Tell City Police Department - Administrative Division

The Administrative Division performs the administrative and service functions of the police department. The Administrative Division is made up of the Chief of Police, Assistant Chief of Police, Lieutenant, and Records Coordinator.

Chief Derrick Lawalin joined TCPD in 2001 as a reserve officer. Chief Lawalin began serving as a full-time officer in 2002. Chief Lawalin's experience includes nine years as a Canine Handler. He also served as Detective before being promoted to Chief of Police in 2015. In addition to his administrative duties, Chief Lawalin instructs in-service training to fellow officers and facilitates the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program at William Tell Elementary. Chief Lawalin holds a Criminal Justice Degree from Vincennes University and instructor certifications in Traffic stop safety and response to active shooters. Chief Lawalin was named MADD Officer of the Year in 2005 and received a Meritorious Service Award in 2010. In addition, Chief Lawalin is a two time recipient of the "Life saving Medal". You can contact Chief Lawalin by using the contact form below:

Derrick Lawalin

Chief of Police

Assistant Chief Bender joined the TCPD in 1998 and served as a Patrolman before being appointed Assistant Chief in 2015. Assistant Chief Bender is a four year veteran of the United States Coast Guard. Assistant Chief Bender is also a graduate of the University of Southern Indiana as well as Oakland City University where he obtained his bachelor's degree in business administration. You can contact Assistance Chief Jeff Bender by using the contact form below:

Jeff Bender

Assistant Chief of Police

Lieutenant Smith began his career with the Tell City Police Reserves in 2002, before being hired full time in 2004.  Lt. Smith graduated the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 2005 and later returned to earn his Instructor Development Certification to teach law enforcement, specializing in Emergency Vehicle Operations. He currently holds other certifications to teach as a Taser instructor; Standardized Field Sobriety Instructor; TOPS Instructor; along with an Emergency Medical Technician State Certification. During Lt. Smith's time in patrol he received a life saving award;  meritorious service award; and the hometown hero award. In 2015 Lt. Smith received his promotion to detective and then Lieutenant. He now holds a certification for being a forensic interviewer for victims of child crimes.  Lt. Smith also serves as a Hostage Negotiator/Crisis Intervention. His most recent accomplishment is receiving his Master Public Information Officer for media relations. You can contact Lieutenant Detective Roger Smith by using the contact form below:

Roger Smith

Lieutenant Detective

Pam joined TCPD in March of 1988. She began working in the dispatch center, and appointed as the Records/IDACS Coordinator in 1997. Pam still retains certifications for Indiana Data & Communication Systems (IDACS) and Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) which is required for the dispatch operators. Along with her administrative duties for records, Pam fills in as needed in the dispatch center. Pam also serves as the local coordinator with Indiana State for the IDACS system, and CJIS Security System. You can contact Pam Wittman by using the contact form below:

Pam Wittman

Records/IDACS Coordinator