IMPD officers talk street sense

In light of the tragic death of Ofc. Perry Renn, members of the IMPD family are talking openly about the crisis they are encountering on the streets.

It is really simple: for those who work on the streets, the increase in violence is due to the decrease in the value for human life.

When Officer Perry Renn walked down that alley off Forrest Manor Avenue Saturday night, he was confronting something much more powerful than the high powered rifle that took his life.

"Thirty-two years, I have never seen such a low [regard] for authority. Such a low [regard] for human life," Fraternal Order of Police President William Owensby observed.

Since Ofc. Rod Bradway lost his life in September 2013, eight IMPD officers have been shot; another 31 incidents involving officers and firearms have been reported.

"This is an epidemic like I have never seen in my career," Owensby added.

"This is to remind folks we lost someone. Our family is suffering. This means I am working with a heavy heart," IMPD Officer Jo Moore said.

By family, Officer Moore is talking about her IMPD family, but violence has also struck home. Her son, IMPD Officer David Moore, was shot and killed during a traffic stop in January 2011. She is well aware of the standoff on the streets.

"We just got to all stick together - citizens, police, everybody.  If we are going to get through this, and pray. Bring God back into your life, folks," Officer Moore stated.

But the word has given way to the weapon. IMPD officers know it.

"Who is going to do it? That is our job. Our job is to take the criminal element off the street and put them away. That is our job. We will never stop doing it. Times like this reinforce the need to do it even more," Owensby added.