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Mayor Chambers Voices Concerns over SWAT Mutual Aid Agreement

City_of_Knox_LogoKnox Mayor Rick Chambers told the Knox City Council members last week about some concerns he has with a proposed SWAT mutual aid agreement between Knox City Police Department officer Chad Dulin and Pulaski County.

Chambers noted that SWAT is a worthwhile program and would be great training for the rest of the city officers. It would also benefit to the community when there is a need. However, Mayor Chambers does have concerns with personnel availability and shift coverage if Dulin is called to active assignment.  He’s working on those issues before an agreement is brought before the council for final approval.

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Pulaski County Commissioners Offer Comment on Military Vehicle Use

Pulaski County Commissioners Larry Brady, Terry Young and Tracey Shorter

Pulaski County Commissioners Larry Brady, Terry Young and Tracey Shorter

The Pulaski County Commissioners were asked by a citizen to address their thoughts on the use and ownership of military vehicles in the county. That update was given at the commissioner’s meeting Monday night.

EMA Director Larry Hoover was present and stated that there were no dollars spent to get these vehicles. The only money spent was for manpower and fuel to get the vehicles and bring them to Pulaski County. As Sheriff Michael Gayer explained to the Pulaski County Council members last week, fuel was spent out of his budget and no additional tax money was used in the acquisition of the military vehicles.

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Pulaski County Council Discusses Military Vehicles

The Pulaski County Council discussed Monday night, at length, the number of military vehicles in possession in the county and their use.

Sheriff Michael Gayer was asked about the county highway department’s use of dump trucks acquired from the military. Sheriff Gayer said it’s not illegal for the county highway to use those trucks after two years of acquisition.

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Pulaski County Council Approves Money Transfer for K9s

Deputy Travis Clark with K-9 "Gil" (L) and  K-9 Deputy Ryan Austin with K-9 "Terror"

Deputy Travis Clark with K-9 “Gil” (L) and K-9 Deputy Ryan Austin with K-9 “Terror”

The Pulaski County Council approved, by a majority vote of 6 to 1, Sheriff Michael Gayer’s request to transfer funds to pay for the two K9s at a cost of $25,165.38.

The payment of the K9s had to be done a different way than initially proposed but Auditor Shelia Garling, the sheriff and representatives from the State Board of accounts told the council that they could take the money out of the user fee of the law enforcement continuous education fund to the continuing education fund.

The dogs are in service with one officer and K9 working the day shift and the other officer and the K9on the night shift to give 24 hours of continuing coverage.

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Roofing Repairs to be Done at Pulaski County Justice Center

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

Pulaski County Justice Center

The Pulaski County Commissioners learned Monday night that the roofing repairs at the Justice Center are moving forward.

Commission President Larry Brady said it’s been a year since a hail storm created the damage.

“We’re moving forward with finalizing the cost of the roofing repairs,” explained Brady. “The adjustors had to work it out with the insurance agents and everything seems to be moving forward. It’s at a slow pace but yet moving forward.”

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Pulaski County K9 Officers on the Job

Deputy Travis Clark with K-9 "Gil" (L) and  K-9 Deputy Ryan Austin with K-9 "Terror"

Deputy Travis Clark with K-9 “Gil” (L) and K-9 Deputy Ryan Austin with K-9 “Terror”

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department has two new K9 officers and they’ve already been out in the field, according to Sheriff Michael Gayer.

The pair, Travis Clark and Ryan Austin plus their K9 partners, recently graduated from a six-week training course and are being called out on a regular basis.

“They deploy the K9s just about on every traffic stop that they’re involved in,” said Sheriff Gayer. “They’ve also been called out by other agencies around us requesting K9 support.”

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Use Common Sense When Celebrating This Graduation Season

Graduation season is upon us.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer says it’s easy to get caught up in celebrations and make poor decisions when getting behind the wheel of a car.

“Sometimes that excitement gets out of hand and it leads to traffic accidents, people being arrested for alcohol abuse at parties and things like that,” said Sheriff Gayer. “We would just encourage all of the seniors graduating that they exercise due caution in their celebrations.”

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Three Arrested after Standoff with Police in Pulaski County

 Three people were arrested after a stand off with several members of law enforcement in Pulaski County Thursday night.

James Anthony Miller, 48, failed to return to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department after working at a local business as part of work release. The sheriff’s department was notified of Miller’s whereabouts at a residence north of Medaryville on U.S. 421. Two officers approached the house on foot in the dark and they could clearly see Miller, and two other people wanted on warrants inside the home.

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Pulaski County Officers Investigate Shooting Incident in Francesville

Barry Danford

Barry Danford

A suspect remains at large after a shooting incident in Francesville prior to midnight Thursday.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer stated that the 911 Dispatch Center received a call from 55-year-old Rhonda Danford of Daviess County that she had been shot by her husband 31-year-old Barry Danford, also of Daviess County at a Francesville residence.

