As National Police Week is celebrated through May 17, we recognize the men and women who serve and protect our communities every day.
In Batesville, that includes a dedicated group of officers who work together to keep the citizens safe.
“The biggest strength of this department is being able to work as a team to tackle the issues at hand,” reports Chief Stan Holt. “We have very well-trained officers and have a high standard of professionalism.
“Our agency has really progressed over the years .... Those who come on as young officers with our department spend 12 weeks with field training officers. They rotate through three seasoned officers, who have different strengths, and they ride with them. They can learn so much from them.
“We have such a diverse group. Some are experienced in criminal investigations, others in drug investigations or a variety of other things.”
Officers must participate in 24 hours of inservice each year, including training in firearms, emergency vehicle operation and defense tactics, he reveals. “My job as chief is to try to find the very best training for each person .... We also have several officers who are instructors.”
Holt says his department works very well with other members of the criminal justice system. The county “prosecutors are part of our team. When we get involved in a big case, they are involved from Day One. The same thing is true with the Indiana State Police and sheriffs’ departments. We have to work as a team to get these cases solved.
“We reach out to neighboring agencies to see if they’ve had similar cases .... One of the biggest concerns of citizens is the drug activity. Looking back at the arrests, it was our agency working with the prosecutors’ offices, sheriffs’ offices and ISP troopers to solve them.”
There have been changes through the years, the chief recalls. “More and more training is required to do this job. There has been more activity going on, more criminal cases .... We’ve added some programs. We have a school resource officer. There’s a K-9 program, and a big part of that is public relations. It helps us take the drugs off the streets. We have put on programs at the schools, anything to work through barriers. Over the years, we have built working relationships with the community.