IMPD puts promotions on hold during review of test scores


The test results for promotions at the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department are coming under scrutiny.

The state's largest police department was supposed to promote officers who took the sergeant's, lieutenant's and captain's tests.

But sources tell Eyewitness News the merit board, which oversees the promotion process, has been informed that the public safety director is concerned about the promotions test "due to inconsistencies."

The scrutiny, according to sources, will include looking at how as many as 14 officers scored a perfect 100 on the promotions test, which senior officers argue has never happened in the history of the department. Sources tell Eyewitness News that there are also a number of officers who scored a 99 out of 100.

The promotion test has 12 different categories that officers must study, including general orders, city codes, etc. The test parts also include a written exam and a practical.

A source tells Eyewitness News it is extremely rare for an officer to achieve a perfect score on the test, much less several officers on the same test.

Public Safety Director Dr. David Wantz says the promotions are on hold as they review the entire process.

Wantz himself once served on the Merit Board. He made it clear that his goal is to make sure that the promotions are fair for all the members of IMPD.