A solution needs to be found
As a retired Deputy Sheriff with 35 years of experience in Rush County Law Enforcement. I now find myself a Seasoned Citizen of Rushville who must rely on the Rushville Police Department to deter crime and protect our families. I am deeply concerned about the defacto revolving door policy of the Rushville Police Department. As Law Enforcement goes, The Rushville Police Department and the Rush County Sheriff’s Department are dead ends for Police Officers. The pay and benefits are limited due to budget constraints, the chances of promotion are minimal, and usually these promotions turn out to be more of a headache than they are worth. Yet, with few exceptions, it seems that Deputies serve until retirement but City Police Officers come and go at an alarming rate. Why??
The hiring of new Police Officers is like watching Newlyweds. Will they celebrate a Golden Anniversary or a nasty divorce, only time will tell. The entry requirements for the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy are stringent and demanding, so much so that not just anyone can be hired. The 14 week Boot-Camp/ Basic Training type of atmosphere at the Academy requires complete dedication both physically and mentally. It is incumbent upon the City Administration to create an environment for the retention of such highly trained Academy Graduates. The Chief of Police only has so much control of the atmosphere within the Police Department and needs the cooperation of Rushville’s Elected Officials.
The world has become a very dangerous place and civilization has a nasty way of filtering down from the big cities to small towns. We need Officers who not only know the law, but have the street experience to prevent or stop crime against citizens. It usually takes 3-5 years of patrol experience to make a really proficient Police Officer.