Annual Department Report

Noble County Sheriff’s Department

2015 Annual Report

The Sheriff’s Department operates 24 hours a day, seven (7) days a week, with a highly dedicated staff of approximately 70 full time employees. We currently have 10 part-time employees and six (6) reserve deputies.

Patrol Summary:

The Sheriff’s Department has 22 full-time officers (including the Sheriff) and two part-time deputies. The assignment for those officers is as follows:

  1. Sheriff
  2. Chief Deputy
  3. Captain assigned as the Jail Commander
  4. Three road Sgt’s
  5. Detectives (2)
  6. Evidence Tech
  7. One narcotics officer assigned to the DEA in Fort Wayne
  8. Two (2) School Resource Officer’s (SRO)
  9. 13 Deputies assigned to patrol (this includes the 3 Sgt’s)

We currently have full time SRO’s assigned to Central Noble School Corporation and West Noble School Corporation. We also have officers working part-time at Wayne Center, Rome City, and Avilla.

With 13 road deputies we are struggling to maintain adequate coverage and minimize overtime and comp time. This shortage creates issues in the time it takes to respond to calls in the county.  I will be requesting additional deputy(s) in next year’s budget.

The breakdown for the year’s activity is as follows:

Total Criminal cases:  727

Crashes Investigated:  1,502

Collisions with injury:  216

Collisions with fatality: 4

Collisions with property damage: 1,282

Total injuries:  303

Total fatalities:  4


Calls for service:  12,962 (increase of 382 from 2014)


Traffic Summons Issued:  1,701

Warning Tickets Issued:  2,432

Operating While Intoxicated:  276

Off Duty Assist: 253

Process Served:  5,286

Total Fleet Miles:  653,855

Sheriff Sales:   103


 Reserve Department: 

  • We currently have six (6) reserve officers working for the Sheriff’s Department
  • The reserves worked a total of 1,503 hours during 2015.
  • The reserves were utilized on several occasions in lieu of having a full-time deputy cover a shift shortage.
  • The reserve officers are primarily assigned to work on weekends to assist in regular road duties, transports, commitments and other functions.



Jail Division:

  • Work Release: In 2015 a total of 25 inmates participated in the program. We received a total of 53 applicants, 28 of whom did not meet with requirements and/or were denied acceptance to the program. The money turned into the general fund for Work Release was $39,437.00 for 2015, a substantial decrease of $38,877.00 from 2014. The Work Release Maintenance Fund collected $5,790 for 2015. This is a slight decrease ($1,650) from 2014.
  • 1,809 inmates were booked into the facility during 2015, a decrease of 1,543 from the previous year. There were a total of 404 females and 1,405 males booked into the jail in 2015.
  • The average daily inmate population (ADP) was 102 compared to 145 in 2014. The female ADP was 13, down from 21 in 2014. The male ADP was 89 compared to 124 in 2014.
  • The top three incarcerations were for OWI, possession of Marijuana, & Battery. There were 74 arrests for Resisting Law Enforcement.
  • The average length of stay of a person incarcerated in the Noble County Jail was 18.76 days and decrease from 2014 of 25.39 days.
  • In 2015 there were a total of four (4) juveniles taken into custody.
  • There are two full time transport officers and a transport/work release director. They made 1974 transports and logged 69,069 miles in 2015. This was a decrease of transports compared to 2014.
  • There were 917 video courts conducted in 2015 which is an increase of 21 from 2014.
  • Revenues totaling $270,421.00 dollars were collected for the housing of Department of Corrections Inmates. This is a decrease of $225,007.40 from the previous year.
  • Medical co-pay for inmates accounted for $5,564.45 dollars in reimbursements (decrease of $1,697.93 from 2014).
  • The Social Security Administration Inmate Incentive Payment Program resulted in payments to the General Fund of $4,800.00 dollars, down from $10,000 in 2014.
  • There were no in-custody deaths, major issues, disturbances, or escapes in 2015.
  • The capacity for the jail is 263 beds.


The Noble County jail offers several on site programs and services for the incarcerated offenders which include:


  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) – The program is offered to both men and women. Meetings are held weekly and the service is at no cost to the department or for the offenders.
  • Battered Women – this program is offered to the female population and is provided for by the YWCA. Meetings are held weekly and the program addresses spousal battery and parenting skill development. The service is provided free of charge.
  • GED – this program is a budgeted line for the department. The program offers class instruction and preparation for the GED testing. Last year 14 offenders participated in the program and 5 obtained their GED.
  • Jail Chaplains – the Sheriff’s Department has two (2) ministers on staff that provide for the needs of the offender population. Both ministers are on call 24/7 and provide regular visits to the facility in addition to worship services twice per month. This service is provided at cost of $20 per hour.
  • Community Ministerial – several churches provide printed religious materials, and visiting ministers from a number of different dominations are allowed into the facility.
  • Work Release – Under the supervision of the Work Release Coordinator, the inmates who qualify are allowed to continue their employment and provide for their families.


Additional Jail Information

  • The water softener system was replaced this year.
  • The front lobby and public visitation floors were resurfaced this year.
  • The two way radios were replaced for all jail staff this year.

Communications Division (E-911)

  • 30,950 calls for service were received in 2015. This is an increase from 2014.
  • 19,346 911 calls were received in 2015, an increase of 766 calls from the previous year.
  • The Communications Center is currently staffed with 10 full-time and four (4) part-time dispatchers.

Courthouse Security:

  • 55,224 people were screened through the security system.
  • 27 people were taken into custody, a decrease from the previous year.
  • 95 people taken into custody on outstanding warrants, an increase from 2014.
  • 3 emergency responses, this is a decrease from 2014.





Douglas A Harp/Sheriff