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IPSF leverages financial and in-kind resources to support a variety of programs, making significant impact on our city’s first responders and the public safety of our community. The IPSF Board of Directors is committed to furthering its work through these programs, with continual process improvement and data-collection for program analysis.

Program Overview

With the generous support of the Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate, IPSF and IMPD re-launched the IMPD Cadet program in 2017. Prior to this time, IMPD did not have a consistent pipeline nor any opportunities to engage youth between the ages of 18 and 21 - the age when an individual is able to apply to be a police officer. The Cadet program fills this crucial gap, thus helping to reduce the loss of qualified candidates, especially amongst under-represented communities.

The IMPD Cadets are assigned to civilian roles within IMPD, giving them exposure to both internal and external audiences and preparing them for future careers as police officers. This provides an impactful value to IMPD in ensuring the administrative function of the agency continues to operate at optimal capacity. In addition, IMPD Cadets are offered opportunities for additional training such as Mental Health First Aid, conflict resolution and de-escalation, Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training, Trauma-Informed Care, InterAct (police reporting system), report-writing, physical fitness and more.


“The IMPD Cadet Program has offered me a new light into the world of public safety. My current position as the Administrative Assistant to Dane Nutty has taught me all about organizational infrastructure. I have seen a significant improvement in my communication skills as well as time management. Being in this position has given me wonderful opportunities that I do not think I could have obtained at any other job.”

Dominique Bohannon, IMPD Cadet


With the help of the Indy Public Safety Foundation, IMPD was able to launch the IMPD Explorer Program, which provides weekly training for youth between the ages of 12 and 18. Explorers learn about law enforcement practices while developing skills such as communication and responsibility.


IPSF funded training for 25 developing leaders in IMPD to take part in a two-day training by the Arbinger Institute. The training – “Developing and Implementing an Outward Mindset” – teaches participants about new leadership styles pertinent to law enforcement and police leadership, especially with regards to community engagement and involvement.


Twenty-five (25) IMPD current and developing leaders received the two-day training and an additional 10 IMPD officers received the “Train the Trainer” 3-day course that allowed them to continue providing this vital training to the entire department. The Foundation’s support allowed IMPD to become certified to teach the 2-day course and IMPD will commence training officers in the first quarter of 2016.


“Our jobs can be stressful and dangerous, but this training program helps better connect IMPD with the communities we serve and vice versa.” - Captain Tom Smith, IMPD


The Employee Recognition Banquet is a valued tradition where officers and civillian employees are nominated and awarded by their peers for the courageous, dedicated, and impactful work they do for IMPD and the city.

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