Full Time Officers

S-1 Tom Fitch

Tom M Fitch II

Shipshewana 1 – Town Marshall

Tom M. Fitch II has been with the Shipshewana Police Department since his appointment as Chief Deputy in 1999. He has served as Town Marshal since his promotion in March 2002. Marshal Fitch holds an Associates of Science in Law Enforcement, Bachelor of Science in Criminology and a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Indiana State University. Marshal Fitch is an Indiana Law Enforcement Academy graduate of Basic Class 1996126. Tom is a General Instructor, Firearms Instructor, RADAR Instructor, O.C. Instructor and Taser instructor. In August 2007 Marshal Fitch received his Master Instructor Certificate from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Marshal Fitch is also a Certified Accident Reconstructionist through Northwestern University. He is also a certified Breathalyzer operator through the Indiana University Department of Toxicology and a Certified Voice Stress Operator. Marshal Fitch is also a graduate of the Fort Wayne SWAT School, Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Observer Sniper Schools. His law enforcement background includes working as Investigator for the LaGrange County Prosecutors Office, Jail officer with the LaGrange County Jail and as a Deputy Marshal with the LaGrange Police Department.

S-2 Carlos Jasso

J Carlos Jasso

Shipshewana 2 – Sergeant

J. Carlos Jasso started as a Reserve Deputy with the Shipshewana Police Department in June of 2002. In March of 2004 Deputy Jasso was hired as a Full-Time Deputy. Currently Carlos Jasso serves as a Sergeant in the Shipshewana Police Department. Jasso is a 2004 Graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Class 2004281 , where he achieved Top Firearms Proficiency and Top Academic Status. Jasso is currently an Indiana Law Enforcement Academy General Instructor and Defensive Tactics Instructor. Jasso is also certified in Accident Investigation I, II, III, Krav Maga Instructor and is a Certified Voice Stress Operator. Jasso was previously a K-9 handler for the Shipshewana Police Department, where he was handler for K-9’s Alister and Zander.

S-3 Nick Byroad

Nicholas M Byroad

Shipshewana 3 – Corporal

Nicholas M. Byroad was appointed as a Reserve Deputy Marshal in 2006 and was hired as a Full-Time Deputy in May of 2007. In 2007, Byroad graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy 2007324. Deputy Byroad served eight years in the United States Army ending his time as a Specialist. Byroad served one tour of duty in Iraq, where he worked as a Bradley Gunner. Prior to his employment with the Shipshewana Police Department, Byroad worked as a LaGrange County Jail Officer. Deputy Byroad is an Indiana Law Enforcement General Instructor, Emergency Vehicle Operations Instructor and a certified R.A.D. Kids Instructor. Byroad has been certified as a Taser Instructor in the past. Currently Deputy Byroad is in charge of the r.a.d. Kids Program for the Shipshewana Police Department. Nicholas is our current K-9 Handler for K-9 Yogi.

S-4 Brandon Hooley

Brandon M Hooley

Shipshewana 4 – Deputy

Brandon M. Hooley started with the Shipshewana Police Department in 2009 as a Deputy Marshal. Deputy Hooley has worked full-time as a Sergeant in Corrections for the LaGrange County Jail for 5 years, prior to becoming full-time for the Shipshewana Police Department. Deputy Hooley served in the United States Marine Corp as a Corporal for 6 years, during this time Hooley had several deployments. While serving a tour of duty in Iraq Hooley was injured during an I.E.D. attack and was awarded the Purple Heart. Deputy Hooley has passed and was President of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academies Basic Course 20142202 in July of 2014. Hooley is a general instructor and firearms instructor and has been certified in ILEA Rifle Instructor School, Taser Instructor, Interview and Interrogation to mention just a few of his training accomplishments

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Katie Neidemire

Shipshewana 5 – Deputy

I’ve been a Deputy with Shipshewana Police Department since September 11,2017. I have an Associates degree in Criminal Justice from Trine University. I graduated from Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 2018. Before SPD I was a Correctional Officer and Victims Assistance Director. I’m a certified Sexual Assault Advocate as well as a certified School Resource Officer, STOPS instructor, ALICE instructor, and a General Instructor through Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.

