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

Welcome Elizabeth Smart! Guest speaker at #Oakbrook Church today speaking to Prevent Child Abuse Howard County.

The Kokomo Police Department is accepting applications for the police officer applicant selection process. The police officer applicant process is scheduled to begin on June 2, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. at Kokomo High School, 2501 S. Berkley Road, Kokomo, Indiana. The physical assessment phase will be conducted on that day. Those who successfully pass the physical assessment will take the written exam on June 3, 2018, at Indiana University at Kokomo. The qualifications are: ● Be a United States citizen. ● Be between the ages of 21 and 35 at the time of appointment. ● Be a high school graduate or possess a General Equivalency Diploma. ● Possess or be able to acquire an Indiana driver's license, and be a resident of Howard County, Indiana or a surrounding county at the time of appointment. ● No felony convictions or any conviction for Domestic Violence Battery. ● No illegal use of any type of drugs for two years prior to applying for the Kokomo Police Department. ● A dishonorable discharge from the Military shall disqualify the applicant. The applicant process includes physical assessment tests, a written examination, background investigation, and an oral interview/writing skills exercise. Applicants must successfully complete each phase of the process to be placed on the applicant eligibility list for two years. A polygraph exam is administered if the applicant receives a conditional offer of employment. The duties of a Kokomo Police Officer are to enforce federal, state, and local laws, apprehend criminals, deter criminal activity, complete written reports, and protect the lives and property of the citizens of Kokomo, Indiana. The deadline for participation in the applicant process will be May 25, 2018. An application and additional information may be obtained at the Kokomo Police Department website: www.cityofkokomo.org. The application must be completed and returned to the City of Kokomo Human Resources Department, Third Floor of City Hall, 100 S. Union Street, 46901, Kokomo, Indiana to participate in the applicant process. The City of Kokomo is an equal opportunity employer.

KPD would like to introduce our new Victim Assistant, Ryan Wolf. Ryan is available to assist on issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, fraud/theft, and victimized elderly citizens. Ryan’s office is located on the first floor of the Kokomo Police Department. He can also be reached by phone at 765-456-7506 or email at rwolf@cityofkokomo.org.

Fraud Investigation On March 19th, 2018, an individual made purchases at Walmart located at 1920 East Markland Avenue with stolen credit cards. The individual used one of the cards to get an oil change at Walmart. The suspect was driving a 2006 black Dodge Dakota. Store surveillance cameras captured a person of interest involving this investigation. Anyone with information to the identity of this individual or information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detecive Mike Banush at (765) 456-7278, or the KPD Hotline at (765) 456-7017, or Central Indaina Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-Tips. All individuals are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

ATTEMPT TO LOCATE: Person of Interest Counterfeit Investigation On March 9th, 2018, at approximately 4:15 p.m., a female made two seperate purchases at Rural King located at 2947 South Washington Street with two counterfeit $100.00 bills. The video surveillance photo depicts a person of interest in this investigation. Anyone with information to the identity of this indvidual or information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective Mike Banush at (75) 456-7278, or the KPD Hotline at (765) 456-7017, or Central Indiana Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-Tips. All individuals are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Kokomo Police Department Receives 7th Reaccreditation Award The Kokomo Police Department was accredited for a (7th) time on Saturday, March 24th, 2018 in Frisco, Texas by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). The reaccreditation represents a satisfactory completion of a continuous process of thorough agency-wide self-evaluation. This was concluded by a thorough examination of the department’s policies and practices by a team of independent assessors and CALEA’s Commissioners. The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) organization is based in Gainesville, Virginia. The Kokomo Police Department’s on-site assessment took place from December 10th through December 12th, 2017. CALEA accredited agencies are seeking to establish the best professional practices. The Accreditation program requires law enforcement agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: Policy and Procedure, Administration, Operations Services, and Support Services. Kokomo Police Chief Robert Baker stated “It is an honor for the Kokomo Police Department to receive this award and to be among less than 5% of police agencies in the US that are accredited. It shows the hard work and dedication of Kokomo Police Officers and non-sworn members”. The Kokomo Police Department is proud of this accomplishment and hopes to have many more accreditation awards in the future to help us improve our service to the citizens of Kokomo.

