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Posted about 6 years ago

 

Indiana State Police has a division called "Capitol Police". This section is part of the state police, but their primary duties are patroling the government buildings, parking garages and governor's mansion. They have full powers in the state of Indiana. Do other cities have this type to division? Does anyone know of anyone in this type of postion that I can contact? Anyone in the Indy Captol Police that I can talk to? I know there is someone on this site that is somehow connected with the ILEA (Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, possibly an instructor), but I have tried to PM that person and they have not replied, so I do not know if they deleted my message or no longer check it.


Any help will do, as the ISP website was very little help.


I am accepted to go to the academy for this position, pending passing a psych test on the 23rd.

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Rate This | Posted about 6 years ago

 

We have a type of Police like that as well. They work under the State Police, but I don't think they have full arrest powers all in the State. Just around State offices and stuff like that.


I love each day like its my last! Why do we are have to be so serious?

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Rate This | Posted about 6 years ago

 

CHP has something very similar, it's called OCAPS (Office of Capitol Protection. They're CHP officers but they're only responsible for the Capitol and Gov. buildings around the Capitol.

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

In Illinois here the Secretary of State Police patrols the capitol grounds, not the Illinois state police. SOS police also have offices throughout illinois where they mostly enforce various vehicle and business codes. They even have a plain clothes detail that checks clubs and bars in downtown chicago looking for places serving underage patrons. Pretty Funny. They have full state authority.

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

In Tenn, we have a Capitol Police, which falls under the Dept of Safety.  They are certified officers which have gone through the state's basic academy.  This group is slowing being phased out (down to four officers) and being replaced by State Troopers.  It is a fully staffed detail with a LT, 2 SGT, several Troopers and two Explosives K-9s.  We are responsible for the State Capitol, Legislative Plaza (where Reps/Sen offices are located) and 12 other surrounding state office bldgs, including TN Supreme Ct, and AG's Office.) 

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

Georgia's Capitol Police Division is a component of the Georgia State Patrol.  In 2001, while I was the Division Director, the Georgia AG's Office confirmed the jurisdiction was statewide not limited to State owned or leased property.  When I left in 2008, the Department had stated internally their jurisdiciton was only on state owned or leased property.  The Capitol Police Division was inherited in 2001 from the Georgia Building Authority which managed the state owned properties on or near the State Capitol Campus.


The current Division Director is Captain Ronnie Rhodes.  He can be reached at 404-656-4831.  His email address is: RRhodes@GSP.net.


Captain Al Wilson, GSP, Retired

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

Wow, wasn't expecting to see this thread again...


Our Capitol Police "patrols" the state owned properties: Statehouse, 2 government buildings, parking garages for those buildings, governor's residence (which is not lived in), state park and Indy Zoo grounds, and Indiana War Memorial grounds (which was taken over from Indiana War Memorial Commission). We are certified officers with state wide powers, BUT- first shift stands at doors all day (no vehicle patrols allowed), second shift has door duty for half shift then has car patrol for other half, third shift has an officer or 2 in car patrol the other officer or 2 has foot patrol.


Up at governor's residence, we sit in a guard shack watching an unoccupied house.


At War Memorial, we sit at front desk. While Meseum is open, we are not allowed to leave the desk, when it is closed, we make sure the maniquins have their plastic guns pointed at the walkways


I talked with a Sgt from the troopers side who works the downtown district. i first saw him 3 months ago for mandatory training. when i talked to him couple days ago, he said he nad no clue who we were or what we did until a news station did a report on vehicle break ins on zoo property. funny thing is- troopers either have no clue who we are, or have a negative impression of us.

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

Yes, I understand.  As a trooper I was the only part of the Division that our troopers recognized or understood.  This was a constant source of aggravation because the police officers resented the lack of recognition.


The Division patrols the buildings, grounds, adjacent roadways, and parking lots; define and manage security policies and procedures; manage public demonstrations and gatherings on the grounds.  They conduct criminal and accident investigations; security assessments, personal safety training programs for state employees, plan organize and document emergency response plans for state employees and drill response scenarios; they are first responders for active shooter on campus and write numerouss traffic tickets.


We work with event organizers for larger public events on campus coordinating emergency services, bomb squads, local police involvement, barricade plans, counter demonstration security, and a whole host of other law enforcement and security tasks.


Before we took over in 2001, the police officers did very little, made nothing, got little or no special training (or support), and spent a great deal of time backing up from almost everything they should have been doing.


When I left in 2008 they had earned a lot of respect from the locals and were called on to participate in cooperative training exercises.  Troopers still did not understand who they were or what they did.  That is changin now that about 50 troopers have been assigned to the Division to work alongside the police officers.


Capain Al WIlson, GSP, Retired

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Rate This | Posted almost 5 years ago

 

AMWilsonIII says ...



the jurisdiction was statewide not limited to State owned or leased property.  When I left in 2008, the Department had stated internally their jurisdiciton was only on state owned or leased property.  



Similar situation where I work. 


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