Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) is the law enforcement agency for the city of Indianapolis, Indiana, in the United States. Its operational jurisdiction covers all of the consolidated city of Indianapolis and Marion County except for the Airport Authority and the four excluded cities of Beech Grove, Lawrence, Southport and Speedway (see Unigov). The department was created on January 1, 2007, by consolidating the Indianapolis Police Department and the law enforcement division of the Marion County Sheriff's Office.[4]

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
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Agency overview
FormedJanuary 1, 2007; 13 years ago (2007-01-01)
Preceding agencies
Annual budget$222 million[1]
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionIndianapolis, Indiana, United States
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Map of Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department's jurisdiction.
Size368.1 sq mi (953.5 km2)
Population852,866 (2013)
Legal jurisdictionState of Indiana
Governing bodyIndianapolis City-County Council
Constituting instrument
  • General Ordinance 110 [2]
General nature
HeadquartersCity-County Building
50 North Alabama Street Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Sworn Officers1,511[3]
Non-Sworn Employees278[1]
Elected officer responsible
Agency executive
Parent agencyIndianapolis Department of Public Safety
IMPD's official site

In 2018 IMPD made a lip sync video to Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling!" in response to the Lip Sync Challenge.[5]


At the time of its formation, the IMPD was headed by the elected sheriff of Marion County, Frank J. Anderson. However, on February 29, 2008, the department came under the control of the mayor of Indianapolis, Greg Ballard,. after Ballard and Anderson reached a resolution for the transfer of power and the City-County Council passed Proposal 6 effecting the change. The IMPD is part of the Department of Public Safety. The mayor appoints the Director of Public Safety, who in turn appoints the Chief of Police to administer the daily operations of the department.

IMPD has six service districts.

Downtown DistrictEdit

The Downtown District is under the command of Commander Phillip Burton. Due to the nature of the area and the number of large events held here, this district relies heavily on foot, bicycle, and mounted patrol officers. The headquarters for the district is at 39 W. Jackson Street in the historic Union Station. It is bounded by 10th Street and I-65 to the north, I-70/I-65 to the east, Morris Street to the south, and the White River to the west.

  • 80 sworn officers
  • 12,929 residents and an estimated 2,000,000 visitors in 2018
  • 3.5 square miles (9.1 km2)
  • In 2018, Downtown District officers responded to 20,835 calls for service and proactively addressed an additional 20,014 incidents.

North DistrictEdit

The North District is under the command of Commander Michael Wolley. It is bounded by 96th Street to the north; the city of Lawrence to the east; Massachusetts Avenue, 30th Street, and Fall Creek to the south; and Michigan Road to the west. Its headquarters is at 3120 E. 30th Street.

  • 198 sworn officers
  • 209,916 residents
  • 79 square miles (200 km2)
  • In 2018, North District responded to 69,676 calls for service

East DistrictEdit

The East District is under the command of Commander Jerry Leary. It is bounded by the city of Lawrence to the north; Carrol Road to the east; Washington Street and Brookville Road to the south; and I-65 and Meridian Street to the west. The district maintains their headquarters at 201 N. Shadeland Avenue, also known as the Regional Operations Center or ROC.

  • 204 sworn officers
  • 145,489 residents
  • 50 square miles (130 km2)
  • In 2018 East District responded to 81,121 calls for service.

Southeast DistrictEdit

The Southeast District is under the command of Commander Ronald Hicks. It is bounded by Washington Street to the north; Carroll Road to the east; County Line Road to the South; and Meridian Street to the west. Headquarters for this district is located in Fountain Square at 1150 Shelby Street.

  • 160 sworn officers
  • 175,812 residents
  • 85 square miles (220 km2)66 square miles (170 km2)
  • 60,217 calls for service were answered by Southeast District officers in 2018.

Southwest DistrictEdit

Command for the Southwest District falls to Commander Susan Hill[6] The district's northern boundary consists of 10th Street until the town of Speedway, around Speedway until 16th Street, and following 16th to the White River; the eastern boundary is White River to Morris Street, then east until Meridian Street, and then south to County Line Road; the southern boundary is County Line Road; and the western boundary is Raceway Road. The district's headquarters is at 551 N. King Avenue.

  • 148 sworn officers
  • 136,680 residents
  • 81 square miles (210 km2)
  • Southwest District answered 53,315 calls for service in 2018.

Northwest DistrictEdit

Commander Lorenzo Lewis [7] is in command of the Northwest District. The boundaries for the district are 96th Street to the north; Michigan, I-65, and Meridian Street to the east; 10th Street, 16th Street, the Town of Speedway, and 10th Street again to the south; and Raceway Road to the west. The headquarters is at 3821 Industrial Boulevard.

  • 161 sworn officers
  • 143,395 residents
  • 66 square miles (170 km2)
  • In 2018 Northwest District responded to 54,990 calls for service.

Special Units and Criminal InvestigationsEdit

In addition to the service districts detailed above, the department also maintains an Investigations Division for investigation of major crimes such as murder, rape, and those related to narcotics, gangs, or organized crime. The department also maintains five special units:

  • Aviation Section - Operates one helicopter to support vehicle patrols and pursuits.
  • Canine Section - Extensively trains dogs and handlers for use in police investigations and operations.
  • Mounted Patrol - Operates in downtown district primarily, serving areas not accessible to vehicle patrols.
  • Ranger Unit - Assigned to each district, these officers patrol the 200+ park properties in Indianapolis.
  • SWAT - High-risk operations division divided into three sections: Snipers/Observers, Entry, and Tactical Emergency Medical Specialists (TEMS).

Rank structureEdit

The rank structure of the department is as follows:[8]

Title Insignia Badge color Uniform
Chief of Police Gold Navy blue Shirt
Assistant Chief
Deputy Chief
Detective Silver


  • Glock 22 .40 S&W was standard issue and was to be phased out in 2016, but following issues with the Glock 17M, the Glock 22 was put back into service until the issue could be addressed with Glock and the department.[9]
  • Glock 17M 9mm is the new issue weapon for 2016 and 2017. Currently all sworn officers have been issued the 17M and the Glock 22 has been completely phased out.
  • Remington 870 Pump Action is the standard issue shotgun for the department. The department also uses a less lethal shotgun for certain situations where deadly force isn't needed but a Taser or pepper spray is ineffective.
  • AR-15 is the patrol rifle utilized by the officers of the department during intense situations and other situations where a pistol or a shotgun is to little effect. The IMPD uses the Colt CAR-15A3 RO997 (M4A1) as does the agency's SWAT unit.

Fallen officersEdit

As of August 2019, there have been three Indianapolis Metropolitan police officers killed in the line of duty since the department was created in 2007.[10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "IMPD 2009 Annual Report" (PDF.). IMPD Planning and Research Office. 2010. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  2. ^ City-County General Ordinance No. 110, 2005, Proposal No. 627, 2005
  3. ^ "General Departmental Information". IMPD. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department". City of Indianapolis. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  5. ^ Can't Stop the Feeling - IMPD Lip Sync Challenge, retrieved 2019-08-22
  6. ^ Retrieved 26 April 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Retrieved 26 April 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ Hite, Richard. "Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Final 01-23-14 Staffing Presentation" (PDF). Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  9. ^ "Indianapolis officers getting new Glocks in 2008". PoliceOne. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  10. ^ "The Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP)". Officer Down Memorial Page. Retrieved August 22, 2019.

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