Community Relations Unit
The Community Relations Unit is a vital section in each of the IMPD Districts. Community Relations Officers (CRO’s) serve as the first point of contact with citizens & community groups and are tasked with building relationships with them in the prevention of crime. CRO’s attend community meetings along with safety fairs to promote information about their district and are on a first name basis with hundreds of citizens in the district they serve. CRO’s are responsible for conducting presentations on crime prevention and other topics specific to the needs of that particular group or organization. CRO’s work with neighborhoods concerning quality of life issues such as abandoned homes, high weeds & grass, illegal dumping, narcotic complaints and neighborhood disputes. In addition, CRO’s work closely with other city agencies to help resolve issues within community using all available resources. CRO’s serve on committees as a law enforcement representative and work with community groups on their quality of life plans. CRO’s are responsible for coordinating their district’s Community Day and District Task Force Meetings. CRO’s are active in the schools and are frequently asked to speak about careers in law enforcement along with attending special programs. CRO’s are asked to assist with special enforcement details, patrol trouble spots as a result of community complaints along with participating in peace walks, bicycle rallies, neighborhood clean-ups and other special events. It takes a special kind of officer to become a CRO, as they must have a true desire to help the citizens they serve and go that extra mile to provide the best service we can from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. CRO’s must be friendly and be able to speak in front of large crowds and represent the department in a professional manner. CRO’s are available to answer questions from citizens and help them resolves their issues.