“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.”How long will it be until white police officer candidates file a lawsuit against the City claiming that they were passed over by less-qualified minority candidates for jobs on IMPD's police force?
As the story notes, IMPD is playing catch up. The FOP says the total number of police officers that make up IMPD's force is 250 below the level it was when Mayor Greg Ballard took office in 2008. That's right. The 65% increase in the local income tax to support public safety resulted in fewer, not more, police officers being hired. Despite promising to make public safety job one, Mayor Ballard decided that diverting as many tax dollars into TIF funds and other investments that directly benefit his campaign contributors is more important than public safety. Mayor Ballard and the City-County Council are poised to raise your income taxes once again this based upon the promise of hiring more police officers. Will you be fooled again?