Kokomo Police Department

  • Agency: Kokomo Police Department
  • Address: 100 S Union St, Kokomo, 46901 IN
  • Chief: Robert Baker (Chief of police)
Phone: 765-457-1105
Fax: (765) 456.7207

Kokomo Police Department is located at 100 S Union St, Kokomo, 46901 IN. The Chief of police of the department is Robert Baker. The Kokomo Police Department phone number is 765-457-1105.

Kokomo Police Department News

MEDIA RELEASE: Armed Robbery On October 20, 2017, at 10:26 p.m. officers of the Kokomo Police Department (KPD) responded to Qwik Stop, 1718 South Home Avenue, on a report of an armed robbery at the business. Subsequent investigation by KPD detectives revealed witnesses who observed two (2) subjects enter the business at approximately 10:20 p.m. According to witnesses, one of the subjects was armed with a handgun. The suspects demanded the money from the cash register and other items of merchandise. The suspects fled the store with an undetermined amount of cash and merchandise. There were no injuries reported. Witnesses described the suspects as follows: Suspect #1- Black male, 6’1”, 160-185 pounds, 19-22 years of age, wearing a red shirt, dark jacket and a red bandanna Suspect #2- Black male, 5’8”, 180-190 pounds, wearing a dark jacket with stripes and a dark colored bag. This case remains active for investigation. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective R. Chad Rodgers at (765) 456-7350 or the Kokomo Police Hotline at (765) 456-7017. You may qualify for a cash reward by calling Central Indiana Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS with your anonymous tip.

UPDATED MEDIA RELEASE: Friday October 13, is the one year anniversary of when the Kokomo Police Department initiated a missing person case with the victim being identified as 18 year old Karena McClerkin. McClerkin is described as a black female, approximately 5'4", medium build, with reddish-brown shoulder length hair. McClerkin was last seen on October 11, 2016, in the 1000 block of South Washington Street in Kokomo. This Missing Person case remains an active investigation. Detectives are pursuing all leads regarding McClerkin. Anyone with information regarding this case, or the whereabouts of McClerkin is asked to contact Sgt. Jon Webster (765) 456-3324 or the Kokomo Police Department Hotline at (765) 456-7017.

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Trick-or-Treat Hours and Precautionary Measures Location: Kokomo, Indiana Date/Time of Incident: Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Kokomo Police Department is asking everyone to put safety first as you engage in neighborhood trick-or-treating this year. Trick-or-treat hours are from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Halloween night, Tuesday, October 31st. The Kokomo Police Department is asking parents to limit their children to these hours within the city limits. The department also reminds parents of the importance of supervising their children in this yearly celebration. Parents need to be mindful of traffic conditions and remember that many costumes tend to limit a child’s vision. The Kokomo Police Department suggests that children not eat their treats while going door-to-door, but wait until they are finished trick or treating. It is suggested that parents inspect treats for any sign of tampering. If you suspect you have an item which has been tampered with or which looks suspicious, please call the Kokomo Police Department at (765) 457-1105. Everyone have a safe and Happy Halloween!

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CANCEL ATL: Libby Lewis, age 17, 5'8", thin build, white/female, autistic. She was located and is safe. Thank you!

UPDATED: Media Release: On September 26, 2017, at approximately 8:15 pm, KPD Drug Task Force officers were executing a search warrant at 1805 North Wabash in reference to suspected drug activity. Upon making entry into the residence, officers were exposed to an unknown chemical agent. Eight Kokomo Police officers were transported by ambulance to St. Vincent hospital in Kokomo, and one additional officer was treated at the hospital for exposure. All officers have been released from the hospital after treatment. Two adult subjects located inside the residence, were treated and released prior to their transport to the Howard County Criminal Justice Center. The Kokomo Fire Department Hazmat Team and the Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab team assisted with processing of the scene. As a result of this investigation, the following individuals were arrested on preliminary charges: Clayton M. Young, age 24, Kokomo Jay K. Darlin, age 55, Kokomo Lesa A. Young, age 50, Kokomo Javetta Dahn, age 48, Kokomo Jewell E. Chorrushi, age 18, Indianapolis Michael E. Roark, age 23, Kokomo A juvenile female, age 17, Kokomo This case is under investigation. All defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. This incident involved no explosion. More information forthcoming.

