Wabash Police Department

  • Agency: Wabash Police Department
  • Address: 1340 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, 46992 IN
  • Chief: Charles Smith (Chief of Police)

Wabash Police Department is located at 1340 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, 46992 IN. The Chief of Police of the department is Charles Smith. The Wabash Police Department phone number is (260) 563-1112.

Wabash Police Department News

A local reminder to all motorists.

Theft Leads to Pursuit On October 30, 2018, at approximately 11:07 p.m. Wabash City Police were dispatched to Papa Johns located at 1308 N Cass Street in reference to a theft that had just occurred. A description of the suspects and the suspect vehicle was given to responding officers. Captain Chad Galligan observed the vehicle near Stitt and Cass Street. Captain Galligan attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle and the suspect vehicle fled. A vehicle pursuit began traveling South on Wabash Street and continued South of St RD 15 exiting the city. Wabash County Sheriff’s Deputy deployed stop sticks near St Rd 15 and 700 South. The suspect vehicle did hit the stop sticks, but continued southbound. The suspect vehicle finally stopped near St Rd 15 and 800 South in Wabash County. Two suspects were taken into custody without further incident. Captain Galligan reported, just before the pursuit began the suspect vehicle stopped at Village Pantry located near Stitt/Cass and a female exited the suspect vehicle. Officer Blanton detained the female at Village Pantry. Wabash City Police preliminarily arrested: Ryan R. Moon, 21, Ft. Wayne, for Resisting Law Enforcement with a Motor Vehicle, Operator Never Licensed, Reckless Driving, and two warrants: Parole Warrant and Probation Violation out of Allen County. Dianna L. Moon, 54, Ft. Wayne, Warrant for Failure to Appear out of Grant County Aletha N. Royal, 33, Marion, Two counts of Theft. The investigation did lead to a fourth person. Paperwork was forwarded to the Wabash County Prosecutor’s Office for narcotic related charges on this person. Officers Treska, Hays, and members of the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department assisted in this incident. The three subjects were taken to Wabash County Jail. A criminal charge is merely an accusation. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. Cpt. Matt A. Benson Public Information Officer

Halloween Safety The Wabash City Police would like to remind everyone that Trick or Treat hours for the City of Wabash are October 31, 2018 5-8 p.m. We would also like to offer a few Halloween safety tips. -Trick or treating should be done with adult supervision or in groups. -Make sure your costume does not restrict your vision when walking door to door. -If you are trick or treating after dark have reflective material on you costume. -Only go to houses which you know. -Parents please inspect all treats before your children eat them. -MOTORISTS Please be cautious and slow down when driving the streets on Halloween. Remember children are going to be in and out of the streets frequently. -PARENTS Please be cautious as you and your children are walking on Halloween. The City of Wabash Still has several improvements to many areas of the city. There are uneven pavements, missing sidewalks, curbs, and drop offs where streets and sewers are being upgraded. Please use caution. If you find anything suspicious please contact your local law enforcement. The Wabash City Police hope everyone has a safe Halloween.

October 01, 2018 Pursuits Ends in Miami County At approximately 6:14 p.m. Officer Kody Case observed Billy E. Hawkins III, near Vernon St and Columbus Street. Officer Case confirmed Hawkins was a wanted subject out of Huntington County on a Felony Failure to Appear Warrant for Operating While Intoxicated. Officer Case activated his red/blue emergency lights attempting to stop the vehicle. Hawkins fled the scene and a pursuit began. The pursuit went Southbound on Vernon Street and continued South on St. Rd 13 turning Westbound on St Rd 18. The pursuit continued Westbound on St Rd 18 until reaching St Rd 19 where Hawkins then turned North on St Rd 19. The pursuit ended near St Rd 19 and 500 E in Miami County within a few feet of Stop Sticks that had been deployed. Hawkins, 24, Lagro, was taken to Wabash County Jail for: Huntington County Warrant( Failure to Appear for Felony Operating While Intoxicated and Possession of Paraphernalia), Criminal Recklessness, Reckless Driving, and Resisting Law Enforcement with a Motor Vehicle. Assisting Agencies were Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, Converse Police, and Indiana State Police. A criminal charge is merely an accusation. Every defendant is innocent until and unless proven guilty. Cpt. Matt A. Benson Public Information Officer

