“Sheriff of the Year” addresses controversy surrounding officers’ arrests

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An IMPD officer accused of his second DUI resigns and an Indiana sheriff is on administrative leave amidst allegations of dealings with a prostitute.  This happens just weeks after another Indiana Sheriff resigned accused of similar activity.  Three officers of the law within two months are standing on the other side Wednesday.

This begs the question, is there something flawed in the system or could this be three isolated incidents?

Marion County Sheriff John Layton weighed in on the controversy.  Layton says, yes, sheriffs and other officers of the law should be held to higher levels of integrity.  He also says humans are humans and will make mistakes.  But, hopes people understand the majority of these men and women aim to serve, protect and uphold the law.

Clark County Sheriff Danny Rodden is facing eight federal charges stemming from allegations of involvement with a prostitute.

“The allegations are serious and he certainly wants to make sure that there’s no additional damage to the community’s impressions of that department,” said attorney Larry Wilder.

This arrest comes six weeks after Boone County Sheriff Ken Campbell stepped down amidst allegations he had a four-year relationship, reportedly, with the same prostitute in question in Rodden’s case.

“It’s a disappointment to many sheriffs across the state of Indiana,” said Marion County Sheriff John Layton.

Campbell and Rodden were Sheriffs who were all very involved in the Indiana Sheriff’s Association with John Layton.  ISA recently awarded Layton “Sheriff of the Year.”

“I’d worked with the sheriffs through the ISA on several different, wonderful programs.  So, it’s a little shocking,” said Layton.

All this happens Wednesday as 16 year veteran IMPD Officer Kevin Brown resigns charged with his second DUI.  Yes, these are only accusations right now.  But, Layton says it still leaves black marks for Indiana Law Enforcement.

“I mean, these folks need to be surgically removed and kind of send a message to the rest of the officers in departments that we don’t put up with this,” said Layton.

Sheriff Layton says there are more than 90 other Indiana Sheriff’s and some 1500 IMPD officers who are doing just that and hopes Hoosiers don’t let the alleged actions of these men change their opinion of the rest of the force.

“That badge, all that means is you’re a servant of the people.  It doesn’t mean that it gives you any special privileges whatsoever,” said Layton.

ISA holds a Sheriffs school every four years after the election.  Layton and the ISA Executive Director Steve Luce say ethics will be a hot topic this year.

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