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It is with profound sadness that the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department announces the passing of Deputy Chief of Investigations James (Jim) Waters. He was 48. Chief Waters passed away this afternoon at approximately 2:20 P.M. at IU Health Methodist Hospital while receiving treatment for injuries sustained from an auto accident that occurred on the interstate on Sunday, July 23, 2017. Chief Waters was off-duty at the time of the accident and in his city-assigned police car.


Chief Waters honorably served the City of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department for nearly 30 years, first as a civilian employee and then as a sworn officer. During his career, Chief Waters served in a variety of roles that included Commander of East District (2011-2014), Assistant Chief (2014-2017), and most recently, Deputy Chief of Investigations – an appointment by Chief Bryan Roach in January of this year.


“Jim has served with nobility, dignity, honor, and courage,” said Chief Roach. “Jim comes from a long family lineage of courageous law enforcement leaders. His presence will surely be missed, but his distinguished career and service to this community will be forever remembered.”


Chief Waters’ many accolades include the Medal of Bravery, the Mayor’s Community Service Award, and a Certificate of Commendation from the Red Cross Hall of Fame.


Chief Waters leaves to cherish in his memory his wife, Sherry Waters, and two children, James Waters III and Ashley (Waters) Biddy. Chief Waters also leaves behind his brother Sergeant Timothy (Tim) Waters, who serves in Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Covert Operations, and father, James Waters Sr., who served with the Indianapolis Police Department for nearly 23 years. Chief Waters’ younger brother, Mitchell (Mitch) Waters, served the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department for 20 years and proceeded him in death in 2013.


The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department asks for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult, painful, and heartbreaking time. Chief Waters’ family, as well as his IMPD family, acknowledge and appreciate all the expressions of sympathy and compassion that have been received. As the family begins to make final preparations for the Chief’s funeral services, we ask that members of the media respect the family’s privacy and do not contact them directly; the Media Relations Office will make further announcements when information is available. Anyone who wishes to send cards, flowers, or other expressions of condolences, are asked to please send them to the IMPD Chaplin’s Office: 50 N Alabama St, Suite T-120 46204.

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