Interim Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Chief Rick Hite has received a waiver from state authorities to avoid basic police training and start working on his Indiana police certification.
The Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board examined Hite’s police training records from Maryland and found Monday that he met the basic requirements to be a police officer in Indiana.
Hite now has one year to pass tests in criminal and traffic law, firearms proficiency and EMS training.
"I would like to extend a thank you to city administrators, citizens, and departmental personnel for their steadfast support during this time. I now look forward to completing the remainder of the process," said IMPD Chief Rick Hite
Though he is not an Indiana police officer, Hite has shared authority over IMPD since April.
Mayor Greg Ballard tells Fox59 News that Hite is his odds-on-favorite to be named fulltime chief by incoming Public Safety Director Troy Riggs.