IMPD holds flag presentation ceremony for family of Deputy Chief Jim Waters

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INDIANAPOLIS -- A line formed for hours Tuesday as a community came to say goodbye to Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Deputy Chief Jim Waters.

Visitation runs from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Crown Hill Funeral Home.

IMPD presented Waters’ family with an American flag in a private ceremony alongside Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and members of the IMPD.

“Knowingly or unknowingly by simply putting on that uniform and going to work every day, Jim made Indianapolis a better place,” Roach said.

The Deputy Chief died on July 27 after being seriously injured in a crash on I-70 last Sunday. Fire officials say Waters was traveling eastbound on the interstate when a semi hit his vehicle from behind. They say Waters may have slowed down or came to a stop due to debris in the roadway.

“For our community, it’s a huge loss because he advocated for so much of what we need in policing and need more in policing,” Major Jim Cleek said. “And that is really seeing people as people.”

Waters served IMPD for nearly 30 years first as a civilian employee and then as an officer. During his career, IMPD says Chief Waters served in a variety of roles that included Commander of East District (2011-2014), Assistant Chief (2014-2017), and most recently, Deputy Chief of Investigations – an appointment by Chief Bryan Roach in January.

“Our goal in all of this is to really cover this family with love,” Rick Snyder said, president of the Indianapolis F.O.P. “And ensure that they know that they are not going to walk this journey alone.”

Waters’ funeral will be held at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday. It is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.

Fraternal Order of Police #86 President Rick Snyder issued this statement:

"At the request of the Waters family and in deference to the line of duty funeral services for Lt Allan, there will not be a live broadcast of the funeral and grave site ceremonies for Deputy Chief Waters."

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