Indianapolis museum fires security force-hires reserve police officers www.privateofficer.com
Indianapolis IN Sept 29 2010 The Indianapolis Museum of Art is turning to reserve police officers and college students in a new strategy for security and customer service.
As part of an overhaul estimated to save $600,000 annually, the museum fired 33 full-time and 23 part-time employees today.
Spokeswoman Katie Zarich said the revised structure features a 14-member campus police force and 100 IUPUI students participating in a work-study program.
Trained by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the Marion County Sheriff’s Department and communities in Hamilton, Boone, Madison and Randolph counties, the reserve police officers will emphasize safety at the new Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park and campus parking lots, where more than 40 break-ins have been reported since Jan. 1.
The IUPUI students, designated as “visitor assistants” stationed in museum galleries, will be paid $10 per hour. The museum will pay 25 percent of that figure, with the balance covered by federal funding.
The average rate for previous part-time gallery attendants was $11.50 per hour.