We remember. The life and sacrifice of Deputy Carl Koontz 34-76💙

High Visibility Enforcement, Sobriety Checkpoint Planned for Kokomo Area On the evening of March 17th 2018, the KPD and Howard County Sheriff Department will conduct a multijurisdictional enforcement checkpoint targeting impaired drivers in Howard County. Officers from the KPD and HCSD will be involved in the checkpoint. After the checkpoint, officerss will conduct roving saturation patrols aggressively seeking impaired drivers in their districts. The purpose of sobriety checkpoints is to remove impaired drivers from Indiana roadways before they cause needless pain, suffering, or death to innocent victims through deterrence and detection efforts. Safety reminders for motorists:  Plan ahead and always designate a sober driver before consuming alcohol.  Don’t drive a vehicle if you’ve been drinking alcohol. Call a taxi or sober friend. A cab ride is cheaper than a D.U.I. arrest.  Take care of your friends. Never let a friend drive while impaired. Take their keys.  If you are hosting a party, always offer non-alcoholic beverages. Make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver.  Never provide alcohol to anyone under the legal drinking age of 21. 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 *** Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over***

In honor of Black HIstory Month, we recognize (retired) Captain Nathaniel Newsom PE #173. Captain Newsom served in the areas of Patrol and Training during his tenure with the Kokomo Police Department. He served the City of Kokomo from 1968-1988.

KPD and HCSD increase impaired, dangerous driving patrols for March Madness and St. Patrick’s Day The Kokomo Police Department and the Howard County Sheriff Departments are joining law-enforcement agencies across Indiana this March to increase dangerous and impaired driving patrols for the NCAA Tournament and St. Patrick’s Day. Last year, the weekend beginning St. Patrick’s Day had the highest number crashes involving impaired drivers. With March 17, 2018 falling on a Saturday, police are conducting random patrols, saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints intended to make our roads safer. If you’re watching March Madness or celebrating St. Patrick’s Day from a bar or pub, draft a sober driver, cab or ridesharing service to get home safely, our officers are trained to spot – and there will be zero tolerance for – impaired and dangerous drivers. The top causes of all Indiana traffic crashes are drivers following too closely and failing to yield the right of way. Aggressive, distracted and impaired driving reduce reaction times to unexpected slowed traffic, bicycles and pedestrians. New impaired-driving equipment In every state, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. In Indiana, drivers under 21 with a BAC of .02 are subject to fines and a license suspension for up to 1 year. Last year the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) purchased 1,759 new portable breath tests for Indiana law-enforcement agencies. An additional 836 devices will be purchased this year. But unlike alcohol, there is no quick field test for the legal and illegal drugs that can impair drivers. ICJI and NHTSA are issuing Android tablets and apps to assist 185 highly-trained police officers in the recognition and enforcement of drug-impaired driving. If you’re taking a new drug or higher dose, talk with your doctor or don’t drive until you know how it affects you. Even over-the-counter medication such as cold medicine or sleep aids may cause impairment, especially when combined with alcohol or a second drug. Experience different perspectives on an impaired-driving crash scene in 360 degrees at https://on.in.gov/nobigdeal.

ATTEMPT TO LOCATE: Person of Interest Burglary Case 2018-00730 On February 7th, 2018 at approximately 8:00 a.m, Kokomo Police Department (KPD) responded to a report of a burglary at 219 North Union Street. It was reported the business had been burglarized sometime between February 6th, 2018 at 8 p.m. and February 7th , 2018 at 8 a.m. Detectives have located surveillance video depicting a person in the area at the time of the incident. The male depicted in the video is a person of interest in this case. KPD is asking the public for help with identifying/locating the male depicted in these photos for questioning. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Det. Erik Fogg at (765) 456-7369 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 individuals are innocent until proven guilty in court of law.

In honor of Black History Month, we recognize (retired) Sergeant Dietra Jackson #213. During her service with the Department, she was a Patrol Officer and a Detective. Sergeant Jackson served the City of Kokomo from 1974-1997.

Happy 7th Birthday to KPD K-9 Xena. 🎉 Xena is the partner of Officer Chad VanCamp #365. KPD has four K-9 teams. All of our canines are Belgian Malenois. Xena is the only female KPD canine. She and her partner have apprehended many suspects and have won many awards at the K-9 Olympics.

COUNTERFEIT MONEY: KPD Case 2018-0670 On February 1, 2018, a south side gas station was presented a $100.00 bill in payment for merchandise. The bill presented was found to be counterfieit. Kokomo Police is asking for asistance to identify the suspect in this investigation. The suspect is described as a black male, early 20s, cammoflauge jacket, dark jeans, tan boots, and sock had with a "Miami" logo. Anyone with information is asked to contact case agent Detective Michael Banush (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 (800) 222-TIPS with your anonymous tips. Remember all individuals are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

In honor of Black History Month, we remember KPD Officer Henry Waggoner. Officer Waggoner served the City of Kokomo from 1936-1958.

