The Mooresville Metropolitan Police Department began in 1878 as a Town Marshal system, which is for cities or towns that are goverened by a board rather than a mayor. The marshals patrolled the town streets, enforced both local and state laws and assisted neighboring police agencies in their time of need. The first Chief Marshal was William F. White, who served only two weeks before being asked to resign. Over the course of the next 29 years, their would be an additional 19 Chief Marshals.
On May 21, 1907, J. Ed Nelson became the first uniformed officer for the Mooresville Police Department. Chief Marshal Nelson was also the first officer to be "urged" use of "cage" for temporary detention of arrested persons. This "cage" is still in use at the Mooresville Police Department today. After Chief Marshal Nelson resigned on January 28, 1909, an additional 18 Chief Marshals would follow.
On August 11, 1952, Chief Marshal Clarence "Cy" Rariden collapsed and died while directing traffic at the corner of Indiana Street and High Street. To date, this is the Mooresville Police Department's only in the line of duty death.
On August 1, 1994, Timothy C. Viles, was appointed by the Mooresville Town Board. Two years later, the Mooresville Police Department went from a Town Marshal system to a Metropolitan Police Department with a three member police commission and a retirement package (the 1977 Police and Fire Pension). On March 20, 2014, Chief Viles retired from his position.
On August 13, 2014, Richard D. Allen was appointed by the Mooresville Town Board as Chief of Police.
The Mooresville Metropolitan Police Department is currently made up of Chief Richard Allen, three shift lieutenants, three shift sergeants, twelve patrol officers and two detectives.
104 W. Main St.
Mooresville, IN 46158
(317) 831-6056 Fax
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