Adams County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Adams County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 911 W Peacekeepers Way, Decatur, 46733-0608 IN
  • Chief:
Phone: 260-724-5345
Fax: 260-724-5346

Adams County Sheriff's Office is located at 911 W Peacekeepers Way, Decatur, 46733-0608 IN. The Adams County Sheriff's Office phone number is 260-724-5345.

Adams County Sheriff's Office News

Citizens of Adams County, recently the Sheriff's Office has seen a trend of motorists not knowing what to do in single vehicle wrecks, such as a vehicle hitting a deer on the roadway. Please, if the deer damages your vehicle and you will need a crash report, stay at the scene of the wreck. A crash report is required in the State of Indiana anytime there is personal injury of any kind or $1,000 worth of damage has occurred. If you are unsure if you will need a report or not, simply call the Sheriff's Office and we will help you. A Deputy will need to meet you directly at the scene of the wreck if a report is required. Please share so others know what to do. Thank you.

Sheriff Shane Rekeweg announced today that the Adams County Sheriff’s Office will be accepting applications for the following positions. For more information about the applicant requirements for each position, you can stop by the Sheriff’s Office, Monday through Friday from 8:00 pm- 4:00 pm, or by email at leocareers@co.adams.in.us. Patrol Division – Full Time Merit Deputy The Adams County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for the position of full time Deputy until 4:00 pm on November 14, 2018. Deputies receive a gross base biweekly pay of $1600 to $2000 with longevity. Deputies also receive healthcare, dental, disability, pension plan, 457b, assigned take home vehicle as well as a uniform allowance. Jail Division –Full Time and Part Time Confinement Officers The Adams County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for the position of full and part time Confinement Officer. Full time Confinement Officers receive healthcare, dental, disability, pension plan, 457b, and are provided a uniform. Applications can be picked up from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office at 911 W Peacekeepers Way, Decatur, IN, Monday through Friday or requested by email at leocareers@co.adams.in.us.

Adams County Pet Food Pantry. The next distribution event is this Saturday (Oct, 27th) at Angel's Bakery. All the information is on the flyer including contact information for people who have questions.

AEP customers in the Adams County area are currently experiencing a wide power outage. AEP is currently estimating the power should be returned at approximately 6:30 p.m. this evening.

The Adams County Sheriff's Office has received complaints about phone calls from people claiming to work for the "Social Security Office". They are attempting to "verify" Social Security numbers via telephone. This is a scam. Please don't ever give out your sensitive personal information over the telephone. No government agencies will ever ask for sensitive information. Below are two of the numbers that the people attempting to scam our community are calling from: 703-819-4470, 678-853-6261.

ADAMS COUNTY JAIL IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS Sheriff Shane Rekeweg announced today that the Adams County, Indiana Sheriff’s Office will be accepting applications for the position of a Confinement Officer. The successful applicant for this position must be dependable and reliable; possess good communication skills; have basic computer knowledge; be willing to work various shifts; be willing to work in a confined area; be able to handle stressful situations and be able to work well with others. They also must be able to work 12 hours hour shifts including days, nights, weekends, holidays or during inclement weather. The successful applicant must also have no felony convictions and possess a valid Indiana driver’s license. They must also have the ability to read and write the English language and have a high school diploma, G.E.D., or T.A.S.K. This position also requires the successful applicant to attend several training seminars and obtain various certifications. Failure to obtain the required certifications will result in the applicant’s termination. The successful applicant will be provided all uniforms and equipment to perform his or her duties. Adams County offers a benefit package which includes but is not limited to paid vacations, holidays, sick leave, insurance plans as well as a retirement and 457b plan Applications can be picked up from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, 911 W. Peacekeepers Way, Decatur, Indiana 46733 Monday through Friday or requested by email at leocareers@co.adams.in.us. Completed applications must be returned to the Adams County Law Enforcement Detention Center. Incomplete applications or applications submitted via Facebook will not be processed. Any questions should be directed to Sheriff Shane Rekeweg or Jail Commander James Miller at the Adams County Law Enforcement Center or by calling 260-724-5345. Applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 15, 2018.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 7, 2018 Adams County Traffic Safety Partnership Issue Warning to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Adams County Traffic Safety Partnership (Adams County Sheriff’s Office, Decatur Police Department, Berne Police Department, and Geneva Police Department) is joining about 230 law-enforcement agencies across Indiana and thousands nationwide in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization. From mid-August through Labor Day, police will be out in full force arresting impaired drivers. Expect to see increased sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and saturation patrols. “Why are we giving drivers a heads up? Because Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is all about preventing impaired-driving crashes, injuries and deaths,” said Sgt Mark Cook, Adams County TSP Coordinator. “Our officers have zero tolerance for impaired drivers on our roads, and we’ll see you before you see us.” A driving while intoxicated (DWI) arrest means going to jail and losing your driver’s license. The average DWI cost? About $10,000, including car towing and repairs, attorney fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work and other hefty expenses. Indiana law-enforcement agencies have participated in annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over traffic enforcement for more than 20 years. Overtime patrols are supported with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) funds distributed by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI). For more information, visit http://on.IN.gov/drivesober. 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 or higher are subject to fines and a license suspension for up to 1 year. NHTSA and ICJI recently purchased more than 2,600 portable breath tests to assist 150 Indiana law-enforcement agencies with establishing probable cause in arresting drunk drivers. But DWI includes more than alcohol, and there is no quick field test for the many prescription, over-the-counter and illegal drugs that can impair drivers. This year, the police officers highly trained to recognize and enforce drug-impaired driving were issued Android tablets to simplify documentation for prosecution. Tips for a safe and fun season The annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign includes the Labor Day weekend, with thousands upon thousands of Hoosier families taking to their cars for end-of-summer barbecues, football games, lakes and pool parties. Sadly, it is also one of the deadliest times of year for impaired-driving deaths. 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 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 Motorcycle riders have the reputation for being tough, but no one is tough enough to withstand the effects of impaired riding. Motorcycles are 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