UPDATED MEDIA RELEASE Robbery/Attempt Murder- Arrests Case Number: 2012-15353 Location: Village Pantry, 1515 E. Lincoln Rd. Kokomo IN Date/Time of Incident: March 26, 2012 at 1:55 a.m. On March 26, 2012 at approximately 2:00 a.m., Kokomo Police Dispatch received a 911 call from the Village Pantry, 1515 W. Lincoln Road. Upon arrival, officers located the clerk, a 50 year old Kokomo male, suffering from a gunshot wound to his face. The clerk was immediately transported to the hospital for treatment and then life-lined to an Indianapolis Hospital for further treatment. The clerk did survive the serious injury he incurred from the shooting. In 2012, KPD Investigators obtained the surveillance video from the store. The video depicted a white male suspect enter the store wearing a black ski mask, black hooded sweatshirt, light colored pants, dark colored shoes and black gloves. The suspect was armed with a semi-automatic handgun. The video indicated the clerk was robbed and shot at approximately 1:55 a.m. and then the suspect ran out of the store. KPD Investigators continued to investigate new leads that were presented on this case over the years. In December 2017, KPD Investigators received an anonymous tip on the 2012 Cold Case. This newest lead was investigated and provided additional information which resulted in warrants issued for the arrest of two suspects. In February 2018, warrants were issued out of Howard Circuit Court for the arrest of Christopher Voiles, age 40, (of Kokomo in 2012) for the offenses of Attempt Murder, Class A-Felony and Robbery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, Class A-Felony. A warrant was also issued for the arrest of Victoria Voiles, age 26, (of Kokomo in 2012) for Aiding, Inducing or Causing Attempt Murder, Class A-Felony and Robbery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, Class A-Felony. On February 1, 2018, KPD Investigators were notified by Kansas State Police in Lawrence, Kansas that Christopher and Victoria Voiles were in custody in their jurisdiction. Kansas State Police apprehended Christopher and Victoria Voiles after a vehicle pursuit. The Voiles were driving a vehicle which had been reported stolen to the Kokomo Police Department in January 2018. The Voiles crashed the stolen vehicle during the pursuit and they were both arrested and taken to the Douglas County Jail in Lawrence, Kansas. Christopher and Victoria Voiles are pending extradition to Howard County for the 2012 offenses of Attempted Murder and Robbery. The Kokomo Police Department welcomes and investigates leads on all Cold Cases. This case remains under investigation and anyone with additional information is asked to contact Det. 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.

Theft Investigations: On January 30, 2017, KPD responded to complaints of a male visiting several area Churches asking for assistance. During the visit, the male was suspected of stealing items while church personnel were occupied. On one occasion the male is observed on surveillance video stealing two tote bags from behind a desk. Another video captured the male searching a back pack in the pastor’s office. The male has been identified as William Cox Jr., age 65, of Indianapolis. On February 1, 2018, an arrest warrant for Theft was issued for Cox out of Howard County. It is believed Cox visits Kokomo on a weekly basis and may continue to visit area churches. The Kokomo Police ask if anyone has contact with William Cox Jr. to notify the Kokomo Police Department at (765) 457-1105. Remember, all defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

A Winning Game Plan for Super Bowl Fans: Sober Drivers Kokomo Police Department is huddling up with local-law enforcement agencies across the county and the state to urge football fans to designate a sober driver, call a cab, or use a ridesharing service during this Super Bowl Weekend. Impaired driving includes alcohol and prescription or illegal drugs. Even over-the-counter medication may cause impairment when combined with alcohol or a second drug. If you’re taking a new drug or a higher dose, talk with your doctor or don’t drive until you know how it affects you. “Whether you call it drunk, buzzed, wasted, high or stoned, impaired driving means going to jail and losing your driver’s license,” said Kokomo Police Department. “Don’t fumble with your keys after the game. Pass it to a sober driver, or better yet, be a team player and start the game as the designated driver.” Sober drivers can tweet @NHTSAgov during the Super Bowl broadcast to be featured on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Wall of Fame. For more information about impaired driving visit http://on.IN.gov/buzzeddriving. Sober driving tips: • 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. 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

On Janaury 29, 2018, Officer Greg Richardson is retiring after twenty-seven years and one month of service with the Kokomo Police Department. Officer Richardson has served as a Patrolman, Detective, Polygraph Examiner and Firearms Instructor. Officer Richardson most enjoyed his time in the Patrol Division. Greg says of his time on the department, "You have a front row seat to the best show on earth." Officer Richardson and his wife of thirty-one years, Dora, have two children and one grandchild. Best wishes on your retirement Greg! *Photo credit Tim Bath

On January 26, 2018, Detective Sean Kinney is retiring after thirty-one years and seven months of service with the Kokomo Police Department. Detective Kinney was a Patrolman, Field Training Officer, Polygraph Instructor, DARE Instructor, and was an Instructor of many specialties. He also served as the National Chair of National Law Enforcement Experts, Member of Homeland Security, and American College of Forensic Examiners. Detective Kinney spent the bulk of his career in the Criminal Investigation Section. There he combined his love and knowledge of the sciences with his law enforcement career. In 2000, Sean was instrumental in the development of the Kokomo Police Department Forensic Lab. This provided local law enforcement expertise in processes for investigations which were previously unavailable. Sean has four daughters and nine grandchildren. In his retirement, he plans to continue teaching Forensic Studies locally. Please join us in wishing Sean well in his retirement. *Photo credit Tim Bath.

