INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department will soon have 11 new officers on the streets. These new officers were picked up from other police departments in Indiana, Illinois and South Carolina.
The officers have made arrests, conducted investigations and interviewed witnesses.
“They come with a lot of transferable skills, a lot of police experience, and they are already certified,” said IMPD Major James Cleek.
Once on the streets, the officers will be paired with other IMPD officers until they complete field training. Those officers will have full arresting powers while they are in training. The new officers could be on the streets in a couple of months.
“If more police were out here, I would feel much better,” said Indianapolis resident Chandra Bryant.
The 11 officers will be split between six districts and each district has four or five different shifts. Currently, IMPD has 1,561 officers in the department. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department of Public Safety would like to bump that number up to 1,790.
The officers selected are coming from the following cities and states:
- Charleston, South Carolina
- Springfield, Ill.
- Capitol Police
- Columbus, Ind.
- Westfield, Ind.
- Noblesville, Ind.
- IUPUI Police Department
- Lawrence, Ind.
- Shelbyville, Ind.
- Bloomington, Ind.
IMPD officials said the addition of these officers has had a positive impact on officer morale.
“The 11 has increased our momentum. It creates some energy when we see the recruits come in through the door. It gives little bit of hope for the future,” said Cleek.