John Walton - Indianapolis Metro Police Department Captain
TOPIC: The Importance of Diversity in Policing
As a young child, Captain John Walton enjoyed imagining that he was a crime fighting super-hero. The concept of justice for all resonated into adulthood. An Indianapolis native, Captain Walton has served the City of Indianapolis for 36 years as a member of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and has received numerous promotions, awards, accommodations, and medals including the Medal of Bravery. In 2016, Captain Walton was the first African American promoted to the rank of Captain in over ten years. In 2017, Captain Walton was selected as the Director of Diversity & Inclusion for IMPD with the mission to enhance equity and inclusion within the department. Captain Walton volunteers as a head coach in the Washington Township Football League and views mentoring and serving as a role model to young people as one as his greatest achievements.
In this interactive presentation, Captain Walton will go into greater detail why it is important to have a diverse police force and some of the obstacles and challenges facing police agencies today. In addition, he will discuss viable solutions that can help police agencies become more diverse and increase exclusivity. Finally, he will discuss the important role and impact that citizens can have in helping police departments achieve greater diversity.