Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Who's In Charge of IMPD?
When Greg Ballard ran for Mayor in 2007, he promised that he would bring IMPD back under control of the elected Mayor of Indianapolis instead of the elected Sheriff of Marion County. Four years later, it's hard to tell just exactly who is control of IMPD.
Is it poor figurehead Chief of Police, Paul Ciesielski? Is it Public Safety Director Frank Straub? Is it Ballard? If you believe this report from Fox 59, you just can't be sure.
The long and short of it, the person that's least in control of the day-to-day operations of the police department seems to be Greg Ballard. It's clear that he has no idea of what's happening there, and it's another example of why the FOP endorsed Melina Kennedy for Mayor.
The Fox 59 report also takes on Mayor Ballard's repeated claim about how crime is down in Indianapolis. Some crime is up. Fox 59 says that crime is pretty much stagnant.
I will also tell you another reason why many in the FOP are tired of Ballard. You can ask them this yourselves if you don't believe me. The original ordinance that merged the Marion County Sheriff's Department patrol deputies and IMPD has been completely blown over by Ballard and his Public Safety Department. Little attention has been paid to promises the ordinances made in the realm of management positions. Many of the command posts feature former IPD personnel instead of former MCSD deputies.
So, who's in charge of IMPD? I don't even think Mayor Ballard knows! Another broken promise by Mr. Mayor.