Greensburg Chief of Police Stacey Chasteen was the first presenter of the afternoon, and she delved into the history of her department before taking questions.
Chief Chasteen noted the position of Police Chief was initially an elected office.
The term "chief' wasn't used until early in the 20th century, she
added, mentioning that the first individuals to serve in her
position were known as Marshals.
Chief Chasteen brought along an historical record of the many who have previously served in her position, which is presently designated via a Mayoral appointment.
Much of the research into the GPD's rich past was completed by Sgt.
Steve Barnes, said Chasteen
said the GPD
consisted of four total officers in 1906.
In contrast, more than a century later, her
department is presently composed of 19 officers including herself.
She's hoping to add a 20th officer at some point in the future.
Chasteen explained she took on her duties in Feb. 2011 after working for several years in the GPD's Investigations division.
Chief Chasteen began her law enforcement career as a dispatcher in 1993.
Turning back the clock a bit, an early form of breathalyzer and a rather primitive radar detector are presently on display at the museum, each of which were talked about during the chief's presentation.
Neither closely resembles its modern day counterpart.
Moving back into the present, Chief Chasteen described her job as "very interesting and different every day," and she mentioned the many recent drug arrests around the community are integral in not only taking the arrested individuals off the street, but also in helping establish leads to other cases.
The crackdown is working, Chasteen
said, before issuing a stern condemnation of narcotics activity within the Tree City: "The Greensburg Police Department
will not tolerate drug activity," she
Decatur County Sheriff Greg Allen offered the same amount of reverence for his position as Chief Chasteen had displayed of hers.
Sheriff Allen borrowed a can of pepper spray from Chief Chasteen and explained its temporary disabling effects on those unfortunate enough to receive a whiff of the substance.