Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Local News

October 9, 2012

Kokomo police begin patrols of annexed areas

Getting acquainted with patrolling areas like Indian Heights is no easy task.

That duty has fallen on the shoulders of the Kokomo Police Department, after the city annexed several areas including Indian Heights, Ivy Hills, Timber Valley, Stoney Creek, Terrace Meadows and Orleans Southwest earlier this year.

The number of winding streets around the neighborhoods can be tricky for those officers who are not accustomed to those areas. So when city police officers took over the area last week, it took a little while to get accustomed to the new territory.

“We specifically assigned officers to the new districts ahead of time to get acclimated with the people and the new streets,” said Sgt. Tom Mygrant, day shift supervisor.

“We haven’t had any problems yet and not too many calls for service so far.”

As for the Indian Heights area, Mygrant said there are several officers assigned to the area. With the patrol cars equipped with Think Map, an Internet mapping system, officers haven’t had any problems navigating the winding and sometimes confusing layout of the neighborhood, he said.

Calls for service in those areas from 911 and from the non-emergency number, 765-459-5101, are now being handled by the Kokomo Police Department.

In addition, some services including copies of incident reports, accident reports, mo-ped and bicycle licenses, and criminal history background checks are provided at the Kokomo Police Department substation, located at Kokomo Fire Station No. 2, 508 E. Center Road.

“This substation was created to ensure those in the annexed area are receiving the same services as other Kokomo citizens,” said Police Chief Rob Baker.

“It’s going pretty smooth so far,” Baker said of the added districts.

The department has 106 officers and more may be added as some officers ready for retirement, he said.

The substation at Center Road will be manned Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. A direct line to police dispatch is available 24 hours a day in the lobby.

“The police department has been planning for months and has worked with Howard County Sheriff Department dispatch services to make this transition go as smooth as possible,” Police Maj. Brian Seldon said.

“We look forward to serving these areas and providing the best police services as possible.”

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight is pleased with how the coverage plan came together.

“The department did a great job getting the plan in place,” Goodnight said. “We will provide the same solid police coverage to these new citizens that current citizens are used to. The use of a substation will provide another location for citizens to get the help they need as well.”

The switch from sheriff deputies to city police will also benefit people living in the outlying areas of the county, said Sheriff Steve Rogers.

“Initially our calls for service will be down, which is a good thing for us and the people living in places like Plevna,” Rogers said. “Places like Plevna and fair-reaching areas will see more patrol cars.

“It’s not like we won’t have anything to do,” he continued. “We still have civil process, serving warrants and sex offender registry checks as well as patrols. The county didn’t get any smaller. We still have 26 miles, the length of the county, to patrol, and 11 miles to the north and south,” he continued. “Hopefully, we’ll have a higher police presence.”

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • NES plans kindergarten round-up Northwestern Elementary School is planning its kindergarten round-up for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday. To qualify for kindergarten enrollment, a child must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1. Parents must bring their child's birth certificate, immunizat

    April 19, 2014

  • NSC establishes number of transfers Northwestern School Corp. has decided how many transfer students the district can accept next school year in compliance with the state's relatively new open enrollment law. This is the first time Northwestern has announced vacancies at each grade lev

    April 19, 2014

  • Kokomo man heading to 'Hoosier Millionaire' finale Rick Rhodes is still having a hard time believing his good fortune. On Thursday, the 53-year-old Kokomo man walked away with $13,500 after beating out five other contestants on the “Hoosier Millionaire” live road show in Fort Wayne. “I’m still in sho

    April 18, 2014

  • Dual Credit classes KACC 02 Dual credits give high school students head start on college More area students are enrolling in dual credit classes as a way to get an early start on their college degrees and prepare for the rigor of higher education while still in high school. In the past five years, the number of college credits earned by

    April 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • Email, Internet knocked out at Miami Co. Courthouse PERU -- Basic government services were put on hold for the second time in nearly two months in Miami County after a massive server failure once again knocked out Internet and email access in most departments and offices. The crash hit early last week

    April 18, 2014

  • Early voting underway in Miami Co. PERU -- Miami County officials are reminding residents that early voting is now open for the primary election. Early voting started April 8 and will end May 5, one day before Election Day. Early voting is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every weekday at t

    April 18, 2014

  • Jackson Street Commons veterans home grand opening set for May 22 Jackson Street Commons, a home for veterans near downtown Kokomo, will host a grand opening May 22. The new $3.6 million facility, located at 322 E. Jackson St., provides permanent housing to 27 previously homeless veterans, said Judy Dennis, executi

    April 18, 2014

  • YMCA nearing design phase completion Development and design of the new 73,000 square foot YMCA should be completed in the next 30 days, YMCA of Kokomo Executive Director David Dubois told the Kokomo Common Council Monday. Dubois said he hopes to begin construction on the new facility by

    April 18, 2014

  • NHS, PJHS named four-star schools Northwestern High School and Peru Jr. High School have found their place among the top schools in the state, with the Indiana Department of Education recognizing them as four-star schools Tuesday. A total of 311 elementary, middle and high schools we

    April 18, 2014

  • NWS-PT041614 Flora Doc1.jpg [Duplicate] The doctor is still in after health group's departure FLORA -- The safe at a downtown bank building, once used for protecting cash and valuables, is now stocked with medical supplies. The former bank office on East Main Street became Flora Family Medicine last month after it was made possible for one lo

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Obituaries