Jackie Diekman

Jacqueline M Ross

Shipshewana 6 – Deputy

Jacqueline M. Diekman started as a Full-Time Deputy with the Shipshewana Police Department in January of 2019. Deputy Diekman received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Northern Michigan University in May of 2013. Diekman has over 5 years of prior experience with the LaGrange County Jail as a Jail Officer and the LaGrange County Probation Department as a Probation Officer. Deputy Diekman graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in September 2019, Class 2019218. Diekman is an Indiana Law Enforcement General Instructor and Defensive Tactics Instructor. Deputy Diekman has received certifications through Protective Training Services, LLC., Krav Maga Worldwide, Inc., KPCT, ALICE and RAD in her first year with the Shipshewana Police Department.

Reserve Officers

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Samuel Sharp

Shipshewana 14 – Deputy

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Delmar L Chupp

Shipshewana 8 – Deputy

Deputy Chupp has been in with the Shipshewana Police Department since March of 2013. Deputy Chupp had previously worked for the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department as a Reserve Officer for 10 years prior to working in Shipshewana. Currently Deputy Chupp is a Corporal with the LaGrange County Jail. Chupp is considered a Class 1 Officer according to department standards. Deputy Chupp has attended and been certified in the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Pre-Basic Course, Basic Taser, Basic Oleoresin Capsicum (OC), Basic Firearms, Basic Defensive Tactics and Basic Emergency Vehicle Operations to mention just a few of his trainings.

Mack Grobis

Shipshewana 11 – Deputy

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S-6 Andrew Kniller

Andrew M Kniller

Shipshewana 7 – Deputy

Andy M. Kniller started with the Shipshewana Police Department in 2006 as a Deputy Marshal. Deputy Kniller worked for the Elkhart Sheriff’s Department three years prior to coming to the Shipshewana Police Department in 2006. Deputy Kniller has worked as a Full-Time Deputy in the past and is considered to be a Class 1 Officer by department standards. Deputy Kniller has received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Indiana University South Bend in Criminology. Deputy Kniller has specialty training in several areas including K-9 Decoy School and has attended and been certified in the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Pre-Basic Course, Basic Taser, Basic Oleoresin Capsicum (OC), Basic Firearms, Basic Defensive Tactics and Basic Emergency Vehicle Operations to mention just a few of his training.

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Brock Bergman

Shipshewana 12 – Deputy

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Jeff Perkins Class A

Jeffrey Perkins

Shipshewana 10 – Deputy

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Terry Williams Class A

Terrance A. Williams

Shipshewana 13 – Deputy

Deputy Williams has been with the Shipshewana Police Department since March 2018. Deputy Williams has attended and been certified in the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Pre-Basic Course, Basic Taser, Basic Oleoresin Capsicum (OC Spray), Basic Firearms, Basic Defensive Tactics, and Basic Emergency Vehicle Operations to mention just a few of his training accomplishments. Deputy Williams is a certified ALICE instructor. Deputy Williams is a graduate of Crown Point High School, holds an Associate and Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, hold a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Indiana University, and hold a Master’s degree in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Jon Maurer Class A

Jonathon Maurer

Shipshewana 9 – Deputy

Reserve Officer Maurer started as a Reserve with the Shipshewana Police department the beginning of April 2019. Reserve Officer Maurer have been trained in the ILEA Pre-basic course, basic firearms, basic defensive tactics, EVO, and O.C.

Chaplain

Matt Gingerich

Police Chaplain and Reserver Police Officer – PC5

Matthew Gingerich started with the Shipshewana Police Department in 2010 as the Shipshewana Police and Fire Chaplain. Chaplain Gingerich is also certified through the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy with arrest powers. Gingerich also serves as the Shipshewana Fire Chaplain. Chaplain Gingerich is the Head Pastor at the Eden Worship Church in Honeyville, Indiana. Chaplain Gingerich has training through the International Association of Police Chaplains.

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