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

Kokomo Police Department issues 178 citations, 3 arrests during 2018 Click It or Ticket Over 24 days, Kokomo Police Department issued 178 citations 3 as part of the 2018 Click It or Ticket mobilization. More than 230 Indiana law-enforcement agencies joined thousands across the nation to enforce seat-belt laws in cars and trucks, for both children and adults, in the front seat and back, both day and night. The overtime, high-visibility traffic patrols were supported with federal traffic-safety funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI). While many TV shows focus on violent-crime investigations, first responders actually see more traffic crashes. You are more likely to have a property damage crash and be injured or killed in a traffic crash than be a victim of burglary, violent crime or murder, respectively. “Enforcement of traffic laws intends to prevent the crashes, injuries and deaths that impact our community,” said Captain Tonda Cockrell. “With the summer travel season fully underway, police urge motorists to buckle up – every trip, every time – and to use a sober driver.” Don’t be a statistic 2018 marks 30 years since Indiana’s seat-belt law began, and Indiana has participated in Click It or Ticket for more than 20 years. 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. 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 the 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

Kokomo Police Department will be hosting Kindergarten Countdown this Thursday, June 7th from 4:30pm-6:00pm. We will provide bicycle safety instruction and tours of city hall. There will be two bicycles given away. Come out and enjoy this great event!!!!!!!!!!

BURGLARY: Case Number 2018-03296 On 06/04/2018 at approximately 10:00 a.m. KPD officers responded to a business in the 2300 block of North Washington Street in reference to a burglary report. Employees reported forced entry into the building was discovered when they arrived for work. The employees also provided surveillance video which depicted a white male suspect who was wearing camouflage pants, a hooded sweatshirt and tennis shoes. Kokomo Police Department is asking for assistance with idetifying the subject in the surveillance photos. This case remains under investigation and anyone who can identify the suspect or 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. Remember, all subjects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

On June 2, 2018, Officer Rick Miller retired after 20 years 5 months of service with the Kokomo Police Department. Rick served in the patrol division and as a DARE officer during his career. During his tenure with KPD Rick was deployed five times to military service with our armed forces. Rick also retired from the armed forces (February 2018). Rick and his wife Jennifer have three daughters, Ashley, Alice, and Averi. He says, “I want to thank God and my family for this wonderful journey.” Join us in congratulating Officer Rick Miller on his retirement from the Kokomo Police Department!

Kokomo Police Department is sponsoring our 3rd Annual Junior police Academy week of June 18th-22nd. We invite students grades 6th-8th to apply for this event. We have application at Kokomo City Hall and online at cityofkokomo.org. If you have any questions contact Capt. Summers 765-431-9291.

YOUTH POLICE ACADEMY APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED The City of Kokomo’s Police Department is now accepting applications for its Youth Police Academy that is being offered for youths in grades 6th, 7th and 8th. The Youth Police Academy is a one week program designed to teach teens about police work, and in turn, establish positive relationships between the police department and the city’s youth. Participants will attend a mock police academy where they will learn about various aspects of law enforcement duties through hands-on activities, role-plays, team building exercises, and field trips. The one week course is scheduled to begin Monday, June 18th, through Friday, June22, 2018 and will be held daily from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided to participants, but class size is limited. Applications can be obtained at the Kokomo Police Department in City Hall located at 100 South Union Street, Kokomo. Applications will also be available to print off at the City of Kokomo website (www.cityofkokomo.org). Please return the completed applications to the Kokomo Police Department by Friday, June 1st, 2018. For more information, plese contact Captain Kevin Summers at 765-456-7339.

SCAM ALERT Citizens have reported receiving phone calls from someone representing authorities from the Howard County Sheriff Department. The caller is informing individuals a warrant has been issued for their arrest for missing jury duty. The caller provides the the bond amount in order for the individual to post bond. The indivual is then instructed to purchase a Green Dot card for the bond amount. After purchasing the Green Dot card, the individual is instructed to provide the caller the Green Dot identification number. In some instances, the caller instructs individuals to meet them at a designated locations. Be aware, this is a scam!!!! The Kokomo Police Department is currently working with the Howard County Sheriff Department concerning this scam. If anyone has any information concerning these incidents, please contact Kokomo Police Detective Scott Purtee at (765) 456-7322, or the Howard County Sheriff Department at (765) 456-2031.

Shooting Investigation On May 16, 2018, at approximately 2:41a.m., officers responded to 909 E. Jefferson Street on a reported robbery attempt with shots being fired. Upon arrival, officers located 23-year-old, Anthony Sutton of Chicago, in an upstairs bedroom, suffering from several gunshot wounds to his left leg. Investigators learned there was a struggle over a gun in an upstairs bedroom resulting in Sutton being shot in the leg multiple times. There are conflicting stories involving the incident. Investigators believe a drug deal went bad or an attempt robbery. Investigators interviewed potential witnesses and gathered evidence from the crime scene. Sutton was flown to St. Vincent in Indianapolis in serious condition. No other occupants in the residence were injured. This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Chad Rodgers at (765) 456-7350, or the Kokomo Police Department Hotline at (765) 456-7017.

The Kokomo Police Department is announcing new hours for our fingerprinting service. Effective Tuesday, May 15th our hours will be: Monday and Tuesday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Fingerprinting is conducted at the Records Department, second floor of the Kokomo Police Department, 100 South Union Street, Kokomo. To schedule an appointment, follow the link below to IdentoGo by MorphoTrust. This is an outside scheduling agency, so please include your current phone number and email when scheduling your fingerprint appointment. https://www.identogo.com/

Kokomo Police Department and HCSD Warns of Click It or Ticket Patrols Later this month, KPD and HCSD 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 HCSD Sgt. Justin Markley. “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

See attached media release on Operation Law & Order https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdin/pr/kokomo-area-drug-trafficking-organization-dismantled

We will be hosting a Press Conference today to provide information on yesterday’s Operation Law and Order. The Press Conference is at 11 a.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall. The public is welcome. We plan to air the event on FaceBook Live.

KPD is conducting investigations where local businesses received counterfeit currency in exchange for merchandise. On April 13, at approximately 8:00 p.m., Domino’s Pizza, 2134 North Washington Street reported an employee delivered pizzas to a west side apartment complex and was paid with several counterfeit bills. The employee described the suspect as a white male, reddish/brown hair with facial hair and a thin build. On April 13, at approximately 10:00 p.m., Yogi’s Pizza, 220 West North Street, reported an incident of counterfeit money being used to pay for pizza. Yogi’s Pizza reported an employee delivered pizzas to the same west side apartment complex and was paid with several counterfeit bills. The suspect was described as a white male, 5-5 to 5-7” tall, 140-150 pounds, with reddish/brown hair with facial hair. Investigators obtained surveillance video from the apartment complex and made several still photos of the suspect and the suspect’s vehicle. Kokomo Police Department is asking for assistance with identification of this subject. Both of these investigations involved the passing of $20 denomination counterfeit currency. These cases remain under investigation and anyone who knows the identity of the suspect or has 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.

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.