Probationary Indianapolis Police Officer Terminated After Being Stopped With Marijuana at Traffic Stop

INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Chief Randal Taylor announced today the termination of a probationary officer following a Hamilton County traffic stop and subsequent criminal investigation.

Chief Randal Taylor terminated Probationary Officer Andre Gude on 2/1/2021 following a summons arrest in Hamilton County for reckless driving, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia. Zionsville Police Department authorities alerted the IMPD of the summons arrest.

Gude had been with the department for one year and was assigned to Northwest District Middle Shift. Gude was still under probationary status which allowed Chief Taylor to terminate his employment, effective immediately.

“IMPD officers are held to the highest standards, not only by myself and the department, but more importantly by those we work for – the people of Indianapolis. And we are committed to transparency with our community,” said Chief Taylor. “It is my hope that promptly holding this individual accountable allows the more than 1,700 dedicated men and women who serve our neighborhoods every day to remain focused on our shared goals of building trust and reducing violence.”