for visiting our website. I am often asked what is an ideal IMPD officer, what
skills set must they possess, and what qualities do we look for. Below you will
find a list of some of the attributes needed to be a successful in the IMPD.
Community oriented. You must believe in community engagement and serving
something bigger than yourself.
Physical fitness is an important job function. You may be required to work in
environments/conditions that demand physical exertion. We expect you to meet the
challenges and overcome obstacles presented to you.
Polite, Respectful, Courteous, Fair and Empathetic-these qualities define our
core values. Our oath of office dictate and affirm that we support the
Constitution of the United States of America, the Constitution of the State of
Indiana, City Code and Ordinance, and faithfully discharge the duties of the
position of Police Officer.
Poised and slow to anger are what makes us professional lawmen and law women.
We do not always initiate conflict, nor do we shy away from it when proper and
Intelligent and well spoken are critical components to finding solutions to
problems that face our community and its stakeholders. We reduce crime! We seek
men and women who are creative in their efforts to improve the quality of life
in our neighborhoods.
Places a high emphasis on prevention and presence.
Uses force when appropriate and deadly force only when it is absolutely
Exhausts other means of enforcement before resorting to arrest with exception
of a felonious suspect(s) or an individual wanted by a judicial court.
Approachable and friendly, engaging the public in polite conversation often.
Remembers names and uses them. Smiles often realizing that the old adage “You
can attract a lot more bees with honey than you can vinegar” holds true.
Refrains from profanity, threats or hostile gestures.
Will not appear unsympathetic or unconcerned.
very knowledgeable about his/her profession and is highly efficient.
Finally, an IMPD officer “considers the rights of others before their own
feelings, and the feelings of others before their own rights.”
are dedicated to upholding the highest professional standards while serving the
community in which we work and live. We are committed to the enforcement of
laws to protect life and property, while also respecting individual rights,
human dignity, and community values. We are committed to creating and
maintaining active police/community partnerships and assisting citizens in identifying
and solving problems to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.
New recruits must successfully complete all academy courses. All aspects of training are essential to the recruit. The training not only ensures retention by the department as a probationary officer, but it ensures the ability to function as a professional police officer for the City of Indianapolis.