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Board Member

My name is Dennis Kunkel and I have served as a board member with the Georgetown Township Fire Protection District since January of 2014.   I am currently the Chief of Police for the Town of Georgetown Police Department as well as their police canine handler and department instructor.   Prior to this position, I spent 23 years with the City of New Haven, Indiana Police Department in Allen County, Indiana; with my last position held being the department’s mid-shift patrol supervisor, department tactical instructor, K9 handler/trainer and department SWAT commander.   I have over 10 years of fire service experience from my past position as a volunteer fireman with the City of New Haven Fire Department in Allen County, Indiana, in addition to spending over 1.5 years as an emergency medical tech with a private ambulance service (Emergency One Corp.) that served the Fort Wayne/Allen County Indiana area in northeastern Indiana.   I hold an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Management and a Master of Science degree in Management.   I have attended a number of job specific courses including, but not limited to, a graduate of the Police Chief Executive training at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield Indiana, Police Executive Leadership Training through I.A.C.P. in Indianapolis, Incident Command Training through FEMA and I have been instrumental in the training of hundreds of law enforcement officers and emergency personnel in a number of disciplines including, but not limited to, all phases of K9 handling, active shooter response, chemical weapons, tactical search and apprehension, defensive tactics.   In addition, I am an accomplished author of a number of police training articles published in National Police Canine journals and on the internet.   I hold a board position on the Floyd County Local Emergency Planning Commission as well as serve as Executive Vice-president for the American Police Canine Association.   The A.P.C.A. is one of four National canine associations in the country with a membership base of over 400 law enforcement canine teams from across the United States and Canada.   I maintain a number of specialized certifications including, but not limited to, a certified Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board Instructor, American Police Canine Association Master Trainer, Indiana SWAT operator certified, TASER certified and Chemical Weapons instructor certified.   I have attended a number of professional development courses to include, but not limited to, Crime Scene Management, Internal Affairs Investigations, NIMS/Incident Command IS100 thru IS704, Police Canine Administrative & Liability courses, SWAT Legal & Liability courses, Cultural Diversity training, Active Shooter Response training and Environmental Crimes & Prosecution.   I deeply appreciate this opportunity to serve as a member on the Georgetown Township Fire Protection District Board; and as a community member of Georgetown Township myself with over 35 years of combined law enforcement and fire service experience and training, I feel I have a good understanding as to the needs of our fire district and the community they serve.   I encourage all community members of Georgetown Township to get involved with your local fire district through taking the time to stop in and meet the emergency professionals that serve you.




Dennis Kunkel