President of FOP wants more IMPD officers

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Bill Owensby, president of the Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), talked about his three-day stay in Washington D.C. with 24-Hour News 8.

Owensby’s goal was to talk with Congressional leaders about adding more police to the ranks of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. This is the second trip in the past couple of years that Owensby has made to make the plea for more officers.

“Last year’s things are really bad, this year there is a scream for help,” said Owensby.

According to the Indianapolis Public Safety Department, there are 1,561 officers in the department including the new recruits. The Department of Public Safety would like to have 1,790 officers on staff.

FOP is frustrated that the city has not applied for a federal grant that could add possibly 15 police officers. FOP believes the city didn’t apply for the grant because they would not be able to sustain the $1.5 million investment after a year.

“I don’t understand why there are people in a position of power not recognizing this issue,” said Owensby.

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