New officer looking forward to joining community



JASPER — Switching in and out of poses with blood relatives and members of his new Jasper family, the smile on Logan Jones’ face didn’t waver on Wednesday night. Even after he took what felt like thousands of pictures.

He is happy to be home. And in a few months, he’ll begin patrolling the city’s streets as the latest addition to the Jasper Police Department. Jones was sworn into his new position prior to Wednesday night’s Common Council meeting at City Hall.

“I’m more looking forward to being part of the community again,” Jones, 28, said prior to the ceremony. He never felt that at his previous job with the police department in Henderson, Kentucky.

“But here being like home, I’m excited to finally be a part for good,” he said.

Born in Indianapolis, Jones later moved to Washington and eventually Ireland when his mother, Sandy Schnaus, remarried to Denis Schnaus. Jones remained in the Washington Community Schools system after moving to Dubois County and graduated from Washington High School in 2009.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Southern Indiana in 2015 and comes to the Jasper force with three years of experience in Henderson. Jones enjoyed working there and said leaving was hard. But he’s glad to be back.

“I always thought about coming back here, but I didn’t know how soon it would be,” he said. “Because it’s one of those smaller departments where they don’t hire very often. So, it was kind of surprising when they were hiring, so I just took the opportunity and jumped on it.”

Jones will begin trainings next week. Sgt. Adam Bower estimated those will last until springtime.

“It’s great,” Bower said of Jones joining the department. “We need manpower. Per capita, we’re down by a few officers. So, just getting some guys replaced that are retiring and moving out and filling specialty positions, it’s great to get guys back on the road.”

Jones’ wife, April, pinned his official badge on her husband’s uniform at the ceremony. Originally from Cocoa Beach, Florida, she too is looking forward to life in Southwestern Indiana.

“I’m ready to be a part of a smaller community,” she said, with Jones adding that she’s ready to be a country girl.

He said getting the opportunity to work in what he considers his hometown is “surreal.”

“It’s like, kind of the perfect story,” Jones said. “Where things just line up perfectly. You just have to sit back for a second, take it in and be like, man, it’s happening.”

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