Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department

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The candidates for Tippecanoe County Sheriff held their only debate Wednesday night before a crowd at Harrison High School. Bob Goldsmith and Jason Dombkowski agreed on almost everything…except for which one has the most relevant experience.

The Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Lieutenant and West Lafayette Police Chief are running for the same office on very similar platforms.

What this race will come down to, both say, is what leadership style the people trust to make those things happen.

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Tippecanoe County Sheriff candidate Bob Goldsmith pushed Thursday for a mental health program for first responders in his first appearance since his candidacy was confirmed.

Goldsmith has worked in the sheriff’s department for 19 years and says many officers struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, but are taught to compartmentalize those feelings.

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The Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department debuted its new use-of-force training technology Wednesday. The training involves setting up mock situations via video to prepare its officers for real-life noncompliance.

Deputy Sheriff Austin Waibel demonstrated, giving verbal commands and shooting an armed burglar -- while standing in front of a screen set up in a training room at the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department.

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As weather forecasts call for more rain and warm temperatures this week, county officials have extended their warning to stay out of creeks and rivers.

Lafayette Fire Department Special Operations Chief Randy Evans says moving waterways like the Wabash and Tippecanoe Rivers and Wildcat Creek have become dangerous as the speed of their currents has increased in recent days.

He says the creeks hold more water in a confined space, and that turns them into rapids.

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Update, 1:10 p.m.: All public safety phone lines are fully functional at this time.

Phone lines at Tippecanoe County’s public safety departments spent most of this morning running on a backup system to receive non-emergency calls.

West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis says a power outage at the county jail knocked out a phone server, and took down the non-emergency lines.

Tippecanoe County Sheriff Barry Richard says though the primary line went out, a secondary system took over for the administrative phones.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: A picture later in this story shows a redacted version of the hacked website. It contains content that is likely to be considered offensive.

4:15 p.m. UPDATE:

Tippecanoe School Corporation officials now say a teacher's password was used improperly to gain access to an e-mail account and the teacher's website.

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Two local law enforcement agencies are joining police departments across the nation in equipping officers with an antidote to heroin overdoses.

But not everyone agrees allowing police to administer Narcan is the best response to an increase in heroin use.

West Lafayette Police Chief Jason Dombkowski says heroin wasn’t really on the department’s radar until February. That’s when a Purdue student died from a heroin overdose. And while the incident occurred in Lafayette, Dombkowski realized the department needed to be better prepared to address drug use.

Improved Health Care In The Works For County Jail Inmates

Feb 4, 2015
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Inmates at the Tippecanoe County Jail could soon have access to expanded health care services.

Newly-elected sheriff Barry Richard is continuing with a proposal that was in the works before he took office.

Richard presented a 14-page proposal to County Commissioners last month in his first meeting in his new role.

In addition to making an outside company responsible for keeping the three nursing positions staffed, the plan calls for expanded mental health services.

Lafayette bicyclist dies after hit and run

May 20, 2013
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A bicyclist who was the victim of a hit and run has died.

The Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department reports 62 year old Rodney Smith of Lafayette suffered serious injuries Tuesday, May 14 at 7:21 p.m. He died Sunday as a result of those injuries.

Detectives say a utility van struck him on the Davis Ferry Bridge on North 9th Street. The driver stopped briefly, exited his vehicle, and then returned to it and drove south on North 9th Street Road. 

Sheriff's deputy awarded department's highest honor

May 14, 2013

A Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Deputy is being awarded the department’s highest honor.

Randall Martin received the Medal of Valor for rescuing a seven-month old child who was trapped in a vehicle in a crash on U.S. 231 South near Romney.

Martin broke through the rear window and pulled the baby boy from the burning car and handed him off to a fellow rescuer.

Sheriff Tracy Brown says Martin performed his duties in the face of great danger.

The infant’s mother was killed in the June 4th, 2012 accident.