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Council to Vote Monday on IMPD Reform Plan

Proposal calls for national accreditation within four years

9/30/2010

A City-County Council vote Monday could put IMPD on track to earning national accreditation by 2014.

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A bipartisan deal in a council committee calls for a public database of police commendations and discipline, and requires the public safety director to hold a college degree. It defers an earlier suggestion to hold all officers to that standard to a new bipartisan study panel.

That panel also gives the parties a way out of a potential stalemate over Democrats' call for a council investigation of the incident which sparked the reform push: the fatal accident involving Officer David Bisard. Bisard is awaiting trial on reckless homicide charges, but prosecutors dropped drunken-driving charges after revealing police botched a blood-alcohol test.

The proposal calls on the study commission to review the findings of internal and FBI investigations. That satisfies Republican objections to launching a parallel inquiry that could interfere with the outside probe.

The panel will also review other reforms put forward in Republicans' initial proposal, including IMPD policies on drug testing and take-home cars.

But the simplest proposal could be the most far-reaching. Democratic Councillor Mary Moriarty Adams says achieving accreditation within four years will force sweeping changes in training and procedure to meet the national standard.

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