The City of Crawfordsville, Indiana

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Crawfordsville Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office have a combined SWAT Unit that consists of 15 operators and three negotiators. Members of this unit attend a basic SWAT course and several specialized training courses, that pertain to the skills needed in incidents where special weapons, equipment and tactics may be necessary.


The K-9 unit has historically been funded by the generous support of our community through donations. 

In 2015 the K-9 Unit added K-9 Barrett, a German Shepherd, who serves along side his partner Officer Plant. In 2016 the department was fortunate enough to be able to add K-9 Drako, a Belgian Malinois German Shepherd mix handled by Lt. Keller. K-9 Drako was added through a K-9 giveback award and fund match from the city. Both dogs were imported from Europe and trained at FMK9 in Elkhart, IN. The dogs are dual purpose K-9s certified with their handlers through NAPWDA(North American Police Work Dog Association), in obedience, narcotic detection, area and building searches, tracking and criminal apprehension.

The K-9s are an invaluable asset to our Officers and the city. They are responsible for many arrests and perform duties that may not otherwise be possible. They also participate in school searches and perform public demonstrations. 

Anyone wishing to support the K-9 Unit can make a tax deductible donation to the Crawfordsville Police Department K-9 Fund.

Community Policing:

The Community Policing Department consists of three Officers. These Officers, weather permitting, visit various neighborhoods monthly with the goal of learning the neighbors concerns. These Officers are also available at multiple events to speak with the public and provide various services such as child fingerprinting and providing safety information.

Police Reserves:

The Police Reserve unit is a volunteer extension of the full time police division, that assist the full time force. These volunteer civilian personnel receive police training and supervision in police tactics.The members are required to complete the 40 hour pre-basic training offered by the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, and a one year probationary period where training is provided by a full time officer. They must also complete Use of Force training along with yearly in service training.

Duties of the police reserve unit as follows, but not limited to:

  • Ride-A-Long program during peak activity periods
  • Parade detail assisting with crowd control
  • Accident scene traffic assistance
Reserve Chief: Vern Rager
Reserve Assistant Chief: Garry Shillings
Reserve Patrolman: Chet Walker
Reserve Patrolman: Michael Holt
Reserve Patrolman: David Hunt

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