Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

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Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
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Agency overview
FormedJanuary 1, 2007; 12 years ago (2007-01-01)
Preceding agencies
Annual budget$222 million[1]
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionIndianapolis, Indiana, United States
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Map of Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department's jurisdiction.
Size368.1 sq mi (953.5 km2)
Population852,866 (2013)
Legal jurisdictionState of Indiana
Governing bodyIndianapolis City-County Council
Constituting instrument
  • General Ordinance 110 [2]
General nature
HeadquartersCity-County Building
50 North Alabama Street Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Sworn Officers1,511[3]
Non-Sworn Employees278[1]
Elected officer responsible
Agency executive
Parent agencyIndianapolis Department of Public Safety
IMPD's official site

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) is the law enforcement agency for the city of Indianapolis, Indiana, in the United States. Its operational jurisdiction covers all of the consolidated city of Indianapolis and Marion County except for the Airport Authority and the four excluded cities of Beech Grove, Lawrence, Southport and Speedway (see Unigov). The department was created on January 1, 2007, by consolidating the Indianapolis Police Department and the law enforcement division of the Marion County Sheriff's Office.[4]


At the time of its formation, the IMPD was headed by the elected sheriff of Marion County, Frank J. Anderson. However, on February 29, 2008, the department came under the control of the mayor of Indianapolis, Greg Ballard. after Mayor Ballard and Sheriff Anderson reached a resolution for the transfer of power and the City-County Council passed Proposal 6 effecting the change. The IMPD is part of the Department of Public Safety. The mayor appoints the Director of Public Safety, who in turn appoints the Chief of Police to administer the daily operations of the department.

IMPD has six service districts.

Downtown District[edit]

The Downtown District is under the command of Commander Phillip Burton and has about 75 sworn officers and 10 non-sworn employees. Due to the nature of the area and the number of large events held here, this district relies heavily on foot, bicycle, and mounted patrol officers. The headquarters for the district is at 39 W. Jackson Street in the historic Union Station. It is bounded by 10th Street and I-65 to the north, I-70/I-65 to the east, Morris Street to the south, and the White River to the west.

North District[edit]

The North District is under the command of Commander Michael Wolley and has 215 sworn officers and 10 non-sworn employees. It is responsible for a 79-square-mile (200 km2) area bounded by 96th Street to the north; the city of Lawrence to the east; Massachusetts Avenue, 30th Street, and Fall Creek to the south; and Michigan Road to the west. Its headquarters is at 3120 E. 30th Street.

East District[edit]

The East District is under the command of Commander Craig McCartt. This nearly 39-square-mile (100 km2) area is served by 180 sworn officers and 10 non-sworn employees. It is bounded by the city of Lawrence to the north; Carrol Road to the east; Washington Street and Brookville Road to the south; and I-65 and Meridian Street to the west. The district maintains their headquarters at 201 N. Shadeland Avenue, also known as the Regional Operations Center or ROC.

Southeast District[edit]

The Southeast District is under the command of Commander Ronald Hicks. Under him are 170 sworn officers and 5 non-sworn employees patrolling a 85-square-mile (220 km2) area bounded by Washington Street to the north; Carroll Road to the east; County Line Road to the South; and Meridian Street to the west. Headquarters for this district is located in Fountain Square at 1150 Shelby Street.

Southwest District[edit]

Command for the Southwest District falls to Commander Susan Hill. ,[5] who leads a district of 190 sworn officers and 10 non-sworn employees. They take responsibility for an area encompassing 80 square miles (210 km2). The district's northern boundary consists of 10th Street until the town of Speedway, around Speedway until 16th Street, and following 16th to the White River; the eastern boundary is White River to Morris Street, then east until Meridian Street, and then south to County Line Road; the southern boundary is County Line Road; and the western boundary is Raceway Road. The district's headquarters is at 551 N. King Avenue.

Northwest District[edit]

Commander Lorenzo Lewis [6] is in command of the Northwest District of 200 sworn officers and 10 non-sworn employees. The boundaries for the district are 96th Street to the north; Michigan, I-65, and Meridian Street to the east; 10th Street, 16th Street, the Town of Speedway, and 10th Street again to the south; and Raceway Road to the west. The headquarters is at 3821 Industrial Boulevard.

Special Units and Criminal Investigations[edit]

In addition to the service districts detailed above, the department also maintains an Investigations Division for investigation of major crimes such as murder, rape, and those related to narcotics, gangs, or organized crime. The department also maintains five special units:

  • Aviation Section - Operates one helicopter to support vehicle patrols and pursuits.
  • Canine Section - Extensively trains dogs and handlers for use in police investigations and operations.
  • Mounted Patrol - Operates in downtown district primarily, serving areas not accessible to vehicle patrols.
  • "Ranger Unit" - Assigned to each district, these officers patrol the 200+ park properties in Indianapolis.
  • SWAT - High-risk operations division divided into three sections: Snipers/Observers, Entry, and Tactical Emergency Medical Specialists (TEMS).

Rank structure[edit]

The rank structure of the department is as follows:[7]

Title Insignia Badge color Uniform
Chief of Police
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Gold Navy blue Shirt
Assistant Chief
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Deputy Chief
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US-O4 insignia.svg
Captain insignia gold.svg
Navy blue shirt
US-O1 insignia.svg
NYPD Sergeant Stripes.svg
Detective Silver


  • Glock 22 .40 S&W- standard issue was to be phased out in 2016, but following issues with the Glock 17M the Glock 22 was put back into service until the issue could be addressed with Glock and the department. [8]
  • Glock 17M 9mm- new issue weapon for 2016 and 2017. Currently all sworn officers have been issued the 17M and Glock 22 has been completely phase out.
  • Remington 870 Pump Action- standard issue shotgun for the department. The department also uses a less lethal shotgun as well for certain situations where deadly force isn't needed but a Taser or pepper spray is to no use.
  • CAR-15- like most departments an AR-15 style patrol rifle is utilized by the officers of the department during intense situations and other situations where a pistol or a shotgun is to little effect. The IMPD uses the Colt CAR-15A3 RO997 (M4A1) as does the agencies SWAT unit.

Fallen officers[edit]

To date, there have been three Indianapolis Metropolitan police officers killed in the line of duty since the department was created in 2007.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "IMPD 2009 Annual Report" (PDF.). IMPD Planning and Research Office. 2010. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  2. ^ City-County General Ordinance No. 110, 2005, Proposal No. 627, 2005
  3. ^ "General Departmental Information". IMPD. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  4. ^ IndyGov: Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
  5. ^ Retrieved 26 April 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Retrieved 26 April 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Hite, Richard. "Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Final 01-23-14 Staffing Presentation" (PDF). Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  8. ^
  9. ^ Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. Officer Down Memorial Page website. Accessed 28 November 2014.

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