Police Department

FULL TIME POLICE OFFICERS

Marshal Dustin Papenbrock

  • Full-time Officer since September 2015.
  • Marshal since January 2020
  • papenbrock@townofchurubusco.com

Officer Chad Fulkerson

  • Full-time Officer serving since 1996.
  • Presently a School Resource Officer.
  • cfulkerson@townofchurubusco.com

Officer Garry Jones

  • Full-time officer serving since 2000.
  • Works 1st and 2nd shift.
  • gjones@townofchurubusco.com

Officer Chris Anderson

  • Full-time Officer serving since 2019
  • Works 2nd & 3rd shift.
  • canderson@townofchurubusco.com

Officer Adam Swinehart

  • Full-time Officer serving since 2002.
  • Works 3rd shift
  • aswinehart@townofchurubusco.com

PART-TIME OFFICERS

Officer Tony Helfrich

  • Officer serving since 1989.
  • Is also a 17-year veteran Deputy Sheriff.

Officer Melanie Crapser

  • Part-time Officer serving since 2001.
  • Was a Ft. Wayne Officer for 7 years.

Officer AJ Westerman

  • Part-time Officer serving since 2018
  • Is also a Whitley County Sheriff Deputy

Officer Gary Archbold

  • Part-time Officer serving since 2012
  • Is also a K-9 officer for Whitley County Sheriff’s Department

Officer Chris Bachelder

  • Part-time Officer serving since 2017
  • Also serves on the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department

Officer Brendan Barber

  • Part-time Officer serving since 2019
  • Also serves on the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department

Officer Billy Maddox

  • Part-time Officer serving since 2018
  • Also serves on the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department

GUN PERMITS

  • There is now a website where you can start the process. The website is http://aries.in.gov/firearms/permit.aspx.
  • You must apply at the Churubusco Police Department in person, EVEN IF YOU HAVE STARTED THE PROCESS AT THE WEBSITE.
  • You must be a resident of Whitley County. ( If you live in the city limits of Columbia City, Churubusco or South Whitley you must go to your local department).
  • You must bring a valid, state issued, picture i.d. Your correct address must be on the i.d.
  • If you have had a previous handgun license, please bring it with you.
  • Please allow at least 30 minutes for the process.
  • Please bring the correct amount of cash with you ( either $10.00, $40.00 or $50.00 – see below). We may not have change.

How much will it cost?

For a four year personal protection license.
FREE

If you currently have a valid license that has NOT expired:
For a lifetime personal protection handgun license.
$40.00 cash at the Police Department, and $60.00 to the State.

If you currently DO NOT have an Indiana handgun license or your current license has expired:
For a lifetime personal protection license.
$50.00 cash to the Police Department, and $75.00 to the State.

For laws governing Indiana Handgun Licensing:

Indiana Code IC 35-47-2 at:

http:///www.in.gov/legislative/

CRASH REPORTS

The fee for crash reports from the Police Department is $8.00. A copy may be picked up in person at anytime at the Police Department.

To request a copy by mail, please mail a check or money order for $8.00, made payable to the Churubusco Police. You will also need to include a self addressed, stamped, regular sized envelope.

You may also access reports online at www.buycrash.com. With a credit card you may access and print at your convenience. Note: the report will not be available until we process it.

ALL OTHER REPORTS

Theft reports, civil dispute, c.a.d. reports is $.10 per black and white page and can be picked up at the Police Department after they are processed.

To request one by mail, use the same method as explained above to get a crash report.

POLICE TELEPHONE INFORMATION

EMERGENCY CALL – 911

RINGS INTO WHITLEY COUNTY DISPATCH: (260) 693-2609

POLICE DEPT. FAX: (260) 286-1022

SHERIFF DISPATCH: (260) 244-6410

OTHER TELEPHONE NUMBERS

WHITLEY COUNTY PROSECUTOR: (260) 244-3000

WHITLEY CO. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TASK FORCE: (260) 609-7086

YWCA SHELTER: 1-800-441-4073

WHITLEY COUNTY OFFICE OF FAMILY & CHILDREN: (260) 244-6331

PARKVIEW WHITLEY HOSPITAL: (260) 244-6191