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Biography of the Police Chief

Information on the current Terre Haute Police Department Chief.

Chief Plasse

Chief of Police

Chief John Plasse received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology from Indiana State University in 1990 and has been a sworn member of the Terre Haute Police Department for 32 years.  During this time, he has been assigned to the uniform division, criminal investigation division, juvenile division and Vigo County Drug Task Force.  Chief Plasse was promoted to Sergeant in 1998, Lieutenant in 2001 and appointed as Chief of Police January 1, 2008.  Prior to this appointment, Chief Plasse had served as shift commander, Street Crimes Unit Commander, Police Honor Guard Commander, Special Response Team Commander and Vigo County Drug Task Force Commander.  He was honored as The Exchange Club of Terre Haute Officer of the Year in 2001, First Financial Bank Officer of the Year in 2003, and has received the following department awards: Life Saving Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Honorable Service Medal, Grand Cordon Medal, Police Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Exceptional Service Medal, Education Medal, Military Service Medal and Unit Citation Medal.  Chief Plasse is Past President of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 85.

Chief Plasse retired November 30, 2017 as a Sergeant Major with the 38th Infantry Division in the Indiana Army National Guard where he served for 34 years.  He was deployed twice to Afghanistan from February 2006 to February 2007 and August 2009 to June 2010 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Chief Plasse recently deployed to Guantanamo Bay Cuba from December 2015 to September 2016 also in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  He was a member of the All-Guard International Combat Shooting Team from 2002 until his retirement in 2017.  Sergeant Major Plasse has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (9), National Defense Medal (2), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (3), Global War On Terrorism Medal Expeditionary Medal, Global War On Terrorism Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, Professional Development Ribbon (4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, NATO Medal (2), Indiana Commendation Medal, Indiana Long Service Medal (3), Indiana Retention Ribbon, Indiana Recruiting Ribbon, Indiana Overseas Ribbon, Indiana Outside Continental United States Ribbon, Indiana Military Volunteer Emblem, Meritorious Unit Citation (2), Distinguished Rifleman Badge, Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge, Chief’s Fifty Badge, Governor’s Twenty Tab and Gold German Schutzenschnur Badge.

Chief Plasse volunteers for several organizations and is on the board of directors for the following; Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police, United Way of the Wabash Valley, Terre Haute Boys and Girls Club, Happiness Bag and Hamilton Center.

Chief Plasse and his wife Julie have three children; Ryan, Bryttany and Dylaney and two grandchildren.

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