Written by: Claire Dalton, PR Manager in collaboration with Jim Gillespie, IMPD PA Patrolman
Have you ever wondered what an Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) fleet vehicle's destiny is after it retires? Through longstanding partnerships like the one IPL has with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD), retired IPL fleet vehicles, like bucket trucks, get another purpose to provide public safety to the Indianapolis community.
Earlier today, IPL proudly presented IMPD officials with a retired bucket truck which will be used to maintain over 100 cameras located in approximately 80 locations throughout the City of Indianapolis. According to IMPD Public Affairs Patrolman Jim Gillespie, these cameras have been in place since 2008, and when required maintenance is needed or the cameras need to be replaced, the work has historically been contracted. In the event one of the cameras were damaged due to a traffic accident, repairing or putting the camera back in place would take several days, if not weeks, due to scheduling. With the IPL bucket truck donation, IMPD staff will be able to quickly respond to repair or replace cameras and provide much needed maintenance in timely and a cost-effective manner without having to contract the work to an outside company.
IPL President and CEO Rafael Sanchez said, "We put safety first at IPL, so we could not think of a better use for a retired IPL bucket truck. We are proud of our longstanding partnership with the brave men and women of IMPD and always look for ways to enhance the safety of those who live, work, and play in the communities we serve."
Before handing over the bucket truck, the IMPD division who will be utilizing the truck for security inspections were trained on how to operate the truck weeks prior to today.
IMPD Chief Bryan Roach said, "We have long enjoyed a strong partnership with Indianapolis Power & Light Company. This donation will play a vital role in maintaining current public safety cameras that are in place and make it more cost-effective to install additional equipment in the future to help deter criminal acts as well as strengthen cases brought before the courts with video evidence."
Officials who accepted the bucket truck on behalf of IMPD include Assistant Chief Randal Taylor, Major Craig McCartt, and Jim Gillespie and Genae Cook representing IMPD's PA Division. IPL personnel who were present include Manager Fleet and Facilities Services Brian Osborn and Fleet Administrator Kim Garner. Other IPL personnel who made this donation possible include Senior Director of Indiana T&D Operations Mike Shruba, Fleet Team Leader Les Gose, IT Security Ron Harrod, along with Garage Mechanics James Jones, Gary Meyers, and Scott Newerth who performed all the boom inspection and di-electric testing of the bucket.
It was a special day for both IPL and IMPD, and we continue to work together to help make Indianapolis an even greater and safer city to live, work and play.