Police department hires area native

GREENFIELD — Isaac Galbraith said he always knew he wanted to be a police officer. He recently achieved that goal by becoming the newest member of the Greenfield Police Department.

“This is where I grew up, and I wanted to give back to the community that raised me. I’m looking for a long future with this department,” he said. “My brother works with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, too. So, I guess I’m following in his footsteps as well, in a way.”

Galbraith is a Greenfield-Central High School graduate. He has completed criminal justice courses at Anderson University and was working for the Hancock County Jail before being hired by GPD.

Police Chief John Jester said having a local tie to the community can help an officer build a good relationship with residents, but it can also present some challenges. But Jester said he is sure Galbraith can handle them.

“I’m really excited to have Isaac with us, and we can’t wait to get him out on the road,” Jester said.

Galbraith will remain in training for eight months to a year. Before he is listed as an officer, he will need to complete 40 hours of criminal law classes, 16 weeks of field training and graduate from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.

Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or cvanoverberghe@greenfieldreporter.com.