Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard announced Thursday morning the city can add 115 officers to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department in 2015. He says that is up from 90 due to “smart budgeting.”

January 8, 2015

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Mayor Gregory A. Ballard, Public Safety Director Troy Riggs and IMPD Chief Rick Hite announced today the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) is planning to add 115 recruits to the force in 2015.

IMPD was originally scheduled to add 90 recruits this year. An effective analysis of the Department of Public Safety budget and the public safety income tax revenue, and discussions with the City-County Council finance office, created the flexibility to add 25 more recruits to the 2015 classes.

Coupled with the 80 recruits hired in 2014 and the 70 expected to be hired next year, IMPD will be at its highest staffing level ever by the end of 2016.

“Bringing additional IMPD recruits on board this year is an important part of our mission to keep Indianapolis safe,” said Mayor Ballard. “The men and women of IMPD do great work in our community. They are an integral part of our city’s comprehensive public safety plan, and I look forward to welcoming even more new officers to the force.”

Today’s announcement marks another step in a process of efficiency launched in late 2012 by Riggs upon his arrival.

“I promised Mayor Ballard I would not seek funding for additional officers until we properly allocated our existing resources,” said Riggs. “With the help of IMPD, we did the hard work to better utilize those resources and are now seeing the benefit of that work. The effort put forth in 2014 by Mayor Ballard, the bi-partisan IMPD staffing commission and the City-County Council has positioned us well as we look to the future here in Indianapolis.”

Although the impact of this year’s recruits won’t be fully realized until the completion of their academy and field training, their introduction into the force this year is another positive development for the department and the community.

“For the second consecutive year, IMPD will see new faces come into the department and that is a welcome sight,” said Hite. “These recruits, who will be rigorously chosen and significantly challenged in their training, will strengthen our operational abilities and further our commitment to protect this great city.”

The 115 recruits will be divided between two classes, which are tentatively scheduled to begin in May and October.

Source: The Indianapolis Department of Public Safety

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