INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—Leaders with the Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) announced Tuesday they would call for an independent investigation into the code violations and city contract for the Regional Operations Center (ROC).
The Department of Public Safety announced Monday they would immediately evacuate the ROC and the East District Police Headquarters due to fire safety hazards found in the building.
As documented by Fox 59 News, the ROC’s fire safety system was seriously compromised without sprinklers and detectors that forced IFD to spend tens of thousands of dollars of overtime to staff the site with fire inspectors 24/7.
Structurally walls and plumbing were continually issues as employees complained about air quality.
Public Safety Director Troy Riggs is frustrated by the workmanship and safety problems that have bedeviled the ROC since before it was opened in time for the Super Bowl in 2012.
Previous Public Safety Director Frank Straub, with the approval of Mayor Greg Ballard and the City-County Council, pushed for relocating key police and public safety offices at the site of the former Eastgate Consumer Mall at Shadeland Avenue and Washington Street.
Straub envisioned a command center to house the city’s emergency management services as well as district police officers, covert, plainclothes and special operations and Homeland Security.
As the title Regional Operations Center indicates, Straub expected surrounding communities would utilize the ROC, assign personnel there in the event of an incident and help underwrite the cost.
It never happened.
Instead, the city signed a 20-year lease agreement that commits Indianapolis to approximately $20 million in payments and precludes the Department of Public Safety from relocating its personnel to another leased site.
Riggs instead is reassigning officers to the IMPD Training Academy on the east side and Homeland Security employees to a back-up center at Indianapolis International Airport if necessary.