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 of Police Smith began his career with the Tell City Police Reserves in 2002, before being hired full time in 2004.  Assistant Chief of Police 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 Assistant Chief of Police Smith's time in patrol he received a life saving award;  meritorious service award; and the hometown hero award. In 2015 Assistant Chief of Police Smith received his promotion to detective then Lieutenant and most recently to Assistant Chief of Police. He now holds a certification for being a forensic interviewer for victims of child crimes.  Assistant Chief of Police 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 Assistant Chief of Police Roger Smith by using the contact form below:

Roger Smith

Assistant Chief of Police

Lt. Detective Hammack has been with the Tell City Police Department since 2004, when he joined the Tell City Police Department Reserve Division. He was hired as a full time officer in May of 2006 and graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in December of that same year. Lt. Detective Hammack earned his Instructor Development Certification through the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and serves as the department's firearms instructor. Lt. Detective Hammack was promoted to the position of Detective in 2018 and has received awards such as the "Life Saving Medal" and "Citation of Commendation" during his tenure at the department.

Bryce Hammack

Lt. Detective

Cassandra  joined TCPD in February of 2005. She began working in the dispatch center, and appointed as the Records Coordinator in 2020. Cassandra 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, Cassandra fills in as needed in the dispatch center. Cassandra also serves as the assistant local coordinator with Indiana State for the IDACS system, and CJIS Security System. You can contact Cassandra Dickenson by using the contact form below:

Cassandra Dickenson

Records Coordinator