Chief: Roy W. McFarland
He joined the Orleans Police Department on October 2, 1987 and was appointed Chief
of Police on January 1, 2001. Chief McFarland served as Assistant Chief prior to
being appointed Chief. Chief McFarland is a hostage/crisis negotiator and a
member of the Indiana Association of Hostage-Crisis Negotiators. Chief McFarland
is a graduate of Floyd Central High School and The Indiana Law Enforcement
Academy. Chief McFarland attended Vincennes University and has attended numerous
training seminars relating to various law enforcement topics. Chief McFarland
attends Dogwood Community Church and is a member of the Spring Mill Fraternal
Order of Police Lodge # 172 and the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police.
About The Department
The Orleans Police Department has five full time sworn police to serve a population of 2,325 people. The Department has five patrol cars and is proud to serve the community with a 24 hour patrol program. Officers are dispatched by the Orange County Sheriff Department and are in constant radio contact with dispatchers. To reach an officer, Citizens can call the Orleans Police Department at (812) 865-2222. In case of an emergency Citizens may Dial 9-1-1 to request the police department, fire department, or an ambulance.
Rejoined the Orleans Police Department September 6, 1998. Off. Rutherford had
previously served the Orleans Police Department from 1978 to 1980 and attained
the rank of Chief prior to leaving the department. Off. Rutherford also served
the French Lick Police Department from 1984 to 1998 and attained the rank of
Sergeant prior to resigning to rejoin the Orleans Police Department. Off.
Rutherford is a graduate of Salem Washington Township High School and The
Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Off. Rutherford has attended numerous training
seminars relating to law enforcement topics.
joined the Orleans Police Department on July 17, 2008. Officer Fugate is a 2004
graduate of Orleans High School and graduated from University of Evansville in
May of 2008 with a B.S. in Sociology. Officer Fugate attended the 176th class of
the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and graduated on May 1, 2009. Officer Fugate
is also a member of the Spring Mill Fraternal Order of Police Lodge # 172
Officer Erin Rosenberger joined the Orleans Police Department on June 13, 2012. Officer Rosenberger previously worked for the Bedford Police Department and the Indiana Gaming Commission. Officer Rosenberger is a graduate of Mitchell High School and graduated from Vincennes University with an Associate’s degree in Law Enforcement. Officer Rosenberger graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in April of 1999 and has attended numerous training seminars relating to law enforcement topics. Officer Rosenberger is a member of the Spring Mill Fraternal Order of Police Lodge # 172.
In order to become a police officer with the Orleans Police Department a person must be 21 years of age, possess a valid Indiana driver’s license, a high school diploma, not have any felony convictions, no convictions involving domestic violence, go through physical fitness testing, psychological testing and written testing, attended and successfully complete a Pre-Basic Course and within one year of hiring attend and successfully complete a 15 week 600 hour Basic Course at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. The Indiana Law Enforcement Basic Course contains 600 hours of training related to law enforcement topics. The officers are taught criminal law, traffic law, firearms training; emergency vehicle operations, physical tactics, EMS awareness, and human behavior are some of the major areas of instruction during this course. A variety of other police related topics such as accident investigation, criminal investigation, domestic violence and sexual assault, water rescue, arresting intoxicated drivers, crime prevention, and evidence collection.