INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WISH) - Planning for Officer David Moore's funeral was finalized Saturday, ensuring enough room for all to attend and roads remain clear for the procession.
Spencer and Jo Ann Moore want their son's funeral open to the public, so everyone, from those who knew him best to those who didn't know him at all, can say their farewells to Indy's fallen hero.
"They have graciously invited the public to be part of this as much as the public cares to, whether it be just coming to the service and leaving afterward," 1st Sergeant David Bursten of the Indiana State Police said.
All of IMPD is also allowed time away from work to attend the funeral.
Other departments from around the Hoosier state will patrol the streets of Indianapolis in IMPD's absence.
Those involved in the planning expect more than 1,800 law enforcement personnel from around the city, state and nationwide to attend the service.
"The IMPD is comprised of 1,600 officers," Bursten said. "We expect over 1,000 of them will be attending. And then you add in the out of city officers and deputy sheriffs and state police personnel."
Organizers expect a significant amount of traffic downtown for the service and procession afterward.
So, folks who don't either live or work in the area will need to make other travel arrangements.
"If you're traveling anywhere in the area of Conseco Fieldhouse on Delaware, Pennsylvania, if that's your normal route of travel, plan now to make a different route of travel," Bursten said.
In addition, anyone driving into downtown should either arrive from the north or take the West Street exit from I-70.
The funeral service begins at 11 a.m. Tuesday, but road closures and restrictions will start much earlier.
Depending on the number of folks in attendance and the weather, it's expected to end sometime around 6 p.m.
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