City swears in 4 new officers


Chief Kevin Jowitt with officers Matthew Foley, Scott Donlan, Michael Schmidt and Benjamin Lugar at the March 9 swearing-in ceremony. (Submitted photo)

On March 9, the Noblesville Police Dept. held a ceremony to swear in four of its newest police officers. The ceremony took place in the council chambers at city hall. Chief Kevin Jowitt officiated. The new officers are Michael Schmidt, Matthew Foley, Benjamin Lugar and Scott Donlan.

After being hired in October 2016, the officers attended the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield, where they spent 15 weeks receiving training in a variety of areas to include criminal and traffic law, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, human behavior, physical tactics and EMS awareness and more. The officers successfully graduated from the law enforcement academy Feb. 16, 2017.

Since graduating from the law enforcement academy, the officers have received in-service training and will start the 16-week Field Training and Evaluation Program. During this next phase of training, the officers will be assigned to several different field training officers (FTO) who will evaluate the performance of the new officers as they learn to apply their training from the academy to the day-to-day functions of being a police officer. After successful completion of the Field Training and Evaluation Program, the officers will be certified to work by themselves and will be assigned to a shift within the Patrol Division.

Once complete, the officers will have accumulated more than 39 weeks, approximately 1,560 hours, of training prior to being released to work as a police officer for the City of Noblesville.

Michael Schmidt

Schmidt was born in Ft. Wayne in 1981. He graduated from Snider High School in 1999. He attended and graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s of science degree in medical technology in 2004. He is married and has one child. His hobbies include weight lifting and hiking.

Matthew Foley

Foley was born in Evansville in 1983. He graduated from Castle High School in 2002. He graduated from Ball State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 2007. He is single and has one child. His hobbies include baseball and jiu-jitsu.

Benjamin Lugar

Lugar was born in Indianapolis in 1993. He graduated from Carmel High School in 2012. He graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in law and society in 2016. He is engaged and has no children. His hobbies include hockey, tennis and archery/target shooting.

Scott Donlan

Donlan was born in Beech Grove in 1991. He graduated from Westfield High School in 2009. He graduated from Marian University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2013. He is single and has no children. His hobbies include exercising, biking and tennis.