Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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September 17, 2013

Assistant police chief ready to let his guard down

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Over three decades, technology and training have changed law enforcement. Both chiefs encouraged their officers “to take all the training you can get ... The training opportunities are pretty much unlimited,” from Indiana law updates and domestic violence seminars to practicing at the shooting range. “Search and seizure is the No. 1 field that you have to pay special attention to. Improper seach and seizure could cost you a case” and those rules keep changing.

Thielking recalls two alarming incidents. One happened when he had to investigate a call about a vehicle in Harvey’s Branch Creek. “I thought I was going swimming that night.” On the icy road, “my wheels stopped on the bridge about 2 inches from the side.” A pickup truck driver who happened by attached a cable to the police vehicle and pulled it back. The vehicle in the creek? Abandoned by the driver. “When it’s all over, you’re laughing about it. That was a rush.”

While he’s never been shot at, “that’s a risk you have to accept. If you dwell on these things, you’re not going to be effective in your job.” A few years ago, Thielking and former Officer Jeff Davies were chasing a car occupied by two teens. “The pursuit didn’t make any sense … they were driving around in circles.” The police learned later the young men were trying to talk a friend into ambushing the officers in Morris, but the friend refused. He says, “I don’t think they were evil, they just weren’t thinking that night.”

Should citizens worry about the prevalence of illegal drugs here or with the arrests of quite a few dealers, does the problem seem to be lessening? The major answers, “You should never let your guard down when it comes to drugs. It’s always going to be out there. There are going to be times that are worse than others.”

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