This month we continue our effort to highlight some of our local IMPD North District officers on our website and in our email newsletter.
While these officers are heroes who put their lives on the line for us every day, they’re also humans with their own feelings, emotions, and families to think about.
We hope this helps our neighbors get to know some of our officers and better understand the people behind the badge.
Name: Officer Henry Turner
Years on IMPD: Begins Year 5 on December 17
Current shift/beat (general area): North District, Middle Shift, ND71 or ND72 area would be 86th Street North up to 96th. East is Geist area.
How long have you been on North? What roles have you held and what roles do you see yourself doing in the future?
I began my law enforcement career with MCSD 14 years ago prior to joining IMPD in 2017. Since completing the IMPD training academy, my primary assignment has been North District patrol. Training has always been a priority for me. I try to take advantage of any available training opportunities that will help me to grow in my law enforcement career. I have always been drawn to leadership positions and my immediate goal is preparing myself to one day become a sergeant within the department.
What led you to become a police officer?
I grew up in the southwest urban area of the City of Chicago. As a child, I was exposed to high amounts of crime in my community. This inspired me to want to become a police officer with the intent to help reduce crime, make a positive impact, and reduce children’s exposure to criminal and other negative behaviors.
What’s the best/worst part of the job?
Being a police officer provides an opportunity to help people make better life choices and help problem solve. The worst part is not being able to help everyone. You can give people all the resources and advice in the world, but you cannot make them use them.
What’s one thing you wish the average person knew about policing?
I wish the average person knew that this job is not easy. We are constantly training to improve ourselves as a department and individually so we can give the community our best.
What’s your favorite place, restaurant, store, park, etc. in the district?
I do not have a favorite spot in particular, but I can say that North District does have a lot of options for restaurants, stores, and close to the Monon Trail for those who enjoy the scenic outdoor areas.
What’s one thing we can do to make our neighborhood safer?
Communication anywhere is key. Start having a monthly or quarterly community meeting to discuss issues within the community and help to provide solutions to those issues. Individually, utilizing alarm systems and home surveillance systems is helpful.
What are your favorite snacks to see in the substation?
Healthy options such as fruits, vegetables, and protein bars.