The first of more than two dozen efficiency teams created by the city to help better protect citizens revealed their recommendations for the Department of Public Safety more than two months ahead of schedule.
Public Safety Director Troy Riggs announced the first-round recommendations from the Police Morale Efficiency Team will be implemented immediately.
“These recommendations are important to restoring morale within the Department of Public Safety specifically IMPD,” said Riggs. “DPS stands committed to implementing recommendations from other efficiency teams once they are received and reviewed.”
The efficiency team called for increased communication between officers and the Office of the Chief of Police Rick Hite. The team recommended Hite connect regularly with all officers and civilians within the department in order to establish a successful stream of communication.
“Communication in any organization is important, but particularly in policing,” said Chief Hite. “In addition to the newsletters, we look to expand our communication outreach through increased e-mail blasts and other means to communicate with the Office of the Chief and this will in fact improve morale and increase communication.”
Public safety officials also plan to increase morale by applying additional funds to the Fallen Officer Legacy Project, which was established to place commemorative plaques at incident locations in the community where officers have died in the line of duty. Project coordinators have already identified 118 markers, which cost about $30 each, that need to be placed across Marion Co.
“One of the sacred traditions of any police agency is to honor the officers who have fallen in the line of duty. The Fallen Officer Legacy Project gives us the opportunity to not only honor those officers who made the greatest sacrifice but also to allow the public to recognize their sacrifice,” said Spencer Moore, retired IMPD lieutenant and father to fallen officer David Moore.
Additionally, markers will also be placed at incident locations for fallen firefighters and EMS workers.