IMPD Chief Taylor terminates probationary officer following arrest

INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Chief Randal Taylor announced today the termination of a probationary officer following a Hamilton County traffic stop and subsequent criminal investigation.

Chief Randal Taylor terminated Probationary Officer Andre Gude on 2/1/2021 following a summons arrest in Hamilton County for reckless driving, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia. Zionsville Police Department authorities alerted the IMPD of the summons arrest.

Gude had been with the department for one year and was assigned to Northwest District Middle Shift. Gude was still under probationary status which allowed Chief Taylor to terminate his employment, effective immediately. 

“IMPD officers are held to the highest standards, not only by myself and the department, but more importantly by those we work for – the people of Indianapolis. And we are committed to transparency with our community,” said Chief Taylor. “It is my hope that promptly holding this individual accountable allows the more than 1,700 dedicated men and women who serve our neighborhoods every day to remain focused on our shared goals of building trust and reducing violence.”

IMPD continues to urge anyone with information on criminal activity to call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317.262.8477 or (TIPS).  Citizens can also download the mobile P3tips app for Apple or Android phones to submit a mobile tip, or go to www.CrimeTips.org to submit a web tip. You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000 if the information leads to a felony arrest.  Only tips submitted directly and anonymously to Crime Stoppers are eligible for these cash rewards.

A charge of a crime is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

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