Annual Department Report

Noble County Sheriff’s Office 2018 Annual Report

The Sheriff’s Office operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with a dedicated staff of approximately 65 full time employees. There are 7 part-time employees and 9 reserve deputies.

Patrol Summary:

The Sheriff’s Office has 22 full-time officers which includes 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. 3 Road Sergeants
  5. 2 Detectives
  6. 1 Crime Scene Evidence Tech
  7. 1 narcotics officer assigned to the DEA in Fort Wayne
  8. 1 School Resource Officer (SRO)
  9. 11 Deputies assigned to patrol

The Sheriff’s Office currently has one full time SRO assigned to West Noble School Corporation. Deputies are also working part-time at Wayne Center, Rome City, and Avilla Schools.

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

Total Criminal cases: 1,062

Drug Arrests: 200

Criminal Misdemeanor Arrests: 532

Criminal Felony Arrest:  206

Crashes Investigated: 734

Crashes with injury: 97

Total injuries reported: 153

Total fatalities: 6

Crashes with property damage: 632

Traffic Summons Issued: 837

Warning Tickets Issued: 2,346

Operating While Intoxicated: 207

Off Duty Assist: 179

Warrants Served: 361

Process Served: 3,954

Total Fleet Miles: 431,457

Sheriff Sales:  79


Reserve Department:

  • There were 9 reserve officers working for the Sheriff’s Department in 2018.
  • The reserves worked a total of 1,753 hours during 2018.
  • 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 2018 a total of 41 inmates participated in the program. The money turned into the general fund for Work Release was $125,148. This is an increase of $33,266 from 2017. The Work Release Maintenance Fund collected $9,256 which is down $2,537 for 2017. We had no escapes from work release in 2017, but there were 10 violations for positive drug screens, possession of cell phone in dorm, and possession of tobacco in the dorm.
  • 1,942 inmates were booked into the facility during 2018. A total of 466 females and 1,476 males booked into the jail in 2017.
  • The average daily inmate population (ADP) was 144 compared to 120 in 2017. The female ADP was 23, up from 21 in 2017. The male ADP was 124 compared to 98 in 2017.
  • The top three incarcerations were for OWI, Driving While Suspended, and Possession of Marijuana. Possession/Dealing Methamphetamine was 4th for incarceration. There were 59 arrests for Resisting Law Enforcement which is down from 83 incarcerations in 2017.
  • The average length of stay of a person incarcerated in the Noble County Jail was 21.71 days which is up from 18.76 days in 2017.
  • There was 1 juvenile taken into custody which was waived to adult court.
  • There are two full time transport officers and a transport/ work release director. There were 2,109 transports which logged 57,205 miles.
  • There were 1438 video courts conducted in 2018 up from 812 conducted in 2017.
  • Revenues totaling $304,080.00 dollars were collected for the housing of Department of Corrections Inmates. This figure is up from $136,500 collected in 2017. This is not reflective of the revenue collected for housing out of county offenders.
  • Medical co-pay for inmates accounted for $7,118.74 dollars in reimbursements.
  • The Social Security Administration Inmate Incentive Payment Program resulted in payments to the General Fund of $8,800 dollars.
  • There were 0 in-custody deaths in 2018 and no major disturbances or escapes from the jail.
  • 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.
  • HSE- High School Equivalency (formally GED) – this program is a budgeted line for the department. The program offers class instruction and preparation for the HSE testing. Last year 56 offenders participated in the program with 2 obtained their diploma.
  • 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.Work Release –
  • Before 5 Parenting Classes – This program works with young offenders with children to have better parenting and coping skills.         

Additional Jail Information

  • A new Records Management System (RMS) Spillman was purchased and implemented this year. The RMS is the driving force necessary for processing inmates into the jail, dispatching, case management, etc.
  • Two new SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus) packs and 4 air bottles were purchased to replace the old packs which were at the end of their service life.
  • All the old mattresses were destroyed and 200 new mattresses were purchased.
  • The A/C unit on the roof was damaged due to hail with the coils being replaced.

Communications Division (E-911)

  • 37,380 calls for service were received in 2018 up from 31,538 calls from 2017.
  • The Communications Center is currently staffed with 13 full-time, 2 part-time dispatchers, and 2 permanent part-time dispatchers.

Courthouse Security: 

  • 78,010 people were screened through the security system which is up from 64,089 in 2017.
  • 63 people taken into custody which is up from 42 in 2017.
  • 116 people taken into custody on outstanding warrants, also up from 2017.
  • 10 emergency responses

Respectfully Submitted,


Max C. Weber,