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Terre Haute Police Department

Terre Haute Police Department

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The Terre Haute Police Department is an ILEAC accredited police department, and is staffed by 133 full-time sworn officers which are assigned in the Operations Division, Investigations Division and Special Services. 

The Operations Division is made up of Uniform Patrol, K9 Unit and Traffic Division.  They also oversee the Special Response Team (SWAT) and Incident Response Team (crowd control). 

The Investigation Division contains the Violent Crimes Unit, Property Crimes Unit, White Collar and Auto Theft Unit and Juvenile Investigations.  Investigations also oversee the detectives assigned to the Vigo County Drug Task Force, a multi-jurisdictional narcotics investigations unit, and the Crime Scene Unit.  

The Support Services oversee our Records Division, Fleet Management, Training, Environmental Protections Division and civilian support staff.


The Terre Haute Police Department conducts an annual hiring process to fill vacancies within our ranks. Applications are typically accepted each year from February through mid-April, with qualified applicants taking part in written and physical testing, interviews and a comprehensive background investigation. Those applicants meeting the standards set forth by the Terre Haute Police Department Merit Commission become candidates for appointment, being ranked and placed on a hiring list for a period of one year. If you're interested in serving our community as a Terre Haute Police Officer, we encourage you to visit our Employment Opportunities page, learn more about the requirements and qualifications, and sign-up for our recruiting mailing list for future updates.

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Biography of the Police Chief

Information on the current Terre Haute Police Department Chief.

Biography of the Police Chief

Information on the current Terre Haute Police Department Chief.

Chief of Police

Chief Shawn Keen received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in history from Chaminade University of Honolulu and his Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Oklahoma.  Additionally, he holds a criminal justice certificate with graduate studies from the University of Virginia.  Chief Keen graduated with honors from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy’s 135th Session.  He is also a graduate of the 259th Session of the FBI National Academy and the Indiana Associations of Chiefs’ of Police Executive Leadership Academy.  Chief Keen is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and served as a military policeman and later as a member of the Hawaii Armed Services Police on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.  Before joining the Terre Haute Police Department, Chief Keen also worked as a correctional officer for the Indiana Department of Corrections. 

Chief Keen has been a sworn member of the Terre Haute Police Department for over 22 years.  During this time, he has been assigned to the uniform patrol division and criminal investigation division where he served as assistant chief for ten years.  In addition to these primary duties, Chief Keen served as an operator, sniper, team leader, and commander of the Special Response Team for over 17 years.  He has also been a member of the department’s honor guard for over 18 years.  He was honored as the 2004 Officer of the Year by the Terre Haute Police Department’s Awards Committee and has received the following department awards: Combat Cross Medal, Gallantry Star Medal, Honorable Service Medal, Grand Cordon Medal, Police Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Exceptional Service Medal, Educational Achievement Medal, Military Service Medal, and Unit Citation Medal. 


Chief Keen is an active member of the FBI National Academy Associates and both the International and Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police.  Chief Keen and his wife Shelly have two children; Kelsey and Brendon. 

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Contact Information

Contact Information

Terre Haute Police Department
1211 Wabash Ave
Terre Haute In, 47807

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National Night Out


   Terre Haute’s National Night Out is managed by the THPD Juvenile Division.  National Night Out is a Police–Community Partnership sponsored at the national level by the National Association of Town Watch.  Over 11,000 communities participate in National Night Out and the City of Terre Haute has received national recognition for it’s participation in National Night Out.  Recently, Terre Haute’s National Night Out has ranked 11th overall in the United States.  Much of the funding for Terre Haute’s National Night Out is through a grant from the Vigo County Local Coordinating Council.


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City of Terre Haute Social Media Policy



            WHEREAS, the Board of Public Works and Safety, (hereinafter the “BPWS”) of the City of Terre Haute, Indiana (the “City”), is the governing body; and


            WHEREAS, the BPWS understands that social media uses are ever evolving; and


            WHEREAS, in an effort to promote citizen engagement with the City in a way that is productive, safe, and in the best interest of the City of Terre Haute and its citizens; and       


WHEREAS, the BPWS finds it necessary to guidelines for public postings on City social media sites.


            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Public Works and Safety finds it necessary and in the best interests of the City of Terre Haute and the public to implement the following guidelines for public postings on City social media sites:


Users and visitors to the City’s social media sites shall be notified that the intended purpose of the site is to serve as a means of communication between City departments and members of the public.  The City’s social media site articles, posts and comments containing any of the following forms of content shall not be allowed and shall be removed and archived as soon as possible:


  • Profane language or content;
  • Content that promotes, fosters, or perpetuates discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, age, religion, gender or gender identity, marital/familial status, status with regard to public assistance, national origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status or sexual orientation;
  • Threats against any City official, agent, or employee;
  • Sexual content or links to sexual content;
  • Solicitations of commerce, or promotion of commercial interests;
  • Conduct or encouragement of illegal activity;
  • Information that may compromise the safety or security of the public or public systems;
  • Content that violates a legal ownership interest of any other party; or
  • Content that defames or slanders another person.


Users shall be informed that all posts are monitored by City personnel and are subject to public information laws for municipal governments as outlined by the State of Indiana and will be archived for such purpose.  The City disclaims any and all responsibility and liability for any material that the City deems inappropriate for posting, which cannot be removed in an expeditious and otherwise timely manner.


  • These guidelines must be displayed to users or made available by hyperlink.
  • Note: Any content removed based on these guidelines must be retained, including the time, date and identity of the poster when available, in accordance with the City’s policy on the retention of such information.  In order to accomplish this all City social media accounts must be configured to enable access and record maintenance by the City’s Information Technology Department.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City reserves the right to restrict or remove any content that is deemed in violation of this policy or any applicable law; and


            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, this Resolution shall be in full force and effect upon its adoption.


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