Annual Report - Elkhart County Sheriff's Department

Annual Report - Elkhart County Sheriff's Department


Annual Report


Elkhart County

Sheriff’s Department



Since 1830, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department has committed

resources in partnership with the community to promote these goals,

ensuring to the best of our ability the place where we live is safe and

without fear of crime.

Service: We will provide quality service in a courteous, efficient and

accessible manner. We will foster community and employee

involvement with problem-solving partnerships.

Integrity: We always will be committed to achieving the highest

standards of performance, ethical conduct, and truthfulness. We will

be accountable for our actions and take pride in being professional and

fair to all.

Respect: We will treat all people in a dignified and courteous manner,

exhibiting when needed an understanding of ethnic and cultural

diversity. We believe in and guarantee the principles and values

embodied in the constitutions of the United States and the state of



Administrative Team----------------------------3


Community Events-------------------------------5

Administration Review-----------------------6

Patrol Review------------------------------------------7

Investigations Review--------------------------8

Corrections Review------------------------------9

Demographic Statistics-----------------------10

Chaplain Corps-------------------------------------11

New Technology & Cars-------------------12

Letter from Sheriff-------------------------------13

Fairness: We will treat all people impartially and with compassion. We

will be responsive to each other and the community we serve.


Administrative Team

Undersheriff Sean Holmes, Detective Capt. Jeff Siegel, Corrections Capt. Norma Albert

Patrol Capt. Michael Culp, Sheriff Brad Rogers, Administrative Capt. Jim Bradberry


The Sheriff is the chief executive of

the agency. The sheriff, elected

every four years, works with the

merit board on personnel and

pension issues, and with fellow

elected officials on fiscal matters,

such as the annual budget.

The undersheriff is the chief deputy

and manages day-to-day operations

of each division and oversees the

vehicle fleet and legal compliance.

Four divisions within the

department, each led by a captain,

work together to achieve the goals

established by the Sheriff and the

requirements set by state law.

Administrative Services: The division looks after recruitment,

hiring, storing criminal and crash records, citations, processing

gun permits, handles the department’s civil responsibilities on

court process, income tax warrants and foreclosures.

Patrol: The men and women in uniform, who respond to

emergency calls, take case reports, write citations, and investigate

traffic crashes. Officers also work with residents on community

policing initiatives geared to improve quality of life by limiting the

incidence of criminal mischief, vandalism and theft.

Investigations: Officers assigned to the detective bureau gather

physical evidence, collect information at crime scenes, and

conduct interviews with victims, witnesses and suspects.

Detectives work closely with prosecutors and other agencies to

insure crimes are resolved in the best manner possible.

Corrections: Limited deputies make certain prisoners housed in

Elkhart County are treated respectfully; get to court on time for

appearances and get to see loved ones and counsel during visits.



On November 19, 2011, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department was awarded, for the eighth time, its accreditation

award by meeting all the requirements of a highly regarded and broadly recognized body of Law Enforcement

Accreditation standards. During the awards ceremony, the Sheriff’s Department received a second award for

Accreditation with Excellence. The Excellence Award created by the Commission On Accreditation For Law

Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) is a symbolic incentive for agencies to employ CALEA Accreditation in a manner

that sets the benchmark for public safety professionalism. The award is structured for the recognition of agencies

that have met the following criteria:

Excellence in the development and implementation of contemporary policies and procedures.

Excellence in the ability to use the CALEA Accreditation process as a tool for continuous organizational


Excellence in the collection, review, and analysis of organizational data for the purpose of public safety.

Excellence in addressing the intent of CALEA standards, beyond compliance.

Organizational culture supportive of CALEA Accreditation.

Standards compliance and accreditation process success.

The title of Excellence is attached to our CALEA Accreditation status for a period of three years. The employees of

the Sheriff’s Department have clearly demonstrated a commitment to professionalism and CALEA Accreditation

has undoubtedly become an institutionalized management model for ECSD.

Our Law Enforcement Accreditation represents the satisfactory completion of a continuous process of thorough

department wide self-evaluation, concluded by an outside review by a team of independent assessors. It also

represents our ongoing acceptance of the obligation to continue the quest for professional excellence by working

toward fulfillment of future standards promulgated by the Commission on Accreditation that may be applicable to

the Sheriff’s Department.


Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department

in the Community

This is not the complete list of events in the community the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department was involved in throughout the year 2011, but a few highlighted.

Shop With a Cop: This year, officers from Elkhart

County Sheriff’s Department participated in the Shop-With-

A-Cop event, an event that benefits children from families

in need. The police officers pick up the children from their

residence and take them shopping for anything they would

like, and end the night with a pizza party.

Bike Safety Events: Throughout the year, the Bike

Patrol Unit remained busy with informing the public at

specific event details including: Jefferson Elementary Fit

Night Program (Bicycle safety and Fitness); Concord

Township Community Event for Distracted Driving;

Goshen First Fridays; Elkhart County 4-H Fair and Kids’

Day; Sears National Safety Day (Bicycle Safety);

Nappanee Apple Festival; Fieldstone Crossing

Neighborhood Watch Event (Bicycle Safety) and New

Paris Town Garage Sale. The unit also patrols

neighborhoods and apartment complexes throughout the


Prescription Drug Drop-Off: Twice a year, in March

(collecting 515 lbs) and September (collecting 882 lbs), the

Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department collected old, unused

prescription drugs to be disposed off correctly without

contaminating the groundwater. The prescription drugs are

taken to South Bend Medical, where they properly dispose of

them. This is a tradition that will be continued in the year 2012.

Teen Driving Event: On July 7, 2011, the Elkhart County

Sheriff’s Department held a teen-driving event called Rule the Road

in conjunction with ICJI. This event targeted teens between the

age of 15-18, those close to obtaining, or having recently obtained

their drivers’ licenses. Rule the Road was a daylong event, and gave

teens the opportunity to learn skills needed to keep them safe

behind the wheel. Nearly 4 million new teens are licensed each

year, and half will be involved in a car crash before the age of 20.

Also, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15-

20 year olds. Therefore, the Rule the Road event was birthed to

better prepare teens and Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department

began implementing the program.




Year 2011 in Review


Court Process:

Paperwork generated by the courts

needs to be served by the Sheriff’s

department personnel daily. The

following statistics illustrates the volume

of paper arriving at the department

during 2011 (55,067 total).













Circuit ------------------------------------------------1777

Superior 1------------------------------------------2861

Superior 2------------------------------------------2623

Superior 3------------------------------------------1430

Superior 4------------------------------------------7727

Superior 5---------------------------------------11434

Superior 6---------------------------------------15010




Sheriff’s Sales:

Due to the recent nature of the real estate

market, the Department’s involvement

with foreclosed homes has become

increasingly important. Each month, the

Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department

holds an auction entitled Sheriff’s Sale.

These funds are then stimulated back into

the county. In the year 2011, the

Department handled 862 homes through

the Sheriff Sales, averaging at about 72

homes per month.

Administrative Duty:

The department receives many thank you

letters and calls within a year. ECSD also

receives complaints and grievances from the

public and employees of the Elkhart County

Sheriff’s Department. It is the

Administration division’s duty to respond to

these complaints and take action if necessary.

These are also tracked throughout the year.



Directed Complaint 2

Sustained 0

Not Sustained 1

Unfounded 1

Exonerated 0



Citizen Complaint 56

Sustained 0

Not Sustained 21

Unfounded 35

Exonerated 0



Year 2011 in Review


One of the highest priorities for patrolmen is to make Elkhart County’s roads safer. The

best way to measure progress is by crash counts and tickets written. This year brought a

significant reduction to the amount of crashes from last year. In 2011, Elkhart County

experienced 2,445 crashes; this is a decrease of 33% from the year before, having 3,434

crashes. This also meant a reduction in the amount of injuries faced due to car crashes

(from 638 injuries in 2010 to 556 injuries this year, 2011).

Month Crashes Injuries Deaths Tickets Warnings

January 313 22 0 518 440

February 257 35 1 601 665

March 168 22 1 875 1001

April 153 25 2 590 678

May 188 34 3 598 701

June 184 40 0 802 836

July 169 35 1 673 725

August 156 30 1 605 817

September 171 32 3 639 669

October 205 43 2 630 799

November 256 29 1 726 979

December 225 21 1 657 1091

Total 2445 368 16 7914 9401


For 2011, the Elkhart County Sheriff Reserves contributed 6752.75 hours of voluntary

service to the Sheriff’s Department, surrounding agencies and the community. They offer

their services in the areas of administration, the dive team, as FTOs, patrol, training, at

the fair, through meetings and at the jail.

this year.