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On 08/16/2017, at approximately 4:39 a.m., Officers from the Kokomo Police Department responded to Walgreens located at 2400 W. Sycamore Street in reference to a theft. A female employee advised a black male came in the store and attempted to buy a candy bar. When the clerk opened the cash register, the black male reached over the counter and grabbed cash from the register. The female employee attempted to stop the male, but he pulled away with an undetermined amount of cash. On 09/13/2017, at approximately 4:12 a.m., Officers from the Kokomo Police Department responded to Walgreens at 2400 W. Sycamore Street in reference to a theft. A male employee advised a black male entered the store and attempted to buy some candy. When he opened the cash register, the black male reached over the counter and grabbed cash from the register. The male employee attempted to stop the suspect and a scuffle ensued with the employee suffering a small cut to his hand. The suspect ran out of the store with an undermined amount of cash. The suspect in both incidents appears to be the same person who was described as a black male, approximately 5-8 in height, medium build and in his 20’s in age. This case remains under investigation. Anyone who can identify the suspect in the photos or with additional information is asked to contact Detective Michael Banush at (765) 456-7278 or the Kokomo Police Department Hotline at (765) 456-7017. You may qualify for a cash reward by calling Central Indiana Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS with your anonymous tip. All Defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Over a 25-day period, The Howard County Sheriff Department and Kokomo Police Department issued 99 citations and made12 arrests as part of the national enforcement blitz known as Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. The arrests consisted of five DUI’s, drug charges, and other driving charges. Federal highway safety funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute supported overtime patrols for about 220 law-enforcement agencies across the state. “These enforcement efforts save the lives of impaired drivers, their passengers and others out on the road,” said Howard County Corporal Justin Markley. “Our commitment to enforcing traffic laws and keeping area roads as safe as possible continues throughout the year.” Nationwide, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. In Indiana, drivers under 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are subject to fines and a license suspension for up to 1 year. A DUI arrest means going to jail and losing your driver’s license. The average DUI cost? About $10,000, including car towing and repairs, attorney fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work and other hefty expenses. For more information, visit http://one.nhtsa.gov/drivesober. Impaired Driving Alternatives With all of today’s options for getting home safely, there’s no excuse for getting behind the wheel impaired as it endangers you and everyone else around you. Law enforcement recommends these safe alternatives to impaired driving: • Designate, or be, a sober driver. • Use public transportation. • Call a cab or a ridesharing service. • Download the SaferRide mobile app on the Android Play Store or the Apple iTunes Store. This simple app only has three options: call a taxi, call a friend, and identify your location for pickup. • Celebrate at home or a place where you can stay until sober. • Throwing a party? Offer non-alcoholic beverages and plenty of food. • Never provide alcohol to minors. • Ask young drivers about their plans. • Friend or family member about to drive? Take the keys and make alternate arrangements. Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over Motorcyclists have the reputation for being tough, but no one is tough enough to withstand the effects of impaired riding. Motorcycles make up about 3 percent of registered vehicles, but are dramatically overrepresented in fatal crashes involving alcohol. And the more that bikers drink, the less likely they are to wear their helmets. Report impaired drivers Impaired driving is three times more common at night than during the day. If you see an impaired driver, turn off the road away from the vehicle and call 911. Signs of impaired driving include: • Weaving, swerving, drifting, or straddling the center line • Driving at a very slow speed • Braking erratically • Making wide turns • Stopping without cause • Responding slowly to traffic signals • Driving after dark with headlights off • Almost striking an object or vehicle • Driving on the wrong side of the road • Turning abruptly or illegally

