Bryan Roach introduced as new chief of IMPD
IMPD names Bryan Roach as new chief
New IMPD chief
New IMPD chief
INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Mayor Joe Hogsett has named Bryan Roach as the new Chief of Police for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
The new IMPD police chief will start his new job at Metro Police headquarters immediately.
Bryan Roach has named his top three priorities to keeping the Circle City as safe as possible.
"There is no reason for me not to be as transparent as possible," said Chief Roach.
He spoke candidly to the press in front of the command staff he will now lead. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett hand-picked the 27-year police veteran to head up IMPD. A lot of the credit goes to the positions Roach has held during his time on the police force at IMPD.
"This is someone who has held every merit and every appointed rank within IMPD," said Mayor Joe Hogsett. "Every single one."
The chance to lead the state's largest local police force comes after a record-breaking year of homicides in the Circle City.
Already, 2017 has started out deadly and violent with high-profile crimes, like the two robbers caught on camera after reportedly killing two restaurant workers on the city's east side.
Metro homicide detectives are also looking for the public's help and clues in the city's first homicide of the year on Jefferson Avenue. Officers found a 38-year-old man shot dead on his front porch.
The new chief's top three keys to better police work were also announced right away.
"Number one, as a department we should be really good at protecting the rights specifically of the city we serve. The second is the fact that we should be passionate about building high trust relationships. Number three is it's been my experience that there are simple solutions to complex problems," Roach said.
"There is already a level of distrust that we have to work through," said Rev. Preston Adams.
Adams and a few concerned clergy met with the mayor and city leaders prior to the public announcement of the new appointment.
Local ministers like Adams, who are concerned about crime, hope to forge a relationship with the new chief that spills over into the community.
"Don't just live in your office so to speak. But get out amongst the people, walk amongst the people and make sure people can feel you," said Adams.
"Our major concern right now is his ability to interact in a totally different way with the community, because that's going to be extremely important," said Rev. Horatio Luster.
Roach not only has the support of the current rank and staff, but his family is behind him 100 percent, too.
"If you think that Bryan is passionate about his police work, he is even more passionate about his family. He is a great father, a great husband and just a great person who really cares about people," said Marie Roach.
"I know that there are challenges," said Bryan Roach, "and I accept those challenges."
Former Police Chief Troy Riggs served only one year. Roach promised the mayor to serve at least three years to finish out his boss's first term.
"There is no reason for me not to be as transparent as possible. I want you to know who I am. I want you to know what our police department stands for, and I want that trust, that community so that we can work together," said Roach.
He said that as an older officer, he realized "that I can't solve the world's problems. I need others to do that. In order to do that, they have to trust me. I have to be transparent and they can't think that I'm hiding anything."
Roach said the biggest challenge as chief would be "probably getting my philosophy pushed all the way down to the officer that shows up at your house on a run. To be honest with you, great men and women of the police department - but we have a difficulty communicating all the way down so that what the command staff needs and things like criminal justice reform - those ideas; I can change behavior all day long but it's that mindset - can I get the officers to understand there's real meaning behind the things we're asking them to do. Once they figure that out, I don't have to lead them. They lead themselves."
Hogsett also announced plans to have a formal swearing in for Roach in the very near future.