INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 27, 2015) – Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Chief Rick Hite was part of a national discussion about the future of policing. Last week he traveled to Washington, D.C. for a meeting at the White House as part of the President’s Task Force on 21st century policing.
“We can no longer police the way we used to police, what we came up with, the plans for the community and what we told you pretty much what we’re going to do every plan we have now, including our most recent federal plan involved community engagement,” said Chief Hite.
The chief joined other top law enforcement officials from across the country and the U.S. Attorney General. They group discussed ways to implement a series of recommendations outlined in report that aims to strengthen police training, oversight and transparency.
Chief Hite said Indianapolis is getting nationwide attention for the city’s efforts to engage residents and compile data. The chief wants to focus on building trust, improving training and the department’s perception. Body cameras could be a key part of a that effort to gain trust.
“I’m looking for resources, we’re looking for money to continue to operate within those frameworks we just described but we have to have money to outfit the officers and most importantly the storage and retrieval piece,” said Chief Hite.
Earlier this month the department wrapped up a pilot program where a select group of officers wore body cameras. Public safety officials are talking with vendors as they look at ways to fund a city-wide roll out.
Representatives from the local Fraternal Order of Police were also in Washington, D.C. last week. They met with Indiana’s Congressional Delegation to discuss concerns about officer suicide, grants for bullet proof vests and body cameras.
“We spoke about potential grant funding opportunities for that especially since this was recommended this type of equipment was recommended and advocated for by the President of the United States so we had discussions related to that,” said Rick Snyder, President of FOP Lodge 86.