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Indianapolis Officials Fret Over Police Retirements

December 28, 2007  | 

Indianapolis city officials are facing a severe shortage of law enforcement personnel.

The Indianapolis Metro Police Department is losing 71 officers to retirement on Jan. 1. This is in addition to a shortage that the force is already facing. The department estimates that in 2008, the city will lose 3,500 years of combined law enforcement experience.

Local media has reported that the department is hiring back officers with overtime.

"We're short, and you look at the slates every single day—the districts aren't being manned 100 percent. They can't," says Sgt. Bill Owensby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police.

The department plans to hire 160 new officers in 2008. If it succeeds, nearly 25 percent of the force will have about one year of experience.

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Thor Odinson @ 1/2/2008 1:40 PM

It isn't like a bunch of LEO's resigned unexpectedly in protest of something. Police admin (chief ultimately) dropped the ball big time here unless human resources was advised. Normally the city council meetings are attended by the chief or designee. If council buried head in sand after being advised of projected retirement the citizens need to examine a little thing entitled "recall". Unbelievable. Thor

zmauer @ 1/4/2008 9:39 AM

Losing a lot the senior leadership is unfortunate. It's good news for me though. After trying for years I am in the final stages of the process I hope. The combining of the Police and Sheriff's departments has played havoc with the hiring of new officers. Another issue is now the Mayor is trying to take back control from the Sheriff.

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