The Scott County Sheriff's Office Merit Deputies are supervised by the Chief Deputy, Rick Barrett. Rick began his career in Law Enforcement in 1988 with Indiana University Police Department in Bloomington and is a 1989 Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Graduate. From 1989-1992, He served as a Police Officer for the Scottsburg City Police Department and a Deputy Sheriff for the Scott County Sheriff's Office. In 1992, Rick was hired by the Sheriff's Office as an Investigator. He served in that role until June of 2016 when he was appointed Chief Deputy by Sheriff Dan McClain. Rick is a certified Indiana Law Enforcement Instructor and he possesses a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University-Bloomington.
Rick's primary duty is supervising all Sheriff's Deputies, approving shift schedules, recordkeeping and maintenance of officer equipment, officer training, citizen complaints and walk-in requests.
Deputies are responsible for answering and handling all complaint calls and calls for service or assistance from members of the public. They are responsible for patrolling a county of 190 square miles. They patrol all county roads and provide a visible presence as a proactive measure to help deter crime. Deputies respond to calls received by the 911 center and the sheriff's office. Scott County Deputies respond to an average of over 3500 calls for service annually. All calls for service are responded to by priority of the call. Response time will vary depending on where our officer responds from and how many calls are pending at that time. Calls for service include: complaints, domestics, assaults, thefts, burglaries, alarms, accidents, motorist assists, and provide assistance to the Austin City Police, Scottsburg City Police, and Indiana State Police. Along with calls for service, all officers are responsible for serving civil process and warrants. Many calls for service require written reports, once the Officer's report is written; it is forwarded up the chain of command for review. When the report is approved it is either turned over to the Detective for further investigation or forwarded to the prosecutor’s office for the filing of formal charges. .
Our goal is to "Protect & Serve" the 24,000 plus citizens of Scott County with PROFESSIONAL, COURTEOUS and EFFICIENT Law Enforcement.