Benefits/Minimum Requirements

There are several benefits of being an IMPD Reserve Officer, including the following:

  • The opportunity to make a real difference in the community
  • Accredited law enforcement training and opportunities for specialty training (bicycles, motorcycles, etc.)
  • Take-home police car, subject to availability
  • Uniforms and equipment
  • Medical and liability coverage while performing official duties
  • Fast-track field training for eligible reserve IMPD officers who want to become full-time IMPD officers.

The following are MINIMUM eligibility requirements to become an IMPD Reserve Officer:

  • Be a resident citizen of the United States
  • Be 21 years of age by date of appointment
  • Cannot have been arrested or charged with a felony that has not been expunged by a court, even if charges were later dropped
  • Cannot have a misdemeanor conviction of domestic violence under [18 USC Sec. 922(g)] that has not been expunged by a court, even if charges were later dropped
  • Cannot have been dishonorably discharged from the military
  • Possess a valid drivers license from your state of residence
  • Be a resident of Marion County, Indiana or one of the seven (7) contiguous counties (i.e., Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Morgan or Shelby county), at the time of appointment to the Department
  • Pass a mandatory drug screening test

Failure to meet any of the minimum eligibility requirements above will result in your disqualification from the application process.

In addition to meeting the above minimum eligibility requirements, IMPD Reserve Officer applicants must successfully pass an extensive application process and background investigation, including a written examination, oral board interview, medical screening, psychological screening, polygraph examination, IMPD executive/board approvals, and a physical fitness evaluation.

Tattoo Policy:

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department's policy on uniform and personal appearance provides, in part, as follows:

  • Any tattoo or brand anywhere on the body that is obscene, advocates sexual, racial, ethnic, or religious discrimination, or is detrimental to departmental order, discipline, or is of a nature that tends to bring discredit or harm upon the department is prohibited.
  • Applicants and officers may not have intentional body mutilation; piercing, branding or intentional scarring that is excessive or eccentric.  For example, slits or forked tongues, enlarged or stretched ears or foreign objects under the skin are prohibited.