Year End Crime Statistics:

All reserves completed state mandated training

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department responded to 78,412 calls for service.

Part I Crimes


Murder 1

Forcible Rape 13

Robbery 12

Battery 319

Burglary 467

Larceny-Theft 765

Motor Vehicle Theft 134



Year 2011

in Review


Detectives are responsible for determining

if a legitimate complaint exists. In

addition, they gather all pertinent

information that would lead to the

conviction of a suspect in a crime or

initiate cases based on criminal activity.

Detectives maintain reports of all actions

taken and represent the State of Indiana

and the victim of the crime in court. They

work with other agencies and the

prosecutor’s office on cases received from

patrol officers or through their own

contacts. They make recommendations to

the prosecutor’s office for criminal charges

and work on cases until all leads are


Month Crimes Arrests

January 374 57

February 378 69

March 489 60

April 492 63

May 565 49

June 516 66

July 593 86

August 612 72

September 522 81

October 538 97

November 567 103

December 463 112

Total 6,109 915

Type of Crime:

This is not an exhaustive list of the crimes

reported, rather a list of common and

crimes of note for the year.



Criminal Mischief----------------------------------369

Residential Burglary------------------------------320


Drug Possession--------------------------------------267

Domestic Violence--------------------------------243

Illegal Consumption-----------------------------173

Child Needing Services-----------------------157

Business Burglary-----------------------------------147


Death Investigation-------------------------------115


Drug Sale/Manufacture------------------------77


Invasion of Privacy----------------------------------76

Resisting Arrest-----------------------------------------59

Found Property-----------------------------------------58

Public Intoxication----------------------------------44

Child Molest----------------------------------------------43

Criminal Recklessness---------------------------39

False Informing----------------------------------------37

Residential Entry-------------------------------------28

Weapons Law Violation-----------------------20

Neglect of Dependent---------------------------19

Animal Cruelty----------------------------------------15


Missing Person-----------------------------------------12


Sexual Battery---------------------------------------------8


Sex Offender Registry:

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s

Department is required under Indiana

law to maintain the Sex and Violent

Offender Registry for Elkhart County.

Detective Holloman, with the

Investigation’s Division, is the Registry

Coordinator and oversees the

completion of registrations for

compliance with Indiana law and is

also responsible for updating

information on Elkhart County

registrants so that the information is

accessible to the general public. In

2011, ECSD completed nearly 1300

registrations. The average number of

offenders registering with the Elkhart

County Sheriff’s Department in 2011

was nearly 408 offenders; of those

nearly 25% were classified as being

Sexually Violent Predators (SVP), the

highest classification in the State of

Indiana. As required under law, the

Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department

conducted nearly 300 SVP house

checks, which must be done on each

SVP at least once every 90 days, and

232 house checks on non-SVP

offenders. In 2011, Detective

Holloman investigated 33 cases

involving non-compliant offenders and

of those, 31 were sent for charges.



Year 2011 in Review

Facility Populations:

The state-of-the-art building at C.R. 26 and C.R. 7

opened in 2007 with housing for 936. The population

varies daily, but an average of the occupants present is

kept. The average for the year 2011 was 858.25

occupants within the Corrections Facility.


Average Population

January 798

February 780

March 791

April 780

May 795

June 824

July 875

August 962

September 952

October 921

November 907

December 914

Year Average 858.25

Reentry Programs:

Especially in the 2011, the correctional facility has been

undergoing a paradigm shift from a “warehouse” of

inmates, to a place which affects change in the inmate’s

“heart and mind” to reduce recidivism. Programs that

have been implemented and are being strengthened are

evidence-based-programming like “Thinking for a

Change”, “Life After Incarceration”, ”Substance Abuse”,

and “Anger Management”. Due to the relative novelty of

the programs, an emphasis on training for the Corrections

staff has been reinforced to facilitate improved inmate

behavior management and risky situations such as

transports and court security. An emphasis on training

has been placed to better prepare correctional staff for

behavioral issues and risky situations.



The Elkhart County Sheriff Department is publishing the

statistics in regards to demographics. These charts include

information on the division of demographics per citation and

warning written.