Brandt Memorial Ride Route has changed due to road construction The annual Waldo and Steve Brandt Memorial ride will take place on September 30, 2018. This ride is in remembrance of Waldo and Steve Brandt. The ride will depart Brandt’s Harley Davidson at 12:00 Noon. The motorcyclists will exit Brandt’s Harley Davidson and turn Southbound on Cass St. The riders will travel South on Cass St to the downtown area. The riders will turn East on Canal St and travel to Miami St. The riders will then turn South on Wabash St. from Miami St. The riders will continue on Wabash St and turn South on St Rd 13 and exit the City. Motorists traveling through these areas during this time should expect long delays at intersections.

Lloyd Joins WPD Jacob N. Lloyd joined the Wabash City Police Department on September 17, 2018. Officer Lloyd was raised in Wabash, Indiana. Officer Lloyd is a 2015 graduate of Southwood High School. Officer Lloyd attended Jackson College on a baseball scholarship to study criminal justice. Officer Lloyd was previously a Wabash County Jail Officer since September of 2016. Officer Lloyd has already been through 40 hour pre basic course and has qualified with his firearm. Officer Lloyd will be on 2nd shift until he attends the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 2019. Officer Lloyd married Katelin(Vogel) Lloyd on September 22, 2018. Officer Lloyd and his new bride reside in Wabash County. Officer Lloyd is the son of Dan and Marie Lloyd.

The Wabash City Police are assisting Wabash High School with their Homecoming Parade this afternoon. The parade starts at 4:30 p.m. The parade will be traveling Northbound on Miami Street to Harrison. The route turns Eastbound on Harrison to Wabash St. The parade then turns North on Wabash to Euclid where it then travels Westbound to Alber. The Parade turns South on Alber and ends at the Wabash High School Football Field. If you are traveling through these areas please expect delays at the intersections.

The Founder's Day Festival and Parade is quickly approaching. The parade will be forming and lining up on South Carroll Street starting at 8:00 a.m. The parade route is starting at 10:00 a.m. The parade will be starting at Carroll Street and Canal Street. The parade will be going East on Canal, North on Allen, West on Market ending at the Honeywell Center. Motorists please be aware that during these times many streets and intersections will be closed. If you cannot attend the festivities and are traveling through these areas please expect delays in your travel. Please plan accordingly. We hope to see everyone this Saturday enjoying the festivities in the City of Wabash.

The Wabash City Police thank the members of the Living Faith Church for thinking of our officers on September 11. The cookies and bags of candy were a big hit. The blankets you made will be utilized at crash scenes and other incidents. Thank you for your continued support of the Wabash City Police.

Stabbing Investigated On August 31, 2018, at approximately11:20 p.m. Wabash City Police responded to the area of Wabash Street and Canal Street for large disturbance. Wabash Police arrived to find that inside Smitty’s Bar located at 10 E. Canal Street there were two injured subjects. One subject was had a laceration to the head and was treated by Wabash City Fire Department Medics. The other male subject had an apparent stab wound to the upper torso. This male was also treated by Wabash City Fire Department Medics and transported to a Ft. Wayne hospital by Lutheran Air. The stabbing victim is currently is critical condition. The Wabash City Police are currently asking for help in locating Chad H. Jackson, a person of interest in this investigation. Jackson is 31 years of age, white, male, 5-09, 180, and blonde hair. If you know see Jackson or know where he might be located please contact the Wabash City Police at 260-563-1111. For your safety if you see Jackson do not approach, but call the police. This is an active investigation and no further information will be released at this time. A criminal charge is merely an accusation. Every defendant or person of interest is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. Cpt. Matt A. Benson Public Information Officer

The Wabash City Police will be training at the Wabash High School today. There may be a large number of first responders at the school. Again, this is active shooter training only.

Officer Blanton Promoted to First Class Patrolman Officer Paige M. Blanton joined the Wabash City Police Department on July 24, 2017. Officer Blanton graduated the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy class 18-213. During the last year Officer Blanton has been exposed to hundreds of training including criminal law, defensive tactics, traffic law, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, actives shooter, tactical rescue training, taser, chemical weapons, and patrol rifle training. Officer Blanton is currently on 3rd shift patrol. Officer Blanton has recently moved to the City of Wabash.

