INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Even amidst tragedy, officers head back on the streets, to work daily to keep the city safe.
A ‘roving roll call’ was planned several weeks ago on Indy’s east side near Willard Park.
That’s where officers begin their shift outside, in the neighborhood, instead of at their headquarters. It’s a way for neighbors to get to know police, and for police to hear from neighbors.
Council member Zach Adamson said he’d planned this roll call weeks ago, but after this weekend, it held a much deeper meaning.
Officer Perry Renn was shot and killed a few miles away from the roll call. He worked for east district, before the merger, always as a patrol officer.
“The patrol officers, the ones that go out and take these 911 calls, and respond to people with guns, are the backbone of the police department. Every other job, mine, the chief’s, everybody else’s job is in support of them. I couldn’t be more proud to work with a gentleman like Perry,” said IMPD Lt. Chris Bailey.
Captain Craig Fishburn, with IMPD’s east district, spoke with 24-Hour News 8 before the roll call started.
“It’s a difficult time for IMPD, but our officers are professionals, they took an oath when they came on the police department, to protect the community, and despite the tragedy of Officer Renn’s murder on Saturday night, these officers who are out here, come to work every night knowing the challenges, knowing the violence they could face at any given moment,” said Captain Craig Fishburn with IMPD’s east district. “It’s a difficult time for not just his friends and family, but for the community as a whole, our police family is grieving, but we will persevere.”
We watched residents present officers with flowers, thanking them for what they do, day in and day out – putting their lives on the line.
“Bless their hearts, they really are special people, and I don’t know where we’d be without them,” said Twyla Cecil, who came from her near downtown neighborhood, all to say thanks.
“With everything that happened this week, we wanted to show our support for the police department, because they are so important to our community, and we so appreciate them,” said her husband Steve.
“My heart goes out to all of them, and their families,” added Twyla.
“They’re there for me, and people like me, and I appreciate their steadiness at it. Because, like a first responder, they’re the first ones there,” said another neighbor.