Congratulations to Detective Lieutenant Gary Burkhart on his retirement. He was hired in January of 1991 and will retire at the end of the month. He was a great and hardworking Deputy and he will be missed. Thank you for your dedicated time to the citizens of Adams County.

A bid THANK YOU to everyone who stood along the roadways yesterday to supported these fine men and women, some of them local, who ran for the fallen military soldiers that have died for us all. There were officers from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, Decatur Police Department and the Indiana State Police who helped escort and keep them safe in the roadway. Job well done for a great cause! https://www.facebook.com/run4fallen/

The Adams County Sheriff's Office would like to congratulate Deputy Peter Amstutz on his completion and graduation from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Deputy Amstutz endured 15 weeks of intense training at the academy. The training consisted of 600 hours of instruction in a variety of areas including criminal law, traffic law, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, physical tactics, EMS awareness, human behavior, vehicle crash investigation, criminal investigation, domestic violence investigation, sexual assault investigation, water rescue training, Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, crime prevention, and drug recognition. Deputy Amstutz is excited to serve the citizens of Adams County. Congratulations Deputy Amstutz!

ADAMS COUNTY JAIL IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS Sheriff Shane Rekeweg announced today that the Adams County, Indiana Sheriff’s Office will be accepting applications for the position of a Confinement Officer. The successful applicant for this position must be dependable and reliable; possess good communication skills; have basic computer knowledge; be willing to work various shifts; be willing to work in a confined area; be able to handle stressful situations and be able to work well with others. They also must be able to work 12 hours hour shifts including days, nights, weekends, holidays or during inclement weather. The successful applicant must also have no felony convictions and possess a valid Indiana driver’s license. They must also have the ability to read and write the English language and have a high school diploma, G.E.D. or T.A.S.K. This position also requires the successful applicant to attend several training seminars and obtain various certifications. Failure to obtain the required certifications will result in the applicant’s termination. The successful applicant will be provided all uniforms and equipment to perform his or her duties. Adams County offers a benefit package which includes but is not limited to paid vacations, holidays, sick leave, insurance plans as well as a retirement and 457b plan Applications can be picked up from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, 911 W. Peacekeepers Way, Decatur, Indiana 46733 Monday through Friday or requested by email at leocareers@co.adams.in.us. Completed applications must be returned to the Adams County Law Enforcement Detention Center. Incomplete applications will not be processed for this position. Any questions should be directed to Sheriff Shane Rekeweg or Jail Commander James Miller at the Adams County Law Enforcement Center or by calling 260-724-5345

Great visit today by local friends from Bi-county. Thanks for the sweet treats! They loved seeing Cezar and Deputy Kukelhan in action!

