Hancock County Sheriff's Office

Hancock County Sheriff Brad Burkhart

Sheriff Brad Burkhart would like to welcome you to the Sheriff's Department website for Hancock County Indiana.

This website provides a variety of resources and information about this office and its functions, facilities, and services provided.

If you are unable to find what you need using the top menu or list of links, please use the search field.

PLEASE NOTE: During Continued Covid-19 conditions, our offices are open, however we do require a mask to enter the building.

You can reach us @ 317-477-1147 with any questions.   You can also utilize any of the listed web-sites.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding at this time.

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                         On July 20, 2020, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration launched the Be Well Crisis Helpline, a confidential resource now available through Indiana 211 that allows Indiana residents to call and speak with a trained counselor 24/7. This free resource was established by FSSA’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction in direct response to the elevated levels of mental health-related issues, including stress, anxiety and depression, that Hoosiers are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By calling 2-1-1 (and selecting 3 within the Mental Health queue), callers will connect with an experienced and compassionate counselor specially trained to help with issues triggered or worsened by COVID-19, including providing support and resources, and promoting personal resiliency.

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August 2020

Hancock County Sheriff's Office has transitioned to Project Lifesaver.  

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Project Lifesaver is a 501 (C)(3) community based, public safety, non-profit organization that provides law enforcement, fire/rescue, and caregivers with a program designed to protect, and when necessary, quickly locate individuals with cognitive disorders who are prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering. The organization was founded in 1999 in Chesapeake, Virginia. The necessity of this program was determined through the correlation between cognitive conditions and the act of wandering.  With the dramatic increase of cognitive conditions since the inception of the organization, the program has grown from a localized program to a program recognized internationally as a proven and effective method of “bringing loved ones home.”

Project Lifesaver was the first to apply such locating techniques to aid in the search and rescue of individuals, and is the most widely used and proven most effective program in the nation that is specifically designed to protect the “At Risk” populations in our communities. The program was structured in a way that strategically combined state of the art locating technologies, innovative search and rescue methods, and community policing courses that educated first responders about cognitive conditions. The search times for certified Project Lifesaver agencies have been reduced from hours, potentially days, down to minutes.  Recovery times for Project Lifesaver agencies average 30 minutes, which is 95% less time than standard operations without Project Lifesaver.

 

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July 27,2020

Effective July 27, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. Governor Holcomb’s executive order mandating the use of face masks went into effect.

As your Elected Sheriff this letter serves as confirmation that the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and its deputies will NOT be enforcing

the executive order requiring the use of face masks.

Please do not call the Sheriff’s Office or “911” with complaints regarding face masks or violations related to the executive order unless

it is related to other law enforcement situations.  If a disturbance or other issue were to develop, deputies will respond as always; however

we will not respond solely for allegations of violations of this executive order.

Any complaints or concerns regarding individuals not wearing masks or iolations of this order should be directed to the Indiana State

Department of  Health.

Please remember any business or organization may refuse entry or service to any individual who refuses to wear a face mask.

I would encourage continued social distancing and the use of face masks whenever needed. I would also encourage those at high risk or

those unable to social distance themselves to continue wearing a face mask in public.

Please be respectful of one another as each individual makes their own decisions on whether to wear or not wear a face mask.

Working together we can all get through this together!

Respectfully,

Sheriff Brad Burkhart

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An Open Letter to Hancock County Residents from Hancock Health  3-16-2020

Covid-19 is the new norm in America, in Indiana, and in Hancock County. Though there has not yet been a confirmed case of the disease for a Hancock County resident, at least one person who works in our county but lives elsewhere has been diagnosed and is recovering at home. It is very likely that there are many, many more individuals in our county who have been infected with Covid-19 and are experiencing mild symptoms but may never be officially diagnosed. These individuals likely think they are experiencing a bad cold or mild form of respiratory flu (which is common this year). In fact, these individuals are carriers of a highly infectious disease, that is known to be deadly for the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, and may unknowingly be sowing the seeds of our own piece of the global pandemic.

While we have an exceptional hospital in our county and have easy access to the larger health systems in Indianapolis, you may not know that the majority of healthcare is provided in an outpatient environment (70% of Hancock Health services are outpatient) and we all operate near capacity for our inpatient units with very little wiggle room even for the impacts of the seasonal flu. While we have surge plans in place, our hospitals will be quickly overwhelmed should Covid-19 spread unchecked.

We cannot keep the disease out of the county, it is already here; thus, we need to slow the transmission and spread the number of potential cases over as long a period as possible in order to smooth the flow into our hospitals and save lives. The only way to slow the transmission of the disease is to minimize contact with infected people. Since we don’t know who is infected, the only answer is to minimize the overall contact we have with each other. This is called social distancing.

