The Officer of the Month program is part of IMPD North District Commander Joshua Barker’s efforts to recognize exceptional community service and boost morale. On January 29, 2018, Officer Tiffany Rand and Officer Ryan Archer received recognition for their compassionate support of a family on Christmas Day. According to Commander Barker, Officer Rand was dispatched on December 25, 2017 to a home on E. 34th street where she found a woman who had been shot in the leg. She observed three children ages 3-6 years of age in the home that was devoid of heat and furniture. Officer Archer arrived to document the scene and confirmed the assessment of the dire situation. After the children were taken by a grandparent for safe-keeping, the two officers discussed the unfortunate scenario of the children not being able to have a “special Christmas Day.” The officers searched for a store open at 2 a.m. on Christmas morning and were able to locate a convenience store as well as an all night pharmacy. The officers made it possible for the two boys to each receive a remote control car, candy and a stuffed animal. The young girl received two Barbie dolls, candy and stuffed animals. Delivery was not accomplished by sleigh and reindeer, but by IMPD police cruiser. Commander Barker praised Officer Rand’s “Simple act of kindness that went above and beyond any expectation that is requested of her.”
North District’s “Officer of the Month” program is co-sponsored by the Broad Ripple American Legion Post #3 6379 N. College Ave. and Steven R. Jenkins. Post #3 2nd Vice Commander Daniel Cunningham said the Post became a co-sponsor because, “We want to support police officers in our area.” Members of Post #3 attended the ceremony during roll call at North District headquarters, 3120 E. 30th Street.