The Indiana State Police Bremen Post is under the charge of a new commander. Police Superintendent Douglas Carter recently announced the promotion of Sgt. Chad Larsh to the rank of lieutenant, putting him at the head of the Bremen Post covering Marshall, Kosciusko, St. Joseph, and Elkhart counties. Larsh earned this promotion through written testing and a competitive interview process.
Larsh, a native of La Fontaine, graduated from Southwood High School in Wabash before earning his Associate’s Degree in Industrial Drafting from Vincennes University in 1992. After college, he worked for Zimmer in Warsaw before joining the state police. He is now an 18-year veteran of the department.
During his tenure with the department, Lt. Larsh worked as a trooper in Kosciusko County before becoming the district marijuana eradication coordinator in 1999. On top of that, he was also a member of the ISP SWAT for more than 12 years, earning third place in the Super SWAT Cop category at the Carmel SWAT Challenge in 2006. In 2009, Larsh was awarded the Life Award for the Bremen Post, an award given out to a trooper at each district that makes the most DUI arrests. Larsh made 50 driving under the influence arrests in 2008.
As if his work with the state police isn’t enough to keep him busy, Larsh also has a fixed-wing pilot’s license and a helicopter license. Larsh has also been following in his father’s footsteps; Duane Larsh retired from the state police post in Peru after 21 years of service in 1986. Larsh’s father-in-law, Melvin Keplinger, is also a retiree from the ISP and served as a detective sergeant, retiring after 28 years of service in 1991.
Chad Larsh lives in Warsaw with his wife Michelle and their two boys Tristan and Keagan.