INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department does not have a new recruiting class in sight. This comes as troubling news, as the city has surpassed more than 30 murders in just the first four months of the year.
Sheriff John Layton has offered to lend the department a hand. He has more then 700 deputies and 50 reserved officers.
Since the police merge in 2007 the Sheriffs' responsibilities have changed. The department is responsible for five areas including warrants, 2,400 inmates, and security for Marion County Courts.
The average deputy also makes 40 percent less than IMPD officers. Despite the offer, it doesn't appear IMPD is ready to accept the help. Both departments have a history of working together and are currently trying to determine how much more the departments can accomplish as a team.
"We have an opportunity to talk about what's efficient in terms of operations we will look at all of our systems," said IMPD Police Chief Rick Hite.
Currently the departments work together on some investigations and services.
One example is Wishard Hospital. When an officer arrests an injured suspect, that person is sent to hospital. Instead of an officer waiting with that suspect, a deputy will sit with the inmate which frees up the officer to patrol.
Deputies are cross trained, meaning they are prepared to step in as officers if they are ever needed to perform those duties. That is why there is an argument that this is the logical step to take in keeping the city safe.
"Sure I want to get in and help whenever we can," said Layton. However, he adds he is not willing to get involved unless IMPD is in favor of it.
"Without a invitation I'm not going to try to get in their sandbox, and they don't try run the jail."
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