CLICK IT OR TICKET _______________________________________ Adams County Traffic Safety Partnership 112 S 7th Street Decatur, IN 46733 260-724-8646 Decaturpd@decaturin.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 10, 2018 Adams County Traffic Safety Partnership Warns of Click It or Ticket Patrols Later this month, Geneva Police Department, Berne Police Department, Adams County Sheriff’s Office, and Decatur Police Department will join law-enforcement agencies across Indiana and the nation to increase enforcement of seat-belt laws for Click It or Ticket. Multiple weeks of high-visibility patrols will be watching for unrestrained passengers in cars and trucks, both children and adults, the front seat and back, both day and night. Click It or Ticket continues through the start of the summer travel season, including the Memorial Day holiday. Overtime police patrols are paid with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI). 2018 marks 30 years since Indiana’s seat-belt law began. Since that time, Indiana – along with 34 other states – has enacted a primary seat-belt law, meaning that police can pull you over for being unbuckled. Indiana has participated in Click It or Ticket for more than 20 years. Last year, more than 240 law-enforcement agencies performed 8,728 hours of traffic patrols and issued more than 30,000 citations or warnings, of which about 13,700 were seat-belt and child-restraint citations. “Click It or Ticket means zero-tolerance for unrestrained drivers and passengers,” said Sgt.Mark Cook Adams County TSP Coordinator. “So why are we warning everyone in advance? Because the bottom line is not issuing seat-belt citations, but saving lives. Anyone who responds to a serious crash just wants motorists to buckle up in the first place.” Don’t be a statistic There are TV shows and podcasts about violent crime investigations, but first responders actually see more traffic crashes. You are more likely to have property damage, be injured or killed in a traffic crash than be a victim of burglary, violent crime or murder, respectively From 2000 to 2017, the Purdue University Center for Road Safety says that seat-belt usage increased from 62 to 93 percent, beating the most recent national average of 90.1 percent. Indiana has made great progress through stronger laws and highly-visible enforcement, but the small percentage who still don’t buckle up make up nearly half of those killed on our roadways. In 2016, there were 10,428 unbuckled motorists killed in crashes in the United States. Seat belts were estimated to save an additional 14,668 lives. Pickup trucks and SUVs feel safer because they are larger and sit higher to the road. But don’t let that lure you into a false sense of security! Motorists in pickup trucks are over-represented in unrestrained injuries and deaths. ICJI partners with the Indiana University Public Policy Institute to analyze seat-belt statistics. The latest information is at www.in.gov/cji/files/Highway_Safety_Occupant_Protection_2016.pdf. National statistics are at www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/seat-belts. Seat-belt tips What is the best way to reduce your chances of injury or death? Buckle up! Below are tips for proper seat-belt use: • Secure the lap belt across your hips and pelvis, below your stomach. • Place the shoulder belt across the middle of your chest and rib cage, away from your neck. • Never put the shoulder belt behind your back or under an arm. • If your seat belt doesn’t fit you, or you have an older car with lap belts only, ask your dealer or vehicle manufacturer about seat-belt adjusters, extenders or retrofits. Buckle who you love Have a friend or family member who doesn’t buckle up? Speak up! One life lost is too many, so don’t leave any of your loved ones behind. Have friends or family that are men under age 45? They are majority of those killed, because they don’t take 3 seconds to buckle up. Don’t just buckle up for yourself, do it for the kids. During a crash, unrestrained passengers can become projectiles that injure or kill others in the car. In Indiana, unrestrained children under 16 are the driver’s responsibility. Adults set the example, and parents who don’t buckle up are more likely to have unbuckled kids. That means one ticket for you and one for each unrestrained child. Traffic crashes are the leading killer of children ages 1 to 13. Indiana requires all children age 8 and under to be in an approved car seat or booster seat, but as children get older, they are less likely to remain buckled. Choose the safest car seat for your child’s height and weight at www.safercar.gov/therightseat. Find a certified car-seat safety technician to assist with installation at www.preventinjury.org/Child-Passenger-Safety/Child-Safety-Seat-Inspection-Stations or through the SaferCar app on iTunes or Google Play. ###

Extremely proud of these three gentlemen today! They took the challenge when no one else wanted too. Today Berne Police Lieutenant Dean Amstutz, Adams County Jail Sergeant Alex Will and Adams County Deputy Daniel Heckard became OC instructors. The class was hosted by the Adams County Sheriff’s Office and included departments from all over the state.

Recently the Adams County Sheriff's Office investigated the missing of Karen Cavinder. We are pleased to announce Adams County Deputies located her and she is safe. Thank you for all who helped in this investigation.