Hays Hired as New Officer On July 02, 2018, the Wabash City Police hired Officer John T. Hays as a Wabash City Police Officer. Officer Hays was born and raised in Wabash County. Officer Hays is a 2010 graduate of Northfield High School. Hays obtained a bachelors degree from Ivy Tech in criminal justice in 2013. Hays joined the Lawrence Police Department in January 2015. Hays is a graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy class 15-205. Hays brings three years of law enforcement experience to the Wabash City Police. Hays is a certified Traffic Crash Reconstructionist, an ATF gun liaison officer, and is a certified breath test operator. Hays is currently on patrol on third shift. Hays is currently living back in Wabash County with his wife Sloan. Cpt. Matt A. Benson Public Information Officer

Officer Greg Music Retires 34 Years Gregory D. Music hired on the Wabash City Police Department on January 27, 1984. Officer Music attended and graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy class 84-79. During Officer Music’s tenure he has worked all three shifts at the Wabash City Police Department. Officer Music has completed thousands of hours of training during his career including BAC Datamaster School, active shooter, and yearly mandated training. Officer Music was a twenty year member of the Fraternal Order of Police. Officer Music was hired under Chief of Police John Draper. During Officer Music’s career he has seen many changes including working for seven police chiefs. Officer Music is a life long resident of Wabash and graduate of Wabash High School. Officer Music can now join his wife Terri Music as both are now retired Wabash City Police Officers. The Wabash City Police wish Officer Music a well deserved retirement. Officer Music joins Captain John Burnsworth in recent retirements. The Wabash City Police have now lost 75 years of combined law enforcement experience between these two officers.

Indiana Fireworks Laws A person may use fireworks on their own property or having received permission from the property owner. A person must be at least eighteen (18) years of age to possess or use fireworks unless a responsible adult is present. Fireworks are not permitted on city property. Times for legal consumer fireworks discharges are as follows: Holidays (Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, New Years Eve) 9:00 a.m. to Midnight. Fireworks may be discharged between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. on all other days. The Wabash City Police urge citizens to use extreme caution when discharging fireworks. Reckless behavior causing serious injury to someone else could lead to criminal prosecution. The Wabash City Police are asking all citizens be considerate of their neighbor’s property when discharging fireworks. Close supervision of all children around fireworks will help prevent subsequent injury. Wabash City Fireworks are on July 3rd at dusk with a rain date of July 6th. Cpt.Matt A. Benson Public Information Officer

2018 Click It or Ticket Results Members of the Wabash City Police Department participated in the 2018 Click It or Ticket Campaign. During this 24 day enforcement period 123 citations were issued and 3 criminal arrests were made. This overtime period is made possible by the Federal Traffic Safety funds and organized by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. According to statistics traffic crashes are the leading killer of children ages 1 to 13. With summer travel fully underway, police urge motorists to buckle up every trip, every time. Captain Chad Galligan states “enforcement of traffic laws intends to prevent crashes, injuries, and deaths to members of our community.” Wabash City Police wish everyone a safe and enjoyable summer. Cpt. Matt A. Benson Public Information Officer

In honor of Indiana State Police Master Trooper David Rich The Wabash City Police joined area law enforcement attending Southwood High School graduation. Congratulations Lauren Rich. Your law enforcement family is proud of you.

Although Police Week is over, the Wabash City Police thank the citizens of Wabash for their continued support of local law enforcement. Members of the Wabash City Police Department greatly appreciated the kind words of gratitude, cards, cookies, cup cakes, lunches, and the cake. All of these were well received by members of the the Wabash City Police. Thank You again for the ongoing support of the Wabash City Police Department. Cpt. Matt A. Benson Public Information Officer

National Police Week May 13-19th National Police Week begins today. In 1962 President John F. Kennedy designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day. According to recent statistics, in the United States there were 128 police officers killed in the line of duty in 2017. Unfortunately, already in 2018 there have been 53 police officers killed in the line of duty. National Police week is a way to honor the fallen and remember them. Throughout the week it is encouraged for citizens to show support for law enforcement officers who risk their lives daily to protect the citizens they serve. Support can come in many ways such as illuminating your porch with a blue light or tie a blue ribbon your car. The Wabash City Police is very proud to serve the citizens of Wabash and will strive to do our best. The Wabash City Police thank the citizens of Wabash for the ongoing support they provide to local law enforcement. Cpt. Matt A. Benson Public Information Officer

