Kane added to police force

Photo courtesy of the City of Huntingburg
Austin Kane (center), pictured with Huntingburg Police Chief Art Parks (left) and Mayor Steve Schwinghamer (right), was sworn in as Huntingburg’s newest police officer.


HUNTINGBURG — A new officer has been added to the Huntingburg Police Department.

Austin Kane was sworn in after being hired by the Huntingburg Board of Public Works & Safety during a special meeting Wednesday morning.

Kane, 21, is a native of Huntingburg and graduate of Southridge High School. He was a jailer at the Dubois County Security Center.

He has gone through and passed the agility, stress and psychological tests, HPD Chief Art Parks told the public works board. Last month, the board gave him a conditional offer and later set Wednesday’s special meeting to swear him in.

Kane will attend the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy at the end of August. Along with the 17 weeks at the academy, Kane has to complete 40 hours of pre-basic training that must be done before he goes to the academy as well as 12 weeks of field training.

To let the training process continue, Kane had to be sworn in first.

“He had to have been sworn in to get him into the academy,” Parks explained. “The academy was coming up at the end of August. We wanted to make sure he got in by that date.”

Once his training is done, the department will have all of its 14 officer positions filled.

“We will be back full force once he's once he's finished,” Parks said. “That will be next year.”

The board also:

• Approved closing one block of Fourth Street east of U.S. 231 on July 23, during the Fourth Fridays event.

• Heard that the signs leading drivers to the railroad bypass have been ordered.

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