IMPD to swear in new recruits, start ‘journey’ toward growing ranks

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 2, 2014) — Three days after an officer with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department survived being shot in the line of duty, dozens of new recruits will swear a willingness to make the same selfless sacrifice.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard will join Director of Public Safety Troy Riggs and IMPD Chief Rick Hite to swear in 58 new police recruits at 1 p.m. at the Indianapolis Urban League at 777 Indiana Ave.

“This class is a very talented class,” Riggs said.  “We’ve tried very hard to mirror the diversity of our community and we did that by recruiting from within Indianapolis.”

The current 9th recruit class is made up of 47 men and 11 women.  Twelve percent of the recruits are Hispanic, 28 percent are black and 60 percent are white.  The board approved a recruit class of 60 members and two more recruits were expected to be added ahead of the big day.

However, 60 new recruits will not yield a net gain of 60 officers for the year.  Each year, IMPD loses and dozens of officers to attrition.

“This is a journey, not a destination, of continuing to have classes such as this,” Hite said, “so we can continue to attack this problem that we’re finding in our community, where people are lawless in their thinking [and] bias in their approach to [do] harm in our community.”

The swearing-in ceremony comes just three days after Officer Greg Milburn was shot in the line of duty.  Milburn was treated and released from the hospital after suffering injuries that were not considered life-threatening.