IMPD to boost number of African American recruits

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INDIANAPOLIS – When 58 Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department recruits are sworn in next Tuesday, there will be more African American officers as the department attempts to reflect the demographics of the city it serves.

Sixteen African American recruits will take the oath along with 42 other recruits. Marion County’s black population is pegged at 28 percent and the IMPD recruit class will match that percentage.

Eleven of the 58 recruits are women.

The class, the first in several years, comes at a time when Public Safety Director Troy Riggs and Police Chief Rick Hite have promised to lead a department that more closely resembles the make up of the city.

A recent study determined that IMPD is approximately 300 officers short of the workforce it needs to patrol Indianapolis.

IMPD now has less than 1,500 active officers and is set to lose more veteran policemen and women to retirements this summer.