Batesville Police Department

  • Agency: Batesville Police Department
  • Address: 104 East Catherine Street, Batesville, 47006 IN
  • Chief: Stan Holt (Chief of police)
Phone: 812-934-3131
Fax: 812-933-0579

Batesville Police Department is located at 104 East Catherine Street, Batesville, 47006 IN. The Chief of police of the department is Stan Holt. The Batesville Police Department phone number is 812-934-3131.

Batesville Police Department News

“We are going to aggressively go after these drug dealers,” said BPD Chief Stan Holt in what is believed to be the first felony murder charge based upon the act of dealing drugs that resulted in an overdose death in the State of Indiana.

The Ripley County Prosecutor’s Office has filed Murder charges against Nathaniel Walmsley and James Alvin Trimnell in connection to the fatal overdose of 36-year-old Rachel Walmsley, of Batesville, on July 30, 2017. BPD Chief Stan Holt and Detective Blake Roope joined Prosecutor Ric Hertel for the formal announcement Wednesday:

PROSECUTING ATTORNEY PRESS CONFERENCE Murder Charges to be filed in Drug Overdose Death of Batesville Resident Today, November 8th 3:00PM Batesville Memorial Building (132 South Main Street) Ripley County Prosecuting attorney, Ric Hertel, will discuss charging decisions involving the investigation into the drug overdose death of a Batesville resident and answer questions surrounding the decision to file Murder charges.

From: Batesville Police Department and Ripley County Prosecutor’s Office PRESS RELEASE: STATE V. BERNICE KERSEY On October 2, 2017, Bernice Kersey, 41-years-old, of Batesville, IN, was sentenced to 8 years in the Department of Corrections with 3 years suspended to probation for the possession of multiple controlled substances with the intent to deliver those substances only feet from Liberty Park in Batesville, IN. Prior to the Sentencing Hearing, Kersey plead guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver within 500 feet of a Public Park. The case stemmed from a traffic stop conducted by the Batesville Police Officer Travis Cook of Kersey’s vehicle at the intersection of Park Ave. and Western Ave. While the officer was pulling Kersey’s vehicle over, she tossed a cellophane wrapper from her vehicle that the officer was quickly able to recover and identify as illegal controlled substances. After making contact with Kersey, he discovered additional illegal controlled substances within Kersey’s purse. Officer Cook then questioned Kersey about the illegal controlled substances where Kersey then admitted that she was on her way to sell them to an individual who lived on Park Ave. At the sentencing hearing, the State of Indiana was represented by Chief Deputy Prosecutor Shane Tucker and Bernice Kersey was represented by John Dorenbusch. The Ripley County Prosecutor’s Office complemented the Batesville Police Department for their thorough and complete investigation and their continued dedication to investigating drug crimes.

Trick-or-Treat in Batesville is 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Tuesday, October 31. The American Legion Post #271 parade starts at 6:00pm at the Memorial Pool. The Batesville Police Department will be passing out candy in front of the Memorial Building. Have a safe and enjoyable Halloween!

On Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at approximately 8:54am the Batesville Police Department received a report of a two vehicle crash with injury. Witnesses reported that a white passenger car driven by a 17 year old female of Batesville was northbound on Huntersville Road and failed to stop at the intersection of State Road 46. A Franklin County Highway Department dump truck was traveling eastbound on State Road 46 and struck the passenger car on the driver side. The female driver of the passenger car was flown to UC Health with serious injuries. The driver of the dump truck, Timothy Vanmeter, 57, of Laurel, did not sustain any injuries. The crash is being investigated by the Batesville Police Department.

This last week Cub Scout Pack 636-Bear Den toured the police department. Officer Travis Cook and Communications Officer Elaina Peters talked to The Bear Den about what police officers and dispatchers do. Thank you to the Bear Den for stopping by and learning about what we do!

The Batesville Police Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer Requirements • Must be a resident citizen of the United States • Must be 21 years old to apply and not have reached their 36th birthday by date of appointment • Must have a high school diploma or GED certificate • Cannot have a felony conviction • Cannot have a misdemeanor conviction involving domestic violence • Must possess a valid driver's license • Cannot have been dishonorably discharged from the military • Must pass a mandatory drug screening test During the hiring process applicants will be required to subject themselves to various forms of background checks, physical fitness testing, written aptitude testing, an interview process, and other testing that may be deemed appropriate. Applications can be picked up at the police department or online at Resumes will be accepted only if accompanied by an application. Deadline for all applications and resumes is Monday, November 20, 2017. The City of Batesville is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

On Wednesday, October 11 the Marksberry Family and friends brought cookies to the Batesville Police Department. The Marksberry Family joins many others that take part in Cookies for a Cop and our Fire Friends. Major Brad Wessel and Communications Officer Jen Furnish showed the Marksberry Family and their friends the police department and police car. The BPD wants to thank them for their act of kindness. #CookiesforaCop #sweetkindess

On Friday, October 6 Batesville Police Officer Stephen Sieverding graduated from Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Basic Course # 2017-212. He spent the last 15 weeks at the academy receiving training in a variety of topics and motor skills. He graduated with the second highest GPA out of 130 officers. He will complete his training with Batesville Police Department Field Training Officers Danny Hamilton, Travis Cook, and Ryan Metcalf. Upon completion of his FTO training, he will serve as a patrol officer.

October 7, 2017 News Release-Drug Arrest On Friday, September 22, 2017 Officer Trevor Comer performed a traffic stop on a vehicle operated by Jonathan Salyer, 50 yrs old, of Batesville. K9 Sgt. Danny Hamilton deployed his K9 Jinx on the vehicle. K9 Jinx alerted to the presence of an illegal substance in the vehicle. Salyer told officers that he had marijuana and a metal pipe that he uses to smoke marijuana at his residence. Salyer was released from the stop and Officer Comer obtained a search warrant for Salyer’s residence. During the search of the residence officers located a smoking pipe, Marijuana, suspected Methamphetamine, Schedule II and IV Controlled Substances and other drug paraphernalia. Salyer was not home at the time of the search warrant. An arrest warrant was issued by the Ripley County Superior Court for the charges of Possession of Methamphetamine (Level 6 Felony), Maintaining a Common Nuisance (Level 6 Felony), and two counts of Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance (Class A Misdemeanor). On October 5, 2017 Officer Comer located Salyer and took him into custody for the active arrest warrant. Salyer was transported to the Ripley County Jail and remanded to jail staff. All suspects have a legal presumptive of innocence until proven guilty. -Major Brad Wessel

Officer Highlight: Detective/Patrolman Michael Manus Detective/Patrolman Michael Manus obtained his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Indiana State University. He started with the Batesville Police Department in October 2012 as a patrol officer. He served as the Batesville School Corporation’s School Resource Officer from August 2015 to May 2017. He then started to work investigations along with patrol which is his current position. He also performs bike patrols. Detective/Patrolman Manus is a volunteer leader for the Batesville Police Department Explorers Post 2683. He has completed the John E. Reid Interview School, CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) Basic Course for Juveniles and the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) basic school resource officer course. He is an ALICE Certified Instructor (active shooter training for schools and businesses) and ALERRT Instructor (civilian response to active shooter).

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides good information pertaining to traffic safety. This event will provide information pertaining to the proper car seat for your child.

BPD joins the Batesville Fire Department to remember and honor the civilians and first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice 16 years ago today. We will never forget.

A ring was found outside Schmidt Bakery. It appears to be a white gold women's wedding ring. If you have lost a ring and believe it may belong to you, contact the Batesville Police Department at (812) 934-3131.