End of an era: Longtime IMPD officer retires

Posted at 6:15 AM, May 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-13 06:15:13-04

It's the end of an era -- perhaps several eras.

One of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department's longest-serving officers is calling it quits after a 53-year career as both a sworn officer and as a reserve.

The department held a reception for Lt. William "Bubba" Meyers Thursday on the city's east district.

He retired after 39 years as a sworn officer, then rejoined the department as an unpaid reserve.

He was shot once on duty and also run over by a truck.

But he says the highlight occurred early in his career during the 1960s, a period of civil unrest.

"Indianapolis had a lot of communication with the public," he said. "We made a lot of headway. We were the only city in the country that didn't erupt in race riots because of the cooperation between the community and law enforcement."

Meyers may have retired from the department, but he's still active with nearly 100 church groups trying to promote a "Stop the Violence" campaign.