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Former Indianapolis PD Chief James Toler dies

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Posted at 1:50 PM, Jun 05, 2024

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is mourning the loss of a former police chief.

James D. Toler, who served as Chief of the Indianapolis Police Department from 1992-95, died recently.

Toler was the first African-American Chief in the history of the IPD.

“Chief Toler was a trailblazer whose dedication to strong police-community relations and improved internal processes have left a lasting impact on our community and department. His legacy of service will continue to inspire us all. He will certainly be missed,” said current IMPD Chief Chris Bailey.

IPD became IMPD in 2007 when they consolidated with the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

In 2021, former Chief Randal Taylor and Chief Bailey took part in a ceremony that recognized Chief Toler’s years of service.

The IMPD Chief’s conference room in his named after Toler.

IMPD announced a public viewing for Toler will be held Sunday, June 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Crown Hill Funeral Home, located at 700 W. 38th St.

A second viewing will be held Monday, June 17 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Light of the World Christian Church, located at 4646 N. Michigan Rd. The funeral will immediately follow.

He will be laid to rest in Crown Hill Cemetery, Heroes of Public Safety Section.