Monday, August 30, 2010

IMPD Morale, Confidence in Straub Low

I had a conversation with a friend of mine who is an IMPD officer the other day. It was after the Bisard accident (chronologically...not literally).

My friend expressed concern about a new City-County Council proposal spearheaded by Safety Director Frank Straub and supported by Benjamin Hunter and Ryan Vaughn that would require a college degree to apply to the department or receive a promotion within the department. My friend was concerned that this might effect IMPD veteran officers who have served in various roles within the department that don't have college degrees. He said no one has answered this question for him and how it will effect those veterans.

He told me that morale is at a true low right now, and that the good police officers continue to do their jobs while the bad incidents and officers get the majority of the press and the majority of the attention. He pointed out a recent situation where an IMPD officer went into a burning house to save someone. That got reported, but it didn't get the attention he felt it deserved.

There are also lingering issues left over from the merger. In the proposal that merged the department, former Sheriff's Department deputies were supposed to be more included in the command structure of IMPD. Currently, those levels that were in the original proposal are not being met.

In short, there are a lot of issues facing this department, and it's also clear that many of the rank-and-file officers do not have much faith in the leadership of Frank Straub, the Public Safety Director. I'm glad, though, that my friend continues to do his job in IMPD and do it well.

Here's to all the good people working hard for us everyday that get no credit. For you, I have this quote.

"Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition." --Abraham Lincoln

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