WLPD welcomes a new Chief of Police

Former Deputy Chief Troy Harris was sworn in as the new Chief of Police for the West Lafayette Police Department Tuesday morning.

Posted: Feb 8, 2019 1:02 PM
Updated: Feb 8, 2019 1:02 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — It's been 11 years since the city of West Lafayette has seen a new Chief of Police, but that all changed on Tuesday morning.

"I'm gonna have everything in the room that I care the most about." said Harris. "I'm gonna have my family there. I'm gonna have my officers there we're gonna have members from the community and of course we're talking about what I love to do which is law enforcement."

Former Deputy Chief Troy Harris was sworn in as the new Chief of Police for the West Lafayette Police Department Tuesday morning.

"Once the Mayor asked if I would take the position, I certainly agreed to do so," Harris said.

Former Police Chief Jason Dombkowski said Harris is more than ready when is comes to filling his shoes.

"We've been preparing Troy Harris for this job for 20 years. I was his training officer when he hired onto the agency," said Dombkowski. "There is nobody that is more prepared for this role, not only at the West Lafayette Police Department, but I would argue in our region or our state to be the next chief of police of this proud agency."

West Lafayette Major John Dennis said, "He will improve it (the police department) everyday because that is just the kind of man Troy is."

Harris doesn't have a long list of to do items or changes to make. For the past decade he worked with Dombkowski and they made decisions together to improve the department.


Soon, Harris will celebrate 21 years of service at WLPD.

"I love my job," Harris said. "I've loved my job since the day I started so, it's just a different level of excitement."

In the past, Harris has worked as a detective and patrolman. He knows how the department is suppose to run and wants to continue being progressive.

"Now training the next generation or officers, training the next Chief of Police that's a very important position of any administrator, to make sure that when I'm ready to leave when don't miss a beat," added Harris.

WLPD Captain David VanVactor is taking over as the next Deputy Chief. He will be sworn into office Tuesday, Feb. 12.

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