City seeks ability to fire police officers before completing judicial process

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 12, 2014)– The Department of Public Safety hopes to submit a final draft in the coming weeks proposing changes to the termination policy for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD).

Deputy Public Safety Director Valerie Washington says that among the proposed changes would be allowing merit board to take action to discipline or terminate officers before the judicial process is complete.  This would bring the Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) and IMPD policies closer to being in line.

Washington says the proposal has been in the works for about a year.  After completing their final internal draft, they will work with the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) on it.

The full council won’t address it until after the budget cycle, which would be November at the earliest.

IMPD says six officers are currently on leave or suspension without pay pending termination. Officers in that status could still receive health insurance benefits if they elected to pay their portion. Officers in that position now are Bryan Neal, Allen Johnson, David Reece, Jason Barber, John Serban and Michael Reiger.