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Posted on: July 10, 2017

Police Chief Dan Thurston to Retire

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July 9, 2017

Police Chief Dan Thurston to Retire

Madison Police Department Chief Dan Thurston has announced his retirement from the agency effective later this month.

Thurston was hired by Mayor Morris Wooden and Chief Bill Tingle on November 29, 1992.  Thurston graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in March of 1993.  Thurston was a street patrolman for almost 5 years before being promoted to Senior Patrolman on June 6, 1997.  Thurston was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on July 8, 2000 and the rank of Lieutenant on January 1, 2006.

Thurston served as one of the Madison Police Department Crime Scene Technicians from 1996 to 2008.  In that capacity, he was on-call to process and document crime scenes, working hand-in-hand with detectives and investigators from MPD and other law enforcement agencies.

Chief John Wallace assigned Thurston to be the department D.A.R.E. Instructor for MPD.  Thurston taught classes to local youth in the Madison, Southwestern, and Prince of Peace school systems.  These classes covered drug abuse, peer pressure, and goal setting.

Mayor Damon Welch named Thurston to the position of Chief of Police when he became mayor in 2012.  Thurston has held that position since January 1, 2012.  During the Welch-Thurston administration the police department has:

  • Expanded the force from 27 officers to 29 officers
  • Added a narcotic detective position
  • Worked with Madison Consolidated Schools to start and maintain the School Resource Officer program
  • Expanded the fleet of vehicles to allow for “take home” vehicles for law enforcement officers without increasing the budget
  • Worked on a joint effort with other criminal justice agencies in the county to implement Evidence Based Decision Making practices
  • Started the Southeastern Indiana Chiefs of Police Roundtable that meet bi-monthly to discuss criminal justice issues regionally

“I have been honored and humbled to be a member of the Madison Police Department for the past 24 years,” Thurston said.  “I have been fortunate to work with so many professional law enforcement officers, dispatchers, and first responders who deeply care about making a difference in this community.”

Mayor Damon Welch said, “I am grateful to Dan for his service to the Madison community for the last 24 years, and especially for his time as Chief in my administration. While I’m sad to see him leave the Police Department, I am excited for him to take the next step in his career and wish him nothing but the best.”

Thurston added, “I was not looking for a career change, but an opportunity fell into my lap that I could not say no to.  I am very excited that this next step in my professional career will allow me to continue to work with the fine men and women that are law enforcement professionals.”

“Over the next week, I will consult with City Council, my team, and the officers of the Madison Police Department to discuss the next steps in filling this extremely important position,” added Mayor Welch. “I will begin quickly seeking a new Chief that will lead the officers of the Madison Police Department through some very exciting changes in the coming months and years, including the opening of our new Police Station on West Street.”

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