Meet the Officers

Lead Officer Paul Tutsie Decatur Unit 1

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  • 1981 DCHS Graduate
  • 1985 Ball State University-Criminal Justice
  • 1990 Honors Graduate Reserve Class of the Indianapolis Police Department
  • 1993 Honors Graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (IPD)
  • 2014 Appointed as first Decatur Township School Police Department

Officer Tutsie has two sons Andrew '13 and Thomas '16 who graduated with honors from DCHS. Officer Tutsie has been both a youth coach and Varsity football coach in the township for over 30 years. “It is great to come home as a DTSPD officer and be able to give something back to both the students and the Decatur Township Community.”

“Once a Hawk, Always a Hawk!”

K-9 Officer Talon Decatur Unit 2

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  • K9 Officer Talon comes to the Decatur Township School