Officers Promoted Due to the recent retirement of Captain John Burnsworth two officers have been promoted. Chad Galligan was recently promoted to Captain. Patrolman Galligan joined the Wabash City Police Department in 2000. Patrolman Galligan was promoted to Corporal in 2011 which he held until 2016. Corporal Galligan was promoted Sergeant in 2016 which he held that position until 2018. Captain Galligan is an Indiana Law Enforcement Instructor, Taser Instructor, and Operation Pullover Coordinator. Captain Galligan was awarded Wabash City Police Officer of the year in 2009 and Fraternal Order of Police Member of the year in 2013. Captain Galligan will be in charge of 3rd shift uniform patrol. Andy Johnson was also promoted to Sergeant. Patrolman Johnson was hired by the Wabash City Police Department in 2016. However, Patrolman Johnson had over ten years of law enforcement experience with the Peru Police Department. Sergeant Johnson is a lifelong resident of Wabash County and Northfield graduate. Sergeant Johnson is a Vincennes University graduate holding an A.S. Degree in Law Enforcement. Sergeant Johnson is a graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy 06-165. Sergeant Johnson is married and has three children. Sergeant Johnson will be the take over the position of 3rd shift uniform Sergeant.

Click It or Ticket Begins 2018 The Wabash City Police will join forces with many law enforcement agencies across Indiana to increase patrols and enforcement of seat belt laws. This increased enforcement period will be begin later in the month and will include the Memorial Day holiday. Indiana’s seat belt law began thirty years ago. Many ask why enforce seat belt laws? The bottom line is that seatbelts saves lives. In 2016, there were 10,428 unbuckled motorists killed in auto crashes in the United States. As first responders to the scene of many crash scenes we just want motorists to buckle up. Remember that everyone in the vehicle must be buckled in and anyone under the age of 16 are the driver’s responsibility. Indiana law also requires that all children age 8 and under are required to be in an approved car seat or booster seat. Please remember to take three seconds and buckle up for your safety. Cpt. Matt A. Benson Public Information Officer

Our thoughts and prayers are with our law enforcement family in Terre Haute.

Captain John Burnsworth Retires 41 Years of Service John Burnsworth joined the Wabash City Police Department as a patrolman on April 25, 1977. Patrolman Burnsworth graduated the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in class 77-47. In 1989 Patrolman Burnsworth was promoted to Sergeant until 1992 when he was again promoted to the rank of Captain. Captain Burnsworth worked all three shifts on patrol until he was promoted to the Assistant Chief in 1995. Under Mayor McCallen John Burnsworth was appointed to Chief of Police in 1997. After the completion of Mayor McCallen’s term Burnsworth returned to the rank of Captain. Captain Burnsworth has held that position for the duration of his career at the Wabash City Police Department. Captain Burnsworth was the firearms instructor for the Wabash City Police Department for many years. Captain Burnsworth has logged thousands of hours of training in 41 years of service. Captain Burnsworth completed sniper school training at Camp Atterbury and completed Harley Davidson police motor school through Northwestern University. During Captain Burnsworth’s extensive career he has served the citizen’s of Wabash in many capacities. Captain Burnsworth has served on the Wabash County Community Corrections Board, Wabash Falls Cemetery Board, S.A.L. American Legion Post 15, Elks-Wabash, Treasurer of Wabash Wildlife Association, 40 year member and current treasurer of the Fraternal Order of Police #83, and Wabash Little League Coach. In 2001, the World Police and Fire Games were held in Indianapolis Indiana. Captain Burnsworth competed and medaled in the firearms competition. Captain Burnsworth was awarded Fraternal Order of Police member of the year in 2009. Captain Burnsworth is a gun and ammunition enthusiast. To date, Captain Burnsworth’s tenure is the longest active and consecutive years at Wabash City Police Department. The Wabash City Police Department thanks Captain Burnsworth for his years of dedicated service to the City of Wabash. On behalf of the Wabash City Police Department we wish Captain Burnsworth and his wife Lori a happy retirement.