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CANCEL ATL: FRAUD SUSPECT Case 2017-4343 On July 6, 2017, the Kokomo Police Department initiated a Fraud Investigation. Representatives from a local Credit Union reported that one of their former customers, who is now deceased, had their ATM card stolen. The Credit Union reported that the ATM card was used several times after the death of their client. An undisclosed amount of cash was removed from the decedent's account. Investigators have obtained video surveillance of an individual using the stolen ATM card. It also appears that the individual is driving a red extended cab Chevrolet truck. Attached is a still image of the suspect. Anyone with information regarding this case, is asked to contact Det. Scott Purtee at (765) 456-7322 or the KPD Hotline at 765-456-7017. You may qualify for a cash reward by reporting your anonymous tip to Central Indiana Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. All defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Three People Arrested During Kokomo Police/Howard County Checkpoint: On Friday August 18, 2017, from 11:00 p.m. until Saturday at 1:00 a.m., officers from the Kokomo Police Department, Howard County Sheriff Department and Greentown Police Department conducted a checkpoint targeting impaired drivers at Markland Avenue and Diamond Street, in Kokomo. The Howard County Emergency Management Agency also assisted in the checkpoint. During the two hour period, 312 vehicles passed through the checkpoint resulting in one person being arrested for a felony warrant. Two drivers were also cited for driving while suspended. Part of the checkpoint included roving patrols. In addition to the arrests, officers also issued several citations and warnings for various traffic offenses. HCSD Corporal Justin Markley said, "I feel the checkpoint was a success. The goal of the checkpoint is not how many drunk drivers we can arrest, but to deter the drunk driving through high visibility enforcement. We are doing our absolute best by enforcing impaired driving laws and it showed this weekend." The purpose of enforcement checkpoints is to remove impaired drivers from Indiana roadways before they cause needless pain, suffering, or death to innocent victims. Impaired driving remains one of America’s deadliest problems. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2013, 32,719 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle crashes. That same year, 10,076 people were killed in crashes that involved a driver or motorcyclist with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. That means every 52 minutes someone died in a crash involving an impaired driver. In Indiana, in 2014, there were a total of 205,532 crashes, 4,574 involved an alcohol impaired driver, resulting in 101 deaths. Motorists are encouraged to report suspected impaired drivers by calling 911. Give a vehicle description, location, and direction of travel. Never follow an impaired driver.

We are so proud of the Kokomo Police Department K-9 unit! Last week Officer Ryan Shuey with his partner Danny, Officer Chad VanCamp with his partner Xena, and Officer Charlie Fourkiller with his partner Maxwil competed at the National K-9 Olympics. Our officers competed against 106 other K-9 teams from across the country at Von Liche Kennels. The grueling competition included a two mile tracking obstacle course, narcotics detection and apprehension scenarios. Our K-9 officers train hard to serve our community with excellence. Officer VanCamp and Xena received a top three award this year. Thank you to all of our K-9 teams!

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On August 16, 2017, at approximately 3:08a.m., Kokomo Police responded to a robbery at 420 E. Morgan Street. The clerk reports that a black male possibly in his early 30’s, wearing a gray sweatshirt, blue basketball shorts, and a fishing hat displayed a knife demanding money from the register. The suspect walked around the counter and took several packs of cigarettes from the store. The suspect was last seen running northbound on Apperson. No one was injured during the robbery. This case is an ongoing criminal investigation. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Sergeant Jon Webster at (765) 456-7233, or the Kokomo Police Hotline at (765) 456-7017. You may qualify for a cash reward by calling Central Indiana Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS with your anonymous tip. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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CANCEL ATL AMBER ALERT: Adayah Renee BRATTON, 2 year old black female, 2'6", 40#, brown hair, brown eyes. Last seen in Fort Wayne, Indiana today at 2:10 a.m. BRATTON is believed to be in extreme danger. BRATTON is believed to be with Channing Scott, 46 year old black male, 5'10", black dreadlocks, brown eyes. Scott was last seen wearing a red shirt, gray sweat pants, and black/white tennis shoes. Scott's vehicle is described as a red 2011 Hyundai Accent with Indiana license plate VKZ918. If located, notify 911. Authority of Fort Wayne Police Department (888) 582-6237.