Chief Rick Shipp
I would like to take a moment to introduce myself, to explain my beliefs and qualifications. Born and raised in Johnson County and was a 1973 graduate of the Whiteland Community High School. Brenda, my wife of 37 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, 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 and community.
I firmly believe that my 30+ 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 has given me the opportunity to attend various schools in areas of hostage situations, advance accident investigations, instructor development class giving 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, 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 department, encouraging teamwork and camaraderie while building moral.