IMPD police recruits graduate with more on the way

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 22, 2016) -They are the city’s newest crime fighters, community builders and civil servants.

65 men and women from IMPD’s 11th Recruit Class are now officers.

They were sworn into service at a graduation ceremony on Friday.

Many of the officers are getting to work right away and will be on the streets this weekend.

These new officers are part of a plan to have 1,750 officers employed with the city within five years.

This new class brings the force strength to 1,643.

These officers will be a part of the new community policing effort which has officers patrolling on beats in the same areas and engaging with the public more.

“All of these new slots that are available to us are going to stay in patrol so we can put them in beats. Start going back to a beat system where people know the officers and officers know them and we can work together to do those 3 things reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime and enhance public safety,” said IMPD Chief Troy Riggs.

And more officers will soon be joining the force.

75 recruits are currently at the academy.

35 new recruits will begin their training in June.

The recruit training consists of more than a thousand hours of classroom and scenario based training and 20 weeks of on-the-job training in the field.

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