Second police department hire starts work

GREENFIELD — Dillon Silver is hoping his background at the Hancock County Emergency Operations Center will help him as he begins his new career as an officer with the Greenfield Police Department.

“I’ve gotten to see both sides of law enforcement,” Silver said. I worked at central dispatch for four years, and I believe dispatch is the heart of law enforcement.”

Silver is the second of two officers hired in February to start working in Greenfield.

He is a Rush County native and was employed by the New Palestine Police Department as a reserve officer for a short time before applying to be a Greenfield officer. Law enforcement has long been an interest of Silver’s, he said. He has been around police officers most of his life because his father, Russell Silver, is a member of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.

Police Chief John Jester said he’s glad to have Silver joining the department.

“He comes to us with some unique experience because he worked for dispatch for so long,” Jester said.

Because Silver already has experience as a reserve officer, he will complete a shorter window of training with Greenfield before hitting the streets a patrol officer.

“We think we will have him out on the road pretty quick,” Jester said.

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