Wessel notes, “I got into law enforcement in 2010 as an officer with the Rushville Police Department. I remained living in the Oldenburg and Batesville area while working at Rushville. I enjoyed my job there, so I applied for the last hiring process (in Batesville) in hopes of having the opportunity to work in my hometown.”
As chief, “I try to find each individual officer’s strengths and let them work in that area .... Our agency is a very well-rounded department.
“I think a big turning point for Batesville was when we were hit with the drug dilemma. We were seeing drugs we hadn’t seen before. When we had the death of Cierra Adams, that was the point when you really saw what Batesville was made of. People were coming from different sectors and we developed the drug coalition. We continue to meet every month, and it’s well attended. Those who were committed early on are still there, and we’re all striving to do everything we possibly can to tackle drug issues in our community.”
Holt’s goals over the next year include “primarily working closely with the community and schools on different projects. We’re also keeping the mark high on our training and helping officers get the best training to provide the best service to our community.”
Diane Raver can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.
Batesville's police force The law enforcement agency is made up of Chief Stan Holt, Maj. Mike Benjamin, Detective Blake Roope, Lt. Doug Wolfer, Sgt. Danny Hamilton, Cpl. Dave Abel and Patrolmen Ryan Metcalf, Chris Smith, Jerry Taul, Jamie Straber, Michael Manus and Brad Wessel.