INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- There are changes coming to the leadership of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
IMPD Chief Bryan Roach announced his retirement Friday. Roach made the announcement after nearly 29 years of service to the city.
In the announcement, Roach said he appreciates the opportunity the three years as Chief of Police has given him.
"I am grateful and humbled to have led this organization and its members," Roach said. "IMPD has some of the best and brightest men and women working across both the civilian and sworn ranks. The care, concern, and kindness they show daily for the citizens of Indianapolis, both publicly and privately, have been and will continue to be an inspiration to me."
During his time as Chief of Police, the Indianapolis Mayor's office said the department returned to citywide beat policing and created a crisis team focused on treating, rather than jailing, people suffering from mental health issues.
Roach also oversaw the launch of the Crime Gun Intelligence Center, which works across federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to identify serial shooters for investigation and prosecution.
Community leaders, like the Indy TenPoint Coalition's Reverend Charles Harrison, commend Chief Roach for his transparency, and increasing his visibility in communities through public safety walks.
“When you have controversial issues, and there's a relationship that has already been built, it makes it easier to work together with community leaders to try and resolve it," Reverend Harrison said.
In a statement, the Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police said this about Chief Roach's retirement,
"Today 11/29/19, our collective organization learned of the announcement by Chief of Police, Bryan Roach, of his retirement from the IMPD. We are grateful to Bryan Roach for his many years of service to Indianapolis including a career that spanned from Patrol Officer to Chief with the agency. As we begin the new year, the women and men of the IMPD look forward to ensuring a seamless transition which allows our Officers to remain focused on providing exceptional service and protection for the residents and visitors of Indianapolis."
“Chief Roach has proven to be a deliberate and dedicated leader throughout his nearly three decades with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, driven to make our city safer for all residents by working collaboratively, addressing the root causes of crime and leading his officers through a return to a community-focused policing model,” said Mayor Hogsett. “I want to thank Bryan for his steadfast service to the people of Indianapolis, and wish him incredible happiness in his retirement.”
Roach began his career in 1991 as a patrol officer in the North District before rising through the ranks as a narcotics detective, sergeant, and supervisor of the North District Neighborhood Resource Unit.
Chief Roach will continue to serve as police chief through the end of the year.