Covid-19 typically spreads in the droplets of mucous we all expel when we cough or sneeze. These droplets have a range of about six feet. So, we all need to stay out of this six foot radius...something that is almost impossible to do in modern society. This is wh

y schools are closing, churches are not meeting, and people are being asked to work at home – even when only a few cases of the virus have been detected. If we do nothing, we guarantee that the virus will spread unabated to many of us.

Hancock County is one of the smaller counties in the Indianapolis metro area, but an infection rate of only 5% of the residents of Hancock County could result in more than 700 people requiring hospitalization. If this were to happen in the course of just a few weeks it would overwhelm ALL the hospitals on the East side of Indianapolis, not just Hancock Regional Hospital. An infection rate of 35% would require more hospital beds than are present in the entire central Indiana area – and this would only meet the needs of our small county. Clearly, if it happens here it would be happening in Marion County as well and the large hospitals would be overwhelmed by the 900,000 people living in Indy.

In the event of a devastating outbreak, we will need to take care of ourselves with the resources we already have in Hancock County. If we take the proper precautions, we can reduce the risk of high infection rates and slow the advance of the disease to the point that we do not overwhelm our own health care system. So, here is what you can do:

  • Large gatherings should be cancelled (or skipped) including churches, concerts, conferences, and sporting events.
  • Schools, daycares, and sports clubs should be suspended.
  • Create distance between family units and individuals by stopping play dates, parties, etc., and if possible, begin working from home.
  • Take care of yourself and your family, but maintain social distance. Go outside and enjoy the spring, but just with your family. If you go to public places, maintain at least six feet between groups. Reduce the frequency of going to stores, restaurants, coffee shops, etc., and try to go at off-peak times, maintain your distance, wash your hands often, and please don’t use medical masks and gloves, these are going to be needed by healthcare workers. Let’s support our local businesses during this time by purchasing gift cards (on-line) and using them in the future.
  • Make liberal use of phone and video connections to maintain relationships, but don’t visit in person, especially nursing homes and hospitals.
  • If you are sick, isolate yourself at home and contact your primary care physician office. If you do not have a primary care physician, please feel free to call the Hancock Health Covid-19 Triage line at 317-325-2683 or via email at nurse@hancockregional.org. If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms or believe you have Covid-19, please do not just show up at your doctor’s office as you might infect others in the waiting room. Call your doctor first and they will tell you what to do. As always, if you are having difficulty breathing, or are experiencing an emergency condition, head straight to the closest emergency room.

The Covid-19 pandemic is a true public health emergency. If we do everything we can to minimize the spread, we will minimize the long-term impact on our families and our communities. And this is not a one-week sprint, it is a new norm for the next several weeks and will require patience. The future of Hancock County rests in each of our hands – please take this seriously.

 

NEWS RELEASE 3-12-2020

CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID-19 AT HANCOCK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPT

Greenfield, IN: A Hancock County Sheriff’s Department’s jail staff member has a confirmed case of Coronavirus COVID-19. The staff member is currently home and in self-quarantine.

The staff member was last at work on Sunday, March 8th for a short period of time. During that shift the staff member was notified by an acquaintance that the acquaintance tested positive for COVID-19.

The staff member immediately reported this information and went home.  The staff member had a mild cough as the only symptom but went to be tested because of the notification from the acquaintance. The staff member has been in self-quarantine since that time. On the evening of Wednesday, March 11th the staff member was notified the test result was positive for COVID-19. The staff member remains home with only a mild cough.

On March 8th that staff member was assigned to a post where the staff member was not in direct contact with any inmates of the Hancock County Jail. 

Two other staff members who were in direct contact with the infected staff member on Sunday, March 8th are now at home in self-quarantine as a precaution, they have not shown any symptoms at this time.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department is working closely with the Health Department, public health officials, agency heads, and the judicial system to take appropriate action.  Precautionary steps have been taken to limit inmate movement to-and-from court, limit visitors to the jail, and temporarily suspending in-jail programs hosted by outside counselors.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department will continue to monitor the situation and take all necessary steps to protect the staff, inmates, and the citizens of Hancock County.

Thank you,
 
Sheriff Brad Burkhart
Hancock County Sheriff's Office

 Hancock County Teen Police Academy

Watch for upcoming information on 2020 Hancock County Teen Police Academy

Classes will touch on a variety of Law Enforcement topics, including:  Drunk driving enforcement, Simulated Firearms Training, Evidence/Crime Scene Investigation, Internet Usage, Character Development, Jail & Police Dept Tours, K-9 program, Defensive Tactics, SWAT Team, Physical Training, Traffic Stops,  Building Searches, Tasers, Drug Investigations and more.

Download Teen Academy Application

The teen academy is FREE for Hancock County residents between the ages of 13-17 with no criminal record. Most activities will be held at Greenfield Central High School, 810 N Broadway Greenfield.

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