WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Jason Dombkowski said he is retiring from the West Lafayette Police Department after 25 years of service. Dombkowksi has been WLPD's chief for 11 years.
Dombkowski's law enforcement career started at 23 years old. In the 25 years since he's accomplished a lot, including serving as the president of the Indiana Chief's of Police to bringing body cameras to West Lafayette, making it the first department in the state to use the technology.
Now he's retiring but only from the department. He'll still be working with law enforcement, only on a different side of it.
"I'm going to be working for a body camera company, one that we know very well at our agency and I'll be the director of law enforcement relations," Dombkowski said.
Mayor John Dennis finds the career switch fitting.
"Making sure that the technology exists, that it's affordable and that the officers on the street know how to use it is critically important and you couldn't have a better guy than Jason Dombkowski to start those processes locally," said Dennis.
He added part of him always saw this coming.
"With his resume, with his experience and with his years of service it wouldn't be whether or not he could get something, the biggest difficulty for Jason would be what he's going to choose to do."
Dombkowski said after losing the race for Tippecanoe County Sheriff, he knew it was time for something new.
Although he feels this is the right decision, it won't make leaving the department any easier.
"I'll always love my time at WLPD, I look at it very fondly. But also certainly an honor and a privilege to have served as police chief for our city here for over a decade," said Dombkowski.