City-County Counselor says the process is ongoing
By Cornelius Hocker | WRTV 6 (ABC, Indianapolis)
Oct. 26, 2020
INDIANAPOLIS — Proposal 237 is a done deal. It was approved by the Indianapolis City County Council and signed by Mayor Joe Hogsett. Proposal 237 adds four civilians to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s General Orders Board. Those four will join three IMPD officers to oversee the department’s policies and practices, helping to review and make changes when necessary.
One of the biggest points of contention during the debate over the proposal was about the four civilians selected. Two will be selected by the City-County council. Two will be selected by the mayor’s office. With this set to go into effect on January 1st, WRTV asked two of the councilors behind the proposal about that process.
Councilor Crista Carlino did not have time to talk to us for this particular story. However, Councilor Keith Potts did tell us this. “That process is going to take weeks, if not months, and once there is something to share and the process is in place, I can let you know,” Potts said.
While we wait, those who pushed for the proposal are hopeful the four community members picked will come from diverse backgrounds
“We want this governance board to be a reflection of the City of Indianapolis. It should reflect the diversity that’s within our community,” Pastor Richard A. Reynolds with Faith In Indiana said.
Pastor Reynolds also thinks it’s important the community knows the proposal, in his opinion, is a way to build trust between citizens and the police force
“It really is about partnership. It really is about working with police. It’s not anti-police in any way. We really want to support our police department and help IMPD be one of the best in the country,” Pastor Reynolds said.