Annual Department Report

Noble County Sheriff’s Department

2017 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 seven (07) 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. One School Resource Officer (SRO)
  9. 14 Deputies assigned to patrol

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

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

Total Criminal cases: 929

Crashes Investigated: 664

Collisions with injury: 97

Collisions with fatality: 6

Collisions with property damage: 561

Total injuries: 141

Total fatalities: 6



Traffic Summons Issued: 1,121

Warning Tickets Issued: 2,590

Operating While Intoxicated: 198

Off Duty Assist: 223

Process Served: 3,700

Total Fleet Miles: 502,143

Sheriff Sales:   77


Reserve Department:

  • We currently have 7 reserve officers working for the Sheriff’s Department
  • The reserves worked a total of 1,803 hours during 2017.
  • 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 2017 a total of 42 inmates participated in the program. The money turned into the general fund for Work Release was $91,882 for 2017, a substantial increase ($20,281.60) from 2016. The Work Release Maintenance Fund collected $11,793 for 2017. We had two escapes from work release in 2016.
  • 1856 inmates were booked into the facility during 2017. A total of 482 females and 1,374 males booked into the jail in 2017.
  • The average daily inmate population (ADP) was 120 compared to 113 in 2016. The female ADP was 21, up from 16 in 2016. The male ADP was 98 compared to 97 in 2016.
  • The top three incarcerations were for OWI, possession/dealing Methamphetamine, and Driving While Suspended. There were 83 arrests for Resisting Law Enforcement.
  • The average length of stay of a person incarcerated in the Noble County Jail was 18.76.
  • In 2017 there were zero juveniles taken into custody.
  • There are two full time transport officers and a transport/ work release director. They made 2053 transports and logged 54,259 miles in 2017.
  • There were 812 video courts conducted in 2017.
  • Revenues totaling $136,500 dollars were collected for the housing of Department of Corrections Inmates. This is not reflective of the revenue collected for housing out of county offenders.
  • Medical co-pay for inmates accounted for $6,209.85 dollars in reimbursements.
  • The Social Security Administration Inmate Incentive Payment Program resulted in payments to the General Fund of $5.600 dollars.
  • There was one in-custody death in 2017. There were no major disturbances or escapes from the jail in 2017.
  • 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 jail had a new camera system installed in 2017. The jail now has over 100 cameras that monitor the facility inside and outside. This project was completely funded by revenue generated from the housing of offenders from other counties.


  • A new Records Management System (RMS) has been purchased (Spillman) and is on track to be implemented in the coming year. The RMS is the driving force necessary for processing inmates into the jail, dispatching, case management, etc.

Communications Division (E-911)

  • 31,538 calls for service were received in 2017. This is an increase from 2016.
  • The Communications Center is currently staffed with 10 full-time and six (6) part-time dispatchers. To of the part-time dispatchers are considered permanent part-time.

Courthouse Security:

  • 64,089 people were screened through the security system.
  • 42 people were taken into custody.
  • 106 people taken into custody on outstanding warrants.
  • 7 emergency responses.





Douglas A Harp/Sheriff