The remaining charts include information

to the demographics of applicants and the applicants who

were hired. In 2011, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s

Department received one complaint concerning biased-based

policing, which was unfound.

Demographic Warnings Citations

White Male 3,564 2,726

White Female 1,699 1,155

African-American Male 232 214

African-American Female 119 68

Hispanic Male 288 657

Hispanic Female 133 214

Asian Male 18 19

Asian Female 20 3

Other 20 8

Total 9,401 4,125

Number of Applicants: Corrections Patrol

Applied 137 10

Passed 105 10

Caucasian 122 9

African-American 7 1

Other 8 0

Male 103 10

Female 34 0

Applicants Selected Correc. Patrol Clerk

Caucasian Male 14 9 0

Caucasian Female 4 0 5

African-American Male 2 1 0

African-American Female 0 0 0

Other Male 0 0 0

Other Female 0 0 0

Use of Force:

Comprehensive records are kept on all cases where officers

become physical or take defensive action with a weapon to

control a suspect or inmate. In the year 2009, there were

263 Use of Force reports; in the year 2010, 196 Use of Force

reports were taken. In the year 2011, a total of 225 Use of

Force reports were taken. In 2010, 108 officers were

reported using force, whereas in 2011, 140 different officers

were reported using force.

Division Taking Action:




First (6 a.m.—2 p.m.)---------------------------------74

Second (2 p.m.—10 p.m.)----------------------------81

Third (10 p.m.—6 a.m.)------------------------------70






Other/Not Specified--------------------------------------------------------------5




Not Specified-----------------------------------------------------------------------------4


Under 18-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------15





65 & over-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------0

Age Unknown--------------------------------------------------------------------------8




This year, the Sheriff’s

Department has made an effort

to enhance and strengthen the

Chaplain association and

services. In the year 2011, the

Chaplains have become an

essential thread in the fabric of

Elkhart County Sheriff’s

Department. There are now

Chaplains serving in the jail

and a separate entity of

Chaplains to Law Enforcement


Mike Kupke is the Jail

Chaplain, and overlooks an

average of 458 volunteers

visiting a month. These

volunteers lead Bible studies

and organize a library of books

for inmates. Nearly 113.75

hours are spent volunteering in

the library. There are 100

Bible studies a month, and

around 900 inmates attend


The Chaplain Corps is

comprised of professionals who

are trained to help officers as

well as victims in the areas of

critical emergency situations.

The services include crisis

support for an officer or family

member who is sick, injured, or

killed. They conduct Critical

Incident Stress Debriefings at

the request of the ECSD

administrative staff. They also

provide instruction in matters

of ethics and other special

topics when requested.


Technological Advances:

In 2011, Elkhart County Sheriff's Dept. has made an effort

to become more technologically efficient.

All of the patrol cars are now equipped with E-Citation

equipment to log tickets into computers immediately. This

reduces the amount of time necessary for input. The new

equipment in the patrol cars also reads the bar codes of

licenses to transfer driver’s information more efficiently.

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department now accepts

credit cards to better convenience the public seeking

background checks, gun permits, incident and accident


Another technological change for the Elkhart County

Sheriff’s Dept. is the new website design. This makes

features much easier to interact with and locate. These

features include a database to look up inmates; a sex

offender registry map—with access to VINE, an automatic

alerting system that sends updates to victims when an

offender’s status changes; access to accident reports and

firearm permit applications. Another feature that is now

available from the website is a link to the Elkhart County

Sheriff’s Department facebook page. This facilitates better

discussion with the Department, and the opportunity to receive

information in a more convenient and timely manner. To visit

the website and explore the features, please go to

New Cars:

Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department ordered 12 new vehicles

this year. For the first time ever the cars are white, instead of

the two-tone brown vehicles, which has always been traditional

for the Sheriff’s Departments in Indiana. This was approved by

the Indiana Sheriff’s Association in order to save money. By

ordering all one-color vehicles, the department saved 440-

dollars per vehicle. The vehicle of choice was the Dodge

Charger, because it won the Indiana State bid. The

department saved 15,000 dollars per vehicle by relying on our

garage staff to install all extraneous equipment.

