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Shawn Mayer

Chief Deputy

The Scott County Sheriff's Office Merit Deputies are supervised by the Chief Deputy, Shawn Mayer. Shawn began his career in Law Enforcement in 1998 with The Austin Police Department and is a 2000 Honors Graduate from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. From 1998-2006 he served with the Austin Police becoming the Firearms Instructor, primary K9 Officer and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. During this time Shawn also worked Part-Time for the Scott County Sheriff's Department as a deputy. From 2006-2011 Shawn served in the capacity of reserve deputy and Firearms Instructor for the Sheriff's Department while working at a family business. In 2011 Shawn returned to full-time status under Sheriff Dan McClain as a Road Deputy and Firearms Instructor. Shawn then was assigned as the department's first K9 Officer with his canine partner, Arina, where he served solely in that role until recently when he was appointed Chief Deputy by Sheriff Dan McClain. With his many duties, Shawn continues to serve as one of two firearms instructors and one of two K9 handlers for the department.

Shawn'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.  

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