ADAMS COUNTY JAIL IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS Sheriff Shane Rekeweg announced today that the Adams County, Indiana Sheriff’s Office will be accepting applications for the position of a Confinement Officer. There will be an opening for 4 full time Confinement Officers, along with the possibility of several openings for part time Confinement Officers as well. The successful applicant for this position must be dependable and reliable; possess good communication skills; have basic computer knowledge; be willing to work various shifts; be willing to work in a confined area; be able to handle stressful situations and be able to work well with others. They also must be able to work 12 hours hour shifts including days, nights, weekends, holidays or during inclement weather. The successful applicant must also have no felony convictions and possess a valid Indiana driver’s license. They must also have the ability to read and write the English language and have a high school diploma, G.E.D. or T.A.S.K. This position also requires the successful applicant to attend several training seminars and obtain various certifications. Failure to obtain the required certifications will result in the applicant’s termination. The successful applicant will be provided all uniforms and equipment to perform his or her duties. Adams County offers a benefit package which includes but is not limited to paid vacations, holidays, sick leave, insurance plans as well as a retirement and 457b plan Applications can be picked up from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, 911 W. Peacekeepers Way, Decatur, Indiana 46733 Monday through Friday or requested by email at leocareers@co.adams.in.us. Completed applications must be returned to the Adams County Law Enforcement Detention Center by June 1st, 2018. Incomplete applications will not be processed for this position. Any questions should be directed to Sheriff Shane Rekeweg or Jail Commander James Miller at the Adams County Law Enforcement Center or by calling 260-724-5345.

Photo's from the recent Jail promotions

The Adams County Sheriff's Office is proud to announce Sheriff Shane Rekeweg had promoted Jail Officers effective March 16, 2018: Jail Officer Aaron Stronczek and Jail Officer Paige Vanover were promoted to the Rank of Corporal on this date. Jail Officer Karen Douglas was recently promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was officially presented her promotion. Previously, Jail Officer Alex Will had also been promoted to the Rank of Sergeant. These Officers have displayed great leadership and tremendous work ethic on a daily basis; they continue to go above what is expected of them. Please help us honor Corporal Aaron Stonczek, Corporal Paige Vanover, Sergeant Karen Douglas, and Sergeant Alex Will by congratulating them in their new positions! Thank you for all of your hard work.

The Adams County Sheriff's Office would like to express it's gratitude to retiring Deputy Andrew "Andy" Guise. Deputy Guise has served his community for over 26 years. Prior to becoming a full time Deputy, Andy served as a Squad Sergeant as a Sheriff's Reserve. During his full time watch, Deputy Guise has served as Firearms Instructor, Field Training Officer, DARE Officer, and School Resource Officer. Deputy Guise will continue to serve our community as a Court Security Officer for the Adams County Superior Court. Thank you Deputy Guise, your hard work and dedication is greatly appreciated!

Adams County's K9s, Kaja and Cezar, were out at Adams Central today, doing their part in keeping our students and thier learning enviroment both safe and secure.

The Adams County Sheriff's Office would like to congratulate Deputy Daniel Heckard on his completing and graduating from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Deputy Heckard excelled while attending the 15 weeks of intense training at the academy, graduating with the distinction of Honor Graduate. In addition, Deputy Heckard excelled in both academics and firearms proficiency. Deputy Heckard graduated with a GPA of 98.12% ranking him 3rd out of 149 police officers. Deputy Heckard also obtained an Expert Firearms Qualification ranking him 4th out of 149 police officers. Deputy Heckard is excited to serve the citizens of Adams County. Congratulations Deputy Heckard!

Deputies are currently working multiple property damage vehicle accidents, due to slick roads. If you must travel please use extreme caution.

Sheriff Shane Rekeweg announced today that the Adams County, Indiana Sheriff’s Office will be accepting applications for the position of a Confinement Officer. There will be an opening for full-time Confinement Officers, along with the possibility of openings for part-time Confinement Officers as well. To apply and test for this position, go to the website https://www.empco.net/ind/ and follow the instructions. The required profile and test must be completed and passed no later than February 28th, 2018. There is a fee to take an examination. The successful applicant for this position must be dependable and reliable; possess good communication skills; have basic computer knowledge; be willing to work various shifts; be willing to work in a confined area; be able to handle stressful situations and be able to work well with others. They also must be able to work 12 hours hour shifts and possibly include days, nights, weekends, holidays or during inclement weather. The successful applicant must also have no felony convictions and possess a valid driver’s license. They must also have the ability to read and write the English language and have a high school diploma, G.E.D. or T.A.S.K. This position also requires the successful applicant to attend several training seminars and obtain various certifications. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office has a competitive wage and benefit package offered to potential employees.