INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced Randal Taylor as the new chief for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
Hogsett made the announcement during a press conference Tuesday morning.
Chief Taylor isn't new to the department. He's served as the assistant chief since 2017 and has more than 30 years experience in law enforcement.
"It's an incredible honor. I'm truly humbled and grateful for this opportunity to serve the community," said Taylor.
In recent years, chief Taylor has been known to attend funerals for those killed in violent crimes and he will continue to build that public trust.
"My thing really is the community. The difference is I'm going to be out there and have difficult conversations and provide hope to people who need it, but I plan on being at a lot of things," said Taylor.
During his swearing in ceremony in 2017, Chief Bryan Roach promised an emphasis on beat policing and hiring hundreds of new officers. Mayor Hogsett said he expects Taylor to continue those efforts as well.
"Chief Taylor knows where we have been and most importantly where we are going," said mayor Joe Hogsett.
After several years of record murder numbers, 2019 will end with slightly fewer homicides when compared to last year. Chief Taylor hopes his focus on community outreach will reduce violent crimes even more in the years ahead.
"No one will say I won’t be out there hustling. I don’t know what the numbers will be, but I’m a faithful man and am optimist that we can bring those numbers down," said Taylor.
Roach is retiring this week after serving three years as IMPD chief. Roach is leaving IMPD to become a site security specialist for Roche Diagnostics.
The President of the Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police, Rick Snyder, sent the following statement:
“As a collective organization, we are pleased the Mayor selected from within the agency. As such, we are hopeful the new Chief and his leadership team will hit the ground running without delay. Our City is confronted with the here and now of a Crisis of Violence and a Broken System of Catch and Release Criminal Justice.
We look forward to working alongside Chief Taylor to address the safety concerns of our community while ensuring our rank and file officers have the resources, direction and support they critically need. We congratulate Chief Taylor whose professional and life experiences combined with his rise through the ranks of the department will serve our City well. We stand ready to jointly move forward.”
As his first formal act, chief Taylor appointed Chris Bailey as his assistant chief.