INDIANAPOLIS — The president of the police union in Indianapolis is balking at a new proposal that would reshape policing in the Capital City.
The proposal before the City-County Council in Indianapolis is to restructure the General Orders Board at the Indianapolis Metro Police Department so that seven people sit on the board instead of three, and that four of those seats would have to be occupied by civilians.
The General Orders Board writes the rules and regulations that all police officers in Indianapolis must adhere to. FOP President Rick Snyder told Hammer and Nigel on 93 WIBC that the council is allowing politics to enter the realm of policing.
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“We welcome civilian input and quite frankly we desire civilian participation in discussions and review in what we do,” Snyder said. “This is really a political step that cuts the knees out from under the chief of police.”
“We have to keep politics out of policing decisions,” he added. “Do not let politics get into your policing. That’s exactly what’s going to go on here.”
Snyder fears that the council wants to give to much control of the police department in the hands of civilians insofar as to make it almost a moot point to even have a chief of police. He said restructuring the General Orders Board just adds another level of bureaucracy to policing.
“The concern is when we allow politically active and agenda-driven groups to start to get involved in a way that overtakes fair, impartial policing in our community,” Snyder said. “We can not have political agenda’s driving our policing decisions. That’s a recipe for disaster.”
Snyder said the legal authority to oversee the department should lie solely with the Chief of Police alone, in keeping with the “political processes” already in place and because then, he says, one person is also accountable.