INDIANAPOLIS - Marion County Director of Public Safety Troy Riggs and Indianapolis Metro Police Chief Rick Hite met behind closed doors with police recruits Monday as the city reels from the loss of a veteran police officer.
Riggs and Hite discussed the July 5 killing of Officer Perry Renn, who died after a shootout late Saturday night.
City leaders talked with recruits about how Renn put his life on the line for the community when he responded shots fired call at 34th Street and Forest Manor Avenue.
The discussion turned to what happened when Renn encountered Major Davis Jr., who was critically injured in the shootout and faces a murder charge.
Riggs said he and Hite talked about the effect the shooting has on recruits and their families.
"In a private meeting that I had with them when we first hired these individuals, I told them that this is the reality of the job, that this could happen," Riggs said. "They needed to be ready for this very moment, and I reminded them of that today and also challenged them. I said as I did the first time if they weren't ready for this challenge, if they weren't ready to lay their life on the line for the safety of others, that they needed to find another profession. We've had none leave."
Hite said he walked away from the meeting with a renewed faith that the recruits will be able to handle the job and the worst of what they will encounter on the street.
"I saw more resolve in their eyes. I saw more commitment to recognize that this is real. This is important," Hite said.
Riggs and Hite told recruits that services are available to them and thanked them for their willingness to provide service to the community.