Jason Dombkowski

City of West Lafayette

West Lafayette’s State Street partially reopened, on time, last month, and drivers have begun getting used to the new traffic patterns.

They’ve had a lot of time to do that because the new architecture leaves them idling in the road for much longer than the old setup did.

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Though the announcement came a few days earlier than he’d planned, West Lafayette Police Chief Jason Dombkowski says he’s running for Tippecanoe County Sheriff in next year’s election.

A countdown on his campaign website shows there are still more than 270 days until 2018’s primary election, in which the police chief of ten years could face off against current GOP sheriff Barry Richard, who won the office in 2014.

Calls to Sheriff Richard’s office seeking comment Monday went unreturned.

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The West Lafayette Police Department has signed a new equipment contract to update its body-worn camera technology.

Chief Jason Dombkowski says technology from Utility Associates, Inc. incorporates different applications, such as location tracking and safety features.

“An officer down feature – basically a cell phone – it goes vertical, it senses that and it sends an alert to dispatch and every officer working that we have an officer down,” he says.

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A new bill offered in the Indiana legislature would levy harsher penalties for crimes against public safety officials. It also strengthens penalties for crimes against their relatives.

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Communities and law enforcement agencies across Indiana are looking to the General Assembly for guidance on police body camera policies.

West Lafayette’s police force has been using body cameras for about a year.  Chief Jason Dombkowski says he used resources from, among others, the Department of Justice and the International Association of Chiefs of Police when developing a policy for those body cams.  But he says, particularly on privacy concerns and redacting video, he’d like guidance from the legislature:

WLPD Increasing Patrols Following Two Robberies Last Weekend

Jun 16, 2015
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The West Lafayette Police Department is increasing patrols in parts of the city where two armed robberies recently occurred.

The first incident happened early Saturday morning near Wabash Landing. The second occurred near midnight on Grant Street in the southern part of the Purdue campus.

Chief Jason Dombkowski the fact that they took place on consecutive evenings leads police to believe they are somehow connected.

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Two local law enforcement agencies are joining police departments across the nation in equipping officers with an antidote to heroin overdoses.

But not everyone agrees allowing police to administer Narcan is the best response to an increase in heroin use.

West Lafayette Police Chief Jason Dombkowski says heroin wasn’t really on the department’s radar until February. That’s when a Purdue student died from a heroin overdose. And while the incident occurred in Lafayette, Dombkowski realized the department needed to be better prepared to address drug use.

IMPD Trying Out Body Cameras Starting This Week

Dec 15, 2014
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Body cameras for police officers are a reality in Indianapolis now.  

Department of Public Safety Director Troy Riggs says they‘ve looked into the technology for several months, but this week will be the week they try it out.

Riggs says he‘s been in contact with other departments who have also started the process of equipping officers with cameras.

The questions about the camera‘s continue with The Department of Public Safety putting together a "best practices" list that includes how to deal with the cameras in someone‘s home and other possible issues.

WLPD To Start Wearing Body Cameras

Sep 25, 2014
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By the end of this week, every officer in the West Lafayette Police Department will be wearing a body camera.

Chief Jason Dombkowski says it’s a project that’s been in the works for about a year.

Drinking and driving targeted during Grand Prix

Apr 11, 2012

West Lafayette’s police chief says law enforcement will crack down on drinking and driving during Grand Prix weekend at Purdue.

Jason Dombkowski says his staff will have a sobriety check point set-up near the Village and have a zero-tolerance policy.

He says the city is using state grant money to increase efforts of curbing alcohol consumption and driving.

Crews also will set up barricades around the downtown campus area next Thursday and keep them up until Sunday morning to patrol motorist and foot traffic.