January 4, 2021

Senators Propose State Oversight Of IMPD



Two Indiana state senators filed a bill that would create a state board to oversee the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

The bill proposes a five member board that would be responsible for rules, ordinances and contracts of IMPD, serve as a merit board and appoint the chief. It would take those powers away from the mayor and the Indianapolis City-County Council.

The board would include the Indianapolis Mayor and four members appointed by the governor. The measure comes after a record year for homicides in Indianapolis, 245 people were killed this year. 

Both Senators, Jack E. Sandlin (R-Indianapolis) and Scott Baldwin (R-Noblesville), have law enforcement backgrounds. In a written statement Sandlin said the move aims to improve public safety.

"Something has to be done to assure that Hoosiers and visitors alike are safe here," Sandlin said. "I believe this will be a step in the right direction."

City-managed oversight of IMPD underwent numerous changes last year, in response to social unrest. Those included an overhaul of the General Orders Board, a new Use of Force board and changes to the Civilian Complaint board.

The first day of the Indiana legislative session is Monday, Jan. 4.

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