meeting in Denver adopted a model for a nationwide community watch program that teaches people what behavior is truly suspicious and encourages them to report it to police.

Michael Spears, chief of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, attended the meeting and discussed implementing the program in Indianapolis, where it would be called “Indy Watch,” said department spokesman Lt. Jeffrey Duhamell. It’s not clear when the program will begin because much of the planning is in the beginning stages, Duhamell added.

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