Don Roush

Flannelly is Lafayette's new police chief

Oct 18, 2012

An 18-year veteran is taking over as Lafayette's police chief.

Lieutenant Pat Flannelly will replace Don Roush, who is retiring at the end of the month to take a new position at Purdue.

Flannelly will work with the outgoing chief over the next week-and-a-half to transition into his new role.

Roush retiring as Lafayette police chief

Oct 1, 2012

Lafayette’s police chief is retiring after 26 years with the department.

Don Roush has been the lead officer for more than eight years, but is leaving to become the Assistant Director of the Weekend MBA program with Purdue’s Krannert School of Management.

He is most proud of some of the cultural changes while leading the department.

The Lafayette Police Department is showing off its new training center.

The facility is at South and 13th streets, the site of the former Ford School, in a building that was once the U.S. Army Reserve Center. The city bought the property, in part, to alleviate overcrowding at the police department.

Chief Don Roush hopes the building serves as a regional training facility for agencies in northwest Indiana.

Legislation Cracks Down on Spice and Bath Salts

Mar 15, 2012

Legislation drafted by a Lafayette lawmaker is now law.

Senator Ron Alting’s bill strengthening the ban on synthetic cannabanoids such as Spice and Bath Salts was signed Thursday by Governor Mitch Daniels.

Alting says the measure will likely serve as the standard for national laws.

Under the legislation, retailers who sell the synthetic drugs face losing their license for a year and individual workers could be prosecuted to up to eight years in jail.

Those who use the substances could face criminal charges similar to marijuana possession.

An ordinance requiring some Lafayette bar and restaurant owners to obtain a license for entertainment events is going back to the drawing board.

Police Chief Don Roush withdrew the proposal that would make it mandatory for these establishments to acquire permits before hosting such things as concerts.

He says the goal is to enhance public safety, but says there are still some parts of the measure that need fine tuning.

The annual license would be required for venues with 250-people or more, and establishments also would need special event permits.

LPD Prepares for Old Ford School Move-In

Jan 3, 2012

The Lafayette Police Department expects to start using its new training facility sometime next spring.

The LPD is moving some operations into the old Ford School at 14th and South Streets.

Chief Don Roush says the building will benefit departments throughout the region.

Lafayette bought the facility this fall from the Lafayette School Corporation.

Roush says it also will be used for office space, including some street crime investigation units.

He expects about 15 staff members to work out of the facility.