On January 26, 2018, Captain Chris Smith is retiring after thirty-three years and seven months of service with the Kokomo Police Department. Captain Smith worked in many areas of the department: Patrol, Youth and Community Services, School Resources, Training, and Accreditation. He was also a leader in a range of assignments with the department. Some of these include: Inspector of Support, Major of Investigations, Major of Patrol and Special Operations, Patrol Captain, Captain of Training, Community Services and Accreditation. Captain Smith found his time spent working in the schools with kids to be among his favorite times on the Kokomo Police Department. Also, Captain Smith says his assignment as an afternoon shift supervisor was the most rewarding job on the department. Chris and his wife of thirty-two years, Beth, have four children and three grandchildren. Join us in wishing Captain Chris Smith well in his retirement. You will be missed! *Photo credit Tim Bath

US 31 is now open. Please continue to use caution when driving.

ROAD CONDITIONS: Extremely slick and hazardous this morning. We have had numerous vehicle slide-offs. There is a jacknifed semi at the Boulevard/ 31 exit. We anticipate State Highway to close US 31 and 931. Please watch for slick roads and sidewalks this morning, and allow extra time to get to your destination.

On January 19, 2018, Lieutenant Shawn Haus is retiring from the department after (29) twenty-nine years and one month of service with the Kokomo Police Department. Lieutenant Haus has worked in many areas of the department: Criminal Investigations, Patrol , Youth and Community Services, Honor Guard, School Resources, Hostage Negotiations, and as an Instructor of many specialties. According to Shawn, he most enjoyed the time he served as a Patrol Supervisor because patrol is the “heartbeat of the department.” Shawn also enjoyed all of the many caring people that he worked with during his time with the Kokomo Police Department. Shawn and his wife of thirty-four years, Michelle, have three boys, one daughter-in law, and four grandchildren. Shawn will continue to serve our community in his new position as Chief Deputy Coroner for Howard County. Shawn, we wish you all the best in your retirement! *Photo credits Tim Bath

ROBBERY ARREST: (Additional Charges) On September 9, 2017 at approximately 4:09 p.m., officers responded to a robbery report at Vinton Woods Apartments. The 59 year old male victim, an employee of AT&T, had injuries to his face and head. The victim reported that he was working on an AT&T tower when he was approached by a black male armed with a black semiautomatic handgun. The suspect displayed the firearm and demanded his money. The victim gave his wallet to the suspect who then ordered the victim to lay on the ground. The victim attempted to walk away at which time, the suspect struck the victim several times in the face and head from behind, causing his injuries. The victim described the suspect as a black male, 18-22 years of age, thin build, wearing black sweat pants, black sweat shirt and red tennis shoes. The victim was transported to Community Howard Hospital for treatment. As a result of the investigation, a warrant was issued out of Howard Superior IV Court for the arrest of 20 year old Ferrell King for Robbery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, Level 2-Felony and Battery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, Level 5 Felony. On February 23rd, 2018, the warrant was served on Ferrell King in the Howard County Criminal Justice Center where is being held on two other robbery charges. All defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. ********************************************************************************** On September 9, 2017, at approximately 11:10 p.m., Kokomo Police officers responded to 100 Rainbow Circle, Villas De Fontenelle Apartments, in reference to an armed robbery report. A 51 year old Kokomo woman and her two adult children stated as they exited their car and were walking to their apartment, a black male approached them, pointed a black semiautomatic handgun at them and demanded money. When the victims told the suspect that they didn’t have any money, the suspect grabbed the female victim’s purse and pulled it from her grasp. The suspect then ran from the area with the purse. The suspect was described as a black male, 20’s in age, 5-7 in height, thin to medium build, wearing a ski mask, a black sweatshirt with white designs on the front and dark pants. No injuries were reported. As a result of the investigation by the Kokomo Police Investigative Section, some of the victim’s stolen items were recovered and an arrest warrant was issued. On January 16, 2018, an arrest warrant was issued out of Howard Circuit Court for Ferrell King, age 20, of Chicago Heights, Illinois the offense of Armed Robbery, a Level 3 Felony with a $50,000.00 bond. Ferrell King was arrested on the warrant for Armed Robbery at the Howard County Criminal Justice Center where King is being held on another unrelated Armed Robbery charge from October 10, 2017. All defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. This case remains under investigation and anyone with additional information is asked to contact Det. 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.