DATE: February 09, 2023
SUBJECT: Sheriff Robinson Assigns Detective to ATF Task Force
CONTACT: Chief Deputy Nathan Sugarman
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Noah Robinson

Sheriff Noah Robinson announced today that the Vanderburgh County Council approved his request to fund a new detective position at the Sheriff’s Office. This will allow a detective to be assigned full-time to the local Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Task Force.

The new position will be a partnership between the ATF and the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, with the ATF supplying a vehicle for the deputy to drive while at work, as well as covering overtime costs related to firearms cases the detective works.

Sheriff Robinson explained that the new detective will tackle issues such as straw purchases (in which a buyer lies about the identity of the ultimate possessor of the gun), as well as assisting the Joint Narcotics Task Force with weapons seizures from drug dealers and felons. The detective will have access to the full resources of the ATF. This allows the assigned detective to track and trace firearms found at the scene of a crime and guns which may have been used in multiple crimes.

Sheriff Robinson stated, “The creation of this new detective position fulfills a promise I made to take the issue of gun related crime seriously. I will continue to devote resources to combat street violence perpetrated by armed offenders. The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office remains committed to working with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners in order to make our community a safer place to work, live, and raise a family.”

Sheriff Robinson wished to specifically thank the Vanderburgh County Council who voted unanimously to approve this request.