West Lafayette Police Department

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Update, 1:10 p.m.: All public safety phone lines are fully functional at this time.

Phone lines at Tippecanoe County’s public safety departments spent most of this morning running on a backup system to receive non-emergency calls.

West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis says a power outage at the county jail knocked out a phone server, and took down the non-emergency lines.

Tippecanoe County Sheriff Barry Richard says though the primary line went out, a secondary system took over for the administrative phones.

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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.

LPD Sergeant Worries A Needle Exchange Is A Bad Idea

Nov 2, 2016
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The sergeant who oversees the Lafayette Police Department’s street crimes unit says he’s worried creating a needle exchange program will flood Tippecanoe County with heroin addicts.

“That word gets out and everyone says 'oh we can go to Tippecanoe County and we can get free needles' and then they come here and don’t leave," Adam Mellady says.

Mellady says he also worries adopting the needle exchange program is against at least the spirit of state law.

City of West Lafayette

The city of West Lafayette has settled a legal case brought by a man shocked with a stun gun at Chauncey Hill Mall in 2013 for taping a police takedown of another person.

On this edition of Ask The Mayor, we talk with John Dennis about whether the incident has led to disciplinary action for any of the officers or changes in the way the city’s police conduct their business.

Also on today’s show, in a construction season where Greater Lafayette’s motto might as well be “you can’t get there from here,” why is the city doing seemingly non-essential roadwork?

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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:

Drug Take-Back Program Gains Momentum

Jul 9, 2015
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The West Lafayette Police Department’s drug take-back program has seen a recent increase in the tonnage of pills it collects.  Janet Winslow, who also runs the anti-drug D.A.R.E. Office program in local schools, says the concurrent problems of prescription drug abuse and over-prescription of drugs by some doctors may prompt the Lafayette Police Department and the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s office to create similar collection systems.

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A recent report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics shows of the roughly 477,000 sworn police officers in the United States in 2013, only about one-in-eight were women.

That’s a 7% increase compared to 1987, but law enforcement experts say there’s a long way to go to recruit more women to the field.

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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3:30 p.m. Update:

Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington tells Network Indiana the investigation included a personal experience from a law enforcement officer who ate at one of the El Rodeo locations in Greater Lafayette.

"A detective from the West Lafayette Police Department at our local El Rodeo and he noticed that as he paid for his lunch, the cash drawer was never opened, no one rang up his sale and he was returned his cash back out of another drawer," Harrington says.

Earlier:

Increased Body Camera Use By Police Leads To Questions

Dec 18, 2014
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When Bloomington police officer Matt Gilmore gets into his squad car, he has an extra set of eyes.

The Bloomington Police Department purchased 30 body cameras last year as part of  a trial program.

The officers wear the cameras  on their chests and flip them on  during interactions with the public, giving an up-close perspective of what’s happening.