|1886-1964||Thomas Wood||1964-1997||Otto Lewis|
|Joe Dorrell||1997-1998||Gene Pettijohn|
|John Barmun||1998-2003||Louis Phillips|
|Frankl Wilkins||January 2003-November 2003 (interim)||Chris Mattison|
|Jake Wright||November 2003-February 2005||Joe Pitcher|
|Samuel Benefield||February 2005-June 2005 (interim)||Jason Davis|
|J.B. White||June 2005-March 2012||Gary Neeman|
|George Horner||March 2012-May 2012 (interim)||Dave Lowe|
|N.R. Tracy||May 2012-Present||Ricky Shipp|
|P. T. Brown|
The Whiteland Police Department exists to serve our community in a variety of ways and to maintain acceptable social order. Specifically, our purpose is to encourage a spirit of cooperation, respect, fairness and compassion within the community.
We are committed to provide our Town with community-oriented law enforcement to protect life and property, by providing a “commitment to excellence” to the citizens and visitors of Whiteland.
The members of the Whiteland Police Department are dedicated to providing the highest quality police services in order to enhance community safety, protect life & property, and to reduce crime & the fear of crime.
To the end, we pledge to develop a partnership with the community, lead a community, commitment to resolve problems, improve the safety & quality of life in our town by identifying and resolving public safety concerns. We further pledge to build and maintain the public trust by holding ourselves to the highest standards of professionalism in our job performance and ethics.
Joe Saylor, President Laura Fleury Brad Goedeker
Richard Hill, Vice President David Hawkins
The Whiteland Police Department has evolved from a one-man full time force with on-call Reserve Officers in 1996 to the thirteen full-time Officers & two Reserve Officers force that exists today.
2022: Kenny Polley and Chris Wilcher
2017: Jared Donica
2016: Brian Smith and Chris Speer
2015: Derek Cox and Tyler Croy
Otto Lewis Outstanding Law
Enforcement Officer of the Year Award
2022: Chris Wilcher
2021: Brian Webb
2020: Scott Doss and Vader
2019: Derek Cox
2018: Brian Smith
2017: Todd Pershing
2016: Rick Shipp
2015: Tyler Croy
Whiteland Police Department Employee MVP Award
2022: Julia Meece
Whiteland Police Department Employee of the Year Award
2016: Roberta Groves
One Chief of Police One Administrative Assistant Two Reserve Officers
Two Sergeants (ten authorized by ordinance)
Eight Police Officers
The Town Council has set a policy, through the
adoption of the Department Mission Statement;
mandating community based policing, specifically
with a “hometown” atmosphere in mind.
Further, due to the limited number of Town
employees, our officers are occasionally called
upon to handle situations that may not typically
fall within the purview of urban police officers. However, this is the “policing atmosphere” our citizens expect from our Police Department. Thus, we strive to truly be a full service agency.
I would like to take a moment to introduce myself, to explain my beliefs,
and my qualifications. Born and raised in Johnson County and I am a
1973 graduate of the Whiteland Community High School. Brenda, my
wife of 46 years, and I have raised our two sons in the Whiteland area,
with both of them also graduating from Whiteland Community High School.
I believe that law enforcement's first duty is to protect and serve while
giving the best protection while maintaining the safety of families and
their personal property. I am a strong believer of family values. Responsible
family values being taught at home is irreplaceable, however law
enforcement can assist families by being a positive presence in the schools
I firmly believe that my 39 years in law enforcement has given me the
experience to lead the Whiteland Police Department. Serving in the areas
of SWAT, accident investigation, and the training of new police officers. This
work provided me the opportunity to attend various schools in areas of hostage situations, advance accident investigations, instructor development class, and gave me good tools to utilize in my career as a law enforcement officer. My experience has allowed me to obtain the knowledge in areas such as management, budgets, personnel, and public relations while demonstrating good leadership in all areas.
My years in law enforcement have allowed me to see the challenges officers face while serving growing communities and that quality leadership is a necessity. I stand firmly committed in the demonstration of leadership, while at the same time, building professionalism within the department. I can assure you that I am an honest man that will take a simple and direct approach to law enforcement. One who will serve with passion and dedication while holding on to the small town family values that our community needs .
My professional objective would be to increase community involvement, increase public relations between the officers and the community, maintain the police department within a responsible and conservative budget, develop a good working relationship with other emergency response agencies to better protect and serve the community and unify the departments, and encouraging teamwork and camaraderie while building moral.