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Sheriff Goodin's Thoughts on Recent Arrests


Scott County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Jerry Goodin

News Release


111 South First Street                                                                   Date 11/29/2019

Scottsburg, Indiana 47170

Immediate Release


Sheriff Goodin's Thoughts on Recent Arrests

Scott County-This past Monday, (11-25-2019), I received information that two of my deputies were possibly involved in dealing and using steroids. I immediately began investigating and contacted Doug Carter, Superintendent of the Indiana State Police, requesting he send me undercover investigators to conduct a quick but thorough and complete investigation.

An investigation team of troopers from the Indiana State Police and deputies from the Scott County Sheriff's Office with collaboration from the Scott County Prosecutor's Office was completed. It resulted in Deputy Joe Baker and Reserve Deputy Phil Thomas being arrested on drug related charges.

Since my first day in office I declared "Scott County a Drug Free Zone". Making it perfectly clear that no matter who you are, you would be a target if you were dealing or involved in drug activity. As your sheriff, I have set a high standard of conduct from my deputies and corrections officers. Failure to live by the standards we set, will NOT be overlooked by me as the Sheriff of Scott County...not yesterday, not today, and not in the future.

This investigation will only strengthen the Scott County Sheriff's office resolve as law enforcement professionals and should send a clear message that we are serious about our mission in making Scott County the safest place to visit and live.

Integrity along with ethics, character and reputation are all traits we as law enforcement professionals must uphold and protect. They are not an option but a must...the criminal justice system rest on the credibility of police officers and their work as such.

Our thoughts and prayers do go out to the family members of those arrested. Because not only in this case, but in all the other cases we deal with, the families are stuck dealing with the after math of their family member's bad decisions.




Contact Sheriff Jerry Goodin at Scott County Sheriff's Office (812)752-8400

All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.