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Edinburgh, IN 46124
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    (317) 346-6336 x 0
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    Administrative Hours Monday through Friday
    8:00 am -5:00 pm
    Closed for lunch
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    *Excluding some state holidays. * Administrative office is closed for the following holidays: New Year's Day Presidents Day Good Friday Memorial Day Independence Day Labor Day Veteran's Day Thanksgiving Day Day after Thanksgiving Christmas Eve Christmas Day **Holiday's are observed on Monday or Friday if the holiday falls on a weekend.
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History

 

Edinburgh Police Department, circa early 1900's, located at Thompson and Holland Streets. The prisoner bars located in the background were handmade by a blacksmith whose shop was located at St. Rd. 252 and Holland Street and have been used continually since that date.

The Edinburgh Police Department was established in 1853 when the town of Edinburgh was incorporated. The first police station was located at the corner of Holland & Thompson, the site of the present city parking lot. Before portable radios were available, lights on the top of poles located at Main Cross and Holland and Main Cross and Walnut were activated by the dispatcher. This alerted the officer that there was a call. Since World War II, Military Police from Camp Atterbury have accompanied local officers when military personnel were in town on overnight passes. This policy continued into the late 1980's. Edinburgh has a colorful past which demonstrated the variety of people who have chosen to make their homes here. The police department has always endeavored to serve and protect the residents.

May of 1954, the Edinburg Police Department moved from 113 S Holland Street to 107 S Holland Street adjacent to the Utility office.  News Article 

 

May of 2002 the Police Department moved to their new location at 200 S. Main Street 

The Edinburgh Police Department EPD 2002continues to update in an attempt to keep up with the fast pace of technology. With the help of the Johnson County Commissioners and the Johnson County Consortium, which Edinburgh is a part of, Edinburgh has the state of the art digital radio system. In November 2003, Edinburgh Police was brought on line with the Johnson Countywide computer system which allows all agencies to see what the other is doing and who they are dealing with in an attempt to apprehend criminals who are going into multiple communities committing crimes.

In mid 2004 Edinburgh Police joined the rest of Johnson County with the installation of laptop computers in the police cars where the officers may be dispatched wirelessly and eventually silently. The wireless communication enables officers in the field to respond to calls and respond over the laptop the disposition of the calls. The wireless link is the fist in Indiana to be solely on the 800 mhz digital radio towers in lieu of using cellular towers at a high cost to the county. In early 2005 Johnson County officers will be online with the state Indiana Data Communication System (IDACS) where officers will have mobile access to bureau of motor vehicle files and driver license files, also officers will have access to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) to search for wants and warrants. Previous to the countywide computer, the criminals slipped through the cracks and/or detectives and officers had to call other agencies to find out the information which is not at their fingertips. Edinburgh's use of laptop computers in the police cruisers, which will allow dispatchers to send calls by computer and reduce the radio traffic that sometimes is monitored by the criminals again giving police the upper hand.

 
The multi-million dollar funding comes from "911 telephone fees charged to telephones throughout the county and a Hoosier Safe-T State Grant. A Federal Homeland Security Grant through the Johnson County Emergency Management Director Forrest "Tug Sutton has assisted Edinburgh in obtaining a new Caterpillar diesel generator for the police department so when the power goes out, the police and fire dispatch will never be without power as in the past. The system is eventually supposed to connect the entire state together as a statewide law enforcement network. Hopefully when a disaster strikes, whether it is weather related or otherwise, Edinburgh will be ready with a radio system capable of communicating with multiple agencies unlike in the past where we were unable to talk to other agencies because of a frequency barrier.
 
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