Jasper’s Board of Public Works and Safety approved the recommendation to promote two police officers to detective positions in the department.
Officers Martin Loya and Greg Brescher were offered the positions to work with the Lt. Detective Jeremy Lee. The two will take on their new responsibilities Monday, March 19.
Brescher was a dispatcher from March of 2008 to October of 2013 and became a patrolman in October of 2013. He graduated from Vincennes University with an Associates Degree in Conservation Law in 2005, and then graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy with honors in 2014. Brescher will serve as a general detective.
Brescher is on the JPD bike patrol, Emergency Response Team, Field Training Officer, he is also a certified car seat technician. In addition to his duties with the department, he is a member of the F.O.P., Ireland Lions Club, Ireland K of C, Ireland Historical society. He also owns and operates Critter Gitters, a nuisance wildlife removal service.
Loya became a Jasper Police Department officer in 2014. Prior to serving with Jasper, he was a reserve officer with Washington Police Department and Petersburg Police Department. Loya graduated from the Southwest Indiana Law Enforcement in 2015. Loya is a Field Training Officer with the department. In January, Loya was honored by the United States Attorney for Southern Indiana for his work on a credit card fraud case in 2015. Loya will serve as narcotics detective.
Chief Nathan Schmitt explained that the different detectives’ work would likely crossover as most crimes in the city have some connection to narcotics-related activities.
The department recently approved the addition of three new officers and in January, officers Joshua Greener, Caleb Lindeman, and Michael Conrad were sworn-in.
“We had four really good applications,” Chief Schmitt said regarding the new appointments. “That is a testament to the quality of the officers we are hiring.”
Also at the meeting:
- The board of works also heard that a police-involved shooting review board was formed to investigate the shooting of a dog that occurred last Thursday. The officer involved in the shooting has been on administrative leave since the day of the shooting and returned to work Monday after the review board determined the officer was justified in discharging the firearm. According to city policy, if an officer discharges their firearm at property or an individual, a review board comprised of the chief of police and two appointed citizens will review the circumstances of the shooting.
- The board approved the recommendation to revert the one-way area on Main Street between 7th and 9th streets to a two-way street. The city has been examining the issue of drivers inadvertently driving south on the road that is currently a northbound one-way. The council will have to approve the change and then the street department will install new signage and traffic devices for the change.
- The board approved hiring Brahm & Brahm Auction Services of Ferdinand to administer a city auction on Saturday, April 28.
- Approved a $1,000 for the Dubois County Leadership Academy to support a city employee as a student to attend the academy.