Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

This article is about the curernt police department in Indianapolis. For the city's police department prior to 2007, see Indianapolis Police Department.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
Abbreviation IMPD
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Agency overview
Formed January 1, 2007
Preceding agencies
Annual budget $222 million[1]
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* City of Indianapolis in the state of Indiana, United States
Map of Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department's jurisdiction.
Size 372 sq mi (963.5 km2)
Population 829,718 (2010)
Legal jurisdiction State of Indiana
Governing body Indianapolis City-County Council
Constituting instrument General Ordinance 110 [2]
General nature
  • Law enforcement
  • Local civilian police
Operational structure
Headquarters City-County Building
50 North Alabama Street Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Officers 1,550[3]
Civilian employees 278[1]
Elected officer responsible Greg Ballard, Mayor of Indianapolis
Agency executive Rick Hite, Chief of Police
Parent agency Indianapolis Department of Public Safety
Cars 1,763
Motorcycles 70
IMPD's official site
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

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 three of the four excluded cities of Beech Grove, Lawrence, and Speedway (see Unigov). The fourth excluded city of Southport is currently patrolled by Metro Police. 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, 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. IMPD has six service districts.

Downtown District

This district is under the command of Commander Karen Arnett 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, bike and mounted patrol officers. The headquarters for the district is located at 39 W. Jackson Street in Historic Union Station. It is bounded by 10th St. 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

This district is under the command of Commander Thomas Koppel and has 215 sworn officers and 10 civilian 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 Ave., 30 Street and Fall Creek to the south; and Michigan Road to the west. Its headquarters is located at 3120 E. 30th Street.

East District

This district is under the command of Commander James Waters. This nearly 39-square-mile (100 km2) 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 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.

Southeast District

The Southeast District is under the command of Commander John Conley. Under him are 190 sworn officers and 15 civilian employees patrolling a 97-square-mile (250 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 at 1150 S. Shelby Street.

Southwest District

Command for this district falls to Commander Bryan Roach, who leads a district of 190 sworn officers and 10 civilian employees. They take responsibility for an area encompassing 80 square miles (210 km2). 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.

Northwest District

Commander Brian Mahone is in command of this district of 200 sworn officers 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.
  • "Ranger Unit" - Assigned to each district, these officers patrol the 205+ park properties.
  • SWAT - High-risk operations division divided into three section: Snipers/Observers, Entry, and Tactical Emergency Medical Specialists(TEMS).

Rank structure

Title Insignia
Chief of Police
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Assistant Chief
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Deputy Chief

See also


External links

  • Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department site
  • IMPD Service Districts
  • City-County General Ordinance No. 110, 2005