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Community Corrections official getting used to new duties

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Community Corrections Home Detention Officer Logan Whitman works on a few cases at his desk.
It takes a special person to become a special deputy.

"Growing up, I had always wanted to be in law enforcement," Clay Community Corrections Home Detention Officer Logan Whitman said.

Whitman, 22, has been a member of Community Corrections since September 2007, and was sworn in as a special deputy on April 30.

The additional title has allowed Whitman to have extra responsibilities that he did not have before.

"Being a special deputy takes away some of the limitations of just being a Home Detention Officer," he said. "I can serve warrants and when I go out on a home inspection, I can arrest the individual on the spot if I find a violation instead of having to wait on a deputy from the Sheriff's Department."

Whitman did take an unusual path to get to where he is now.

After graduating from Northview High School in 2004, he attended Indiana State University taking many of his general education classes in Criminology.

"After his second year in college he came to me looking for a job, but there wasn't a position available at the time," Director of Community Corrections John Tabasco said. "But a year later, he came back asking to use me as a reference for his application to the Brazil City Police Department, and I told him to go ahead and put an application in with our office as well."

Tabasco has also been a special deputy for more than three years and prefers to take a low-profile approach to the position.

However, having two individuals with the ability to serve warrants and make arrests in certain situations have been a huge benefit for the Clay County Sheriff's Department.

"It allows us to keep our deputies on the road instead of being called off the job to make an arrest for a violation found during a home inspection," CCSD Chief Deputy Rob Gambill said. "It is also a great benefit when we have a large amount of warrants to serve because we can call them up to help in that aspect as well."

Two big contributors leading to Whitman being chosen to be a special deputy are his character and personality.

"Logan was chosen to be deputized not only for the need, but for his character as well," Tabasco said. "He is professional and courteous, and his presence also provides additional security inside the courthouse."

Gambill agreed that Whitman's demeanor was a big factor in the decision.

"We would love to have him as a full-on deputy in the department," Gambill said. "He is smart, educated and has a great personality. He has all the things needed for an applicant."

Gambill added that Whitman also has the trust of the sheriff, which is a special quality in itself.

Even though he has the ability to make arrests and carry a weapon, Whitman recognizes the differences in his positions.

"In the field, it is like being a full-fledged deputy," he said. "But as a Home Detention Officer, there is more social interaction with setting schedules for clients and working to put them into a pro-social atmosphere. Many of the individuals who come through Community Corrections without jobs and leave working a steady job 40 hours a week."

Tabasco elaborated in his praise of Whitman in the aspect that he is unlike others his age.

"He may be only 22 years old, but he carries himself much older than his years," he said. "Many people his age may be out partying, but he recognizes that the job comes with a higher responsibility in his social life as well."

Whitman is also attempting to further his education by taking classes at Ivy Tech this fall, but admits it is difficult.

"With being on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it is a struggle to take classes and get the degrees I would like to have," he said.

Whitman completed his training at the Clay County Justice Center and received his weapon certification from the Indiana State Police range in Putnamville, and from this point forward, he will receive any additional training that the deputies at the Sheriff's Department receive.

Whitman admits that the working relationship between the two departments makes the job much easier.

"We wouldn't be able to do our job as well as we do without the help of the deputies," he said. "Our jobs play different roles in the community, but in working together, we are more like a family."

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