Emergency personnel arrived at the Francesville home and found that Rhonda Danford suffered a single non-life threatening gunshot wound to the arm during a domestic situation. She was transported to Pulaski Memorial Hospital.

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Memorial Service Held at Pulaski County Justice Center

A memorial service was held Tuesday afternoon at the Pulaski County Justice Center to remember the lives of three officers who were killed in the line of duty: Sheriff Charles Henry Oglesby who was shot and killed on Oct. 5, 1907, Sheriff Milo “Mike” Lewis who was shot and killed on Oct. 11, 1967 and Deputy Sheriff Shadron Kiley “Shad” Bassett who was killed in a single vehicle accident while responding to a call on Oct. 7, 2005.

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Memorial Service at Pulaski County Justice Center Today

A memorial service is planned today at the Pulaski County Justice Center for the Pulaski County officers who died in the line of duty.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer and the entire staff will be in front of the Justice Center where the three officers will be memorialized. Sheriff Charles Henry Oglesby was shot and killed on Oct. 5, 1907; Sheriff Milo “Mike” Lewis was shot and killed on Oct. 11, 1967 and Deputy Sheriff Shadron Kiley “Shad” Bassett was killed in an automobile crash while responding to a call on Oct. 7, 2005.

Everyone is invited to the service which is scheduled at noon ET. A dinner for the families of the honored officers will be provided.

This Week is National Correctional Officers Week

In recognition of correctional officers for their professionalism, hard work, dedication and efforts in protecting those in their custody and the public’s safety, May 5–11 has been proclaimed National Correctional Officers’ Week. Because the corrections profession is one of those most challenging and noble professions one can choose to pursue, the week is set aside to recognize the valiant efforts of correctional officers in making their communities a better place.

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National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week Showcases Dispatchers

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

When you have an emergency and call 911, the first person you talk to is an emergency dispatcher. This week we are saluting all of those who assist the public in the case of an emergency and who can communicate to all personnel in the case of an emergency. It’s National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer said the dispatchers are the most important people in an emergency situation.

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Firearm Permitting Process Not Sitting Well with Indiana Sheriff’s Association

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

The way the permitting process is done for firearm permits is changing and Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer says it will inconvenience the residents.

In an effort to go paperless, beginning in May the Indiana State Police is requiring fingerprinting to be done at a specific location that has a live scan machine to electronically scan fingerprints. These locations are set up throughout the state where a sheriff’s department is not involved in that part of the process. When complete, the fingerprints will electronically be sent to the state via the internet.

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Active Shooter Training Set for Saturday at Monterey Elementary School

An active shooter training exercise is planned for tomorrow (Saturday) at Monterey Elementary School.

Beginning at approximately 8:30 a.m. ET, personnel from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, EMS, Pulaski County fire departments, Pulaski County Health Department, Indiana State Excise Police, State Police, Department of Natural Resources, and Department of Homeland Security will be participating in a scenario to coordinate efforts in the case of an active shooter situation at a school or business.

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Indiana’s Sheriffs Respond to Gun Control Issue

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

With the increase in focus on gun control, the Indiana Sheriff’s Association recently issued a statement regarding the controversial topic. The statement explained that while the debate over guns and gun control stirs strong feelings throughout the country, Indiana’s sheriffs have taken an oath to uphold the Constitution and remain focused on solutions while not accepting any concept that would separate law-abiding citizens from their second amendment rights without due process.

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Scholarships Available for Criminal Justice Majors

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

The Indiana Sheriff’s Association is awarding college scholarships to qualified high school seniors or college students who are pursuing a degree in criminal justice studies. Forty $500 scholarships will be awarded to qualified students throughout the state.

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen and Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer have applications in their offices or you may pick up an application in the Guidance office in your school. Applications must be received by April 1.

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Gun Permit Requests Skyrocket in Pulaski County

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

The number of gun permits has risen in Pulaski County since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Dec. 14.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer said the staff had been processing five gun permits a week and now five permits a day are being processed. Lifetime permits are being issued more frequently since the right to bear arms has come into the news since the school shooting.

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Pulaski County Jail Benefiting From DOC Housing

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

The ability to house Department of Correction inmates at the Pulaski County Jail has proven to be a cost effective move since the practice began a few years ago.

The jail was built to house 127 inmates and when Sheriff Gayer first took office in January 2007, he was thinking of ways to bring in money to the county and thought that housing DOC inmates would bring in money to the county’s General Fund. The administration contacted the DOC about the possibility and Gayer said they started filling up the facility with DOC inmates.

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Pulaski County Sheriff Discusses Police Entry Law

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Governor Mitch Daniels recently signed into law Senate Enrolled Act 1 which specifies that a person may use reasonable force against any other person in certain circumstances, including police officers.

You may prevent or terminate an officer’s unlawful entry into your home or the officer’s criminal interference with property lawfully in the person’s possession. Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer says there are a few instances were police entry is justified.

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