A former detective with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is running for Marion County Sheriff.

Bill Benjamin filed paperwork Friday to run for the office.

According to a news release, Benjamin says he is concerned about the rising violent crime in Indianapolis, as well as conditions at the Marion County Jail when it comes to inmates mental health and suicides.

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“Reclaiming togetherness and professionalism is vital to the operation of any sheriff’s department. The connection deputies have to each other and protecting Marion County requires I assure fair salaries and benefits for all MCSO employees,” Benjamin states. “We also must assure every inmate is treated humanely while in custody.” Concerned about the number of suicides of Marion County Jail inmates, Benjamin expresses his commitment to serving any mental health needs of the inmates while in custody.  Marion County has the largest Sex Offender Registry in the state and I will work with our Prosecutor to assure we protect our children and communities by charging those who fail to properly register or change their address.”

Benjamin served 28 years with IMPD and currently serves as Director of Security for Tindley Schools.

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