LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Lafayette Police Captain Kurt Wolf is retiring after 35 years of service. News 18 talked to him and Police Chief Patrick Flannelly about his years at LPD.
"When he would eat, it's like a vacuum," said Chief Flannelly.
Captain Kurt Wolf has a big appetite. He loves food but he also hungers to keep people safe.
"It's what I've wanted to do since I was a little kid," said Captain Wolf.
He's been protecting the community for more than half of his life.
Wolf showed News 18's pictures of him swearing into LPD with a full head of curly hair.
"It's gone," said Wolf. "Now I don't know whether it's the job or whether it's genetics. My dad and my brothers all had a full head of hair."
Things have certainly changed over the years.
"Police cars are a lot different, the technology is unbelievable now," said Wolf.
However, Captain Wolf has kept up with it all. He's worked in every single division and mentored many people, including Police Chief Patrick Flannelly.
"He was one of my first Sergeants as an officer 25 years ago," said Flannelly.
But it's what Wolf has done for juveniles in Tippecanoe County that has gotten him national recognition.
"I think that's probably the biggest thing in my career that I think has made a difference," said Wolf.
He helped reform the area's juvenile detention program and helped police learn how to deal with children.
"As a police force, we don't have any training in how to handle kids," said Wolf.
So, he pushed for a Policing the Teen Brain Program in Tippecanoe County.
"Juvenile arrests overall are down, recidivism rate is down," said Wolf.
"How can the community thank you?" asked News 18's Kayla Sullivan.
"They don't have to," said Wolf. "I've been blessed to serve here, I really enjoy Lafayette."
He's going to stick around the area but still unsure what he will do next. His last day is May 13.
"It's going to be emotional on that day," said Wolf.
He is looking forward to a little less stress, though.
Wolf will be recognized by the department at its annual retirement and recognition ceremony on May 17.
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