VALUES, MISSION, AND GOALS
Values: The Bluffton Police Department has been entrusted with the duties and responsibilities to preserve, protect, and defend people and property and maintain social order. These public trusts mandate that all members exemplify the highest standard of conduct both on and off duty.
Mission: The Bluffton Police Department shall provide leadership, coordination and delivery of law enforcement support services for the protection and safety of the community.
Goals: The Bluffton Police Department shall maintain the highest standard of professional excellence. It shall deter criminal activity and seek, detect, and arrest offenders of the law. It shall enhance traffic safety, deter motor vehicle crashes, and enforce the Indiana Criminal Code, and the City of Bluffton Ordinances.
The Bluffton Police Department shall maximize compliance with state and local laws and ordinances providing support services to meet law enforcement and emergency needs. It shall provide the expertise and resources to educate the public in life safety and crime prevention.
The Bluffton Police Department we established in 1851 with paid night watchmen and has grown to a professional and well-trained agency of men and women. We have several specialized units that include DARE, K-9, Bike Patrol and Honor Guard, and are dedicated to providing the highest quality of professional Police service to the citizens and community of Bluffton.
CHILD RESTRAINT LAW Child Passenger Safety Is your child’s car seat properly installed? Did you know that approximately 90% of child safety seats are used incorrectly? Bluffton Police Department has 7 certified safety seat technicians that will inspect your car seat and make sure it’s installed properly. Call to make a FREE appointment with: Chief Huss, Officer Baker, Officer Archbold, Sergeant Gilbert, Officer Thomas, Officer Smith and Officer Xayyachack.
The Bluffton Police Department first began maintaining a K-9 unit in the fall of 1990 with Officer Jim Mettler and Schultz. In 1992 Robert Morgan and Prince, another German shepherd, were added to the program. Prince retired and was replaced by Reno, a Belgian Malinois. Officer Morgan retired in 2010, as did Reno.
Officer Greg Steele became the Bluffton Police Departments newest K-9 handler with his German shepherd, Deimos.
Bluffton Police Department K-9’s are certified through the North American Police Work-Dog Association. Training as a utility K-9 allows them to
- Search buildings for unwanted person
- Track lost children, adults or criminals
- Search areas for evidence related to crimes or hidden people
- Help apprehend fleeing criminals
Drug Abuse Resistance Education began in Wells County in 1988. It is a demand reduction curriculum presenting essential life skills. DARE Officers of the Bluffton Police Department include School Resource Officer Bruce Holland, Chief Tammy Schaffer and Sergeant Geoff Gilbert. DARE is taught in the Bluffton Harrison School district in first, fifth and sophomore levels. In addition, the DARE program is offered at Lancaster Elementary. SRO Holland is a member of the DARE Indiana training team, which has allowed him to train many officers throughout the region as well as Germany and Japan.
DARE in Wells County is a cooperative effort by Bluffton Police and Wells County Sheriffs department, allowing for over 17,000 students, to date, to receive the positive message that the program delivers. DARE Officer for the Wells County Sheriff’s Department is Michael Bailey. Ossian Dare Officer is Stephanie Tucker.
The Bluffton Police Department Bike Patrol began in 1997 with two officers. It has grown to six officers including Brent Archbold, Geoff Gilbert, Chip Swindell, Josh Smith, Jason Baker and Cliff Thomas.
Along with general patrol duties, the bike patrol is utilized to patrol the River Greenway, the annual Bluffton Free Street Fair and provide bicycle safety training as well as other special events.
The officers ride mountain bikes equipped with red and blue lights. The officers undergo an intensive 40 hour training and are International Police Mountain Bike Association certified.
The Bluffton Police Department Honor Guard was created with donations from local businesses, which covered the cost of the specialty uniforms. In return, they have made appearances at funerals, parades, basketball games and other special events. They were also honored to be asked to serve at the memorial service of the Late Governor O’Bannon and at a Summer Board meeting of the National League of Cities in 2012.
Honor Guard members include Sgt. Mike Miller, James Mettler (retired Sgt.), Officer Andy Ellis, Officer Josh Smith and Officer Cliff Thomas.
LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS (in no particular order)