The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, or IMPD, is the law enforcement agency for the city of Indianapolis. Its jurisdiction covers all of Marion County except the four excluded cities (see Unigov). The department was created in January 1, 2007 by consolidating the Indianapolis Police Department and the law enforcement division of the Marion County Sheriff's Department.
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 control of the department was handed over to the current Mayor, Greg Ballard. This was accomplished through the City-County Council passing Proposal 6 after Mayor Ballard and Sheriff Anderson reached a resolution for the transfer of power. As part of the resolution, the IMPD was established as the police agency under the Department of Public Safety. The Mayor appoints a Director of Public Safety, who in turn appoints a Chief of Police to administer the daily operations of the department. There are six service districts and they are:
This district is under the command of Major Darryl Pierce and boasts some 75 sworn officers and 10 civilian employees. Due to the nature of the area, and the amount of large events held here, this district relies heavily on foot and mounted patrol officers. The headquarters for the district is located at 25 W. 9th St. It is bounded by 10th St. and I-65 to the north, I-70/I-65 to the east, I-70 to the south, and the White River to the west.
This district is under the command of Major David Allender and has 215 sworn officers and 10 civilian employees. It is responsible for a area bounded by 96th Street to the north; the City of Lawrence to the east; Massachusetts Ave., 30 Street and Fall Creek to the south; and Michigan Road to the west. Its headquarters is located at 3120 E. 30th Street.
This district is under the command of Major Becky Lake. This nearly area is served by 210 sworn officers and 10 civilian employees. It is bounded by the City of Lawrence to the north; Carrol Road to the east; Washington Street to the south; and I-65 and Meridian Street to the west. The district maintains their headquarters at 3229 N. Shadeland Avenue.
The Southeast District is under the command of Major Clifford Myers. Under him are 190 sworn officers and 15 civilian employees patrolling a 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 at 1150 S. Shelby Street.
Command for this district falls to Major Brian Mahone, who leads a district of 190 sworn officers and 10 civilian employees. They take responsibility for an area encompassing . The boundaries for the district are set as: Northern boundary, 10th Street until the Town of Speedway, around Speedway until 16th Street, following 16th until the White River; Eastern boundary, White River to Morris Street then east until Meridian Street and then south to County Line Road; Southern Boundary, County Line Road; Western boundary, Raceway Road. The district's headquarter can be found at 551 N. King Avenue.
Major Paul Ciesielski is in command of this district of 200 sworn officer and 10 civilian employees. The boundaries for the district are 96th St to the north; Michigan, I-65, and Meridian St. 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 listed at 3821 Industrial Boulevard.
Special Units and Criminal Investigations
In addition to the service districts detailed above, the department also maintains an Investigations Division - for major criminal investigations for crimes such as murder, rape, or those related to narcotics, gangs, or organized crime - and four special units. The four units are listed and summarized below:
- Aviation Section - Operates four helicopters 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.
- SWAT - High-risk operations division divided into three section: Snipers/Observers, Entry, and Tactical Emergency Medical Specialists(TEMS).