Upon communication with Country Mark, a North Central

Indiana Gasoline CO-OP that receives gasoline from refineries

in Indiana, the ECSD was able to lock-in a gasoline price of

2.98 per gallon in the year 2012. This is anticipated to save the

department around 40,000-dollars.


Looking Toward 2012 from Sheriff Rogers:

The Sheriff in Indiana is a constitutional office. In other words, the

position of Sheriff is mandated in the Indiana Constitution and is

elected by the people of the county. There are 92 Sheriffs in

Indiana. The United States Constitution, Article 6, requires every

public servant be bound by an oath. This includes the Sheriff and

his deputies. The oath of office for all public servants is

comparable: “I, (name of public servant), swear or affirm to support

and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and

the Constitution of the State of Indiana, and that I will faithfully

and impartially discharge my duties of the office of (office of public

servant), for Elkhart County, the State of Indiana, so help me God.”

With movement around the nation to legislatively minimize the

office of Sheriff or remove arrest authority of the Sheriff, and

disrespect for the Constitution by government officials, it is

imperative that “We the people” continue to expect the office of

Sheriff to be elected and accountable to the people, while

upholding our U.S. and Indiana Constitutions.

Sheriff’s departments are typically a unique, diverse, and complex

entity within the criminal justice community. The Sheriff

collaborates and cooperates with many other entities such as the

County Commissioners and County Council, state and federal

government, the media and local communities. These partnerships

are key to being successful and serving the public effectively and

efficiently. Specific responsibilities include law enforcement,

process service, court security, and corrections.

Administration (Leadership)

As Sheriff, it is my responsibility to establish and maintain high

levels of performance, professionalism, and ethical behavior.

Servant leadership is the emphasis, showing line-staff that command

staff is not above any task and that a goal for command staff is to

break through bureaucracy to obtain necessary resources and allow

the work to be accomplished. A strong foundation built upon

conservative ethics and polices, and choosing command/supervisory

leaders who have integrity, honor and distinction, will be an

ongoing long-term commitment of this administration.


The correctional facility philosophy is not to “warehouse” inmates,

but rather, affect change in inmate’s “heart and mind” to reduce

recidivism, while providing a safe and secure environment. A

Sheriff has no statutory mandate to be concerned about recidivism.

However, as a Sheriff, I am concerned about public safety. If exoffenders

continue to commit crimes, our community is victimized

all over again. As tax-payers, we don’t want to build more jails. This

change in ex-offenders will occur through evidence-based-

programming such as “Thinking for a Change”, “Financial

Freedom”, “Life After Incarceration”, “Substance Abuse”, and

“Anger Management”. Statistics from 2009-2011 are promising in

reducing recidivism by half of those offenders who don’t take

programs. With hundreds of volunteers bringing in the gospel,

over 100 church services a month and regular Bible studies, the

community can have an impact not only for the here-and-now, but

also for eternity. The Elkhart County Re-Entry Initiative, with its

goal of “Successfully integrating all adult offenders back into the

Community” is an Annie Casey Foundation program that the

Sheriff, other Corrections staff, and other community leaders are

actively participating in, which further empowers ex-offenders to be

profitable members of society upon release.

Law Enforcement

The long-term goal is to partner with citizens and to empower them

with information and programs to impact their community.

Through web-based dissemination, such as the department website,

social media, and crime-mapping, we will provide crime trends in

neighborhoods, provide for crime tips related specifically to

reported crimes or crimes to be reported, and provide for important

educational and public safety information. Similarly, enhanced

community policing efforts and re-energized Neighborhood

Watches will allow for enhanced police/public dialogue and

intelligence distribution and receiving, while displaying the

“servant” mentality, and partnering with the community, so central

to the core of this department. Internal department enhancements

provide for better resource management of investigators and

improved collaborations with all law enforcement officers through

technology, providing them with real-time intelligence, all of which

will further the goal of reducing crime in Elkhart County.


Contact Us

Internet:, facebook and


Mail or in Person:

26861 C. R. 26, Elkhart IN 46517


(574) 891-2100

We like to know when we have done well. We need to

know when we do not.

Our department has a policy for receiving complaints or

information about negative experiences. Information is

documented and given to the administrative services captain

for follow up, so we can improve training, change policies or

take corrective action to better serve the public.

Please do not hesitate to contact us. It is helpful to us when

we have this information, including employees’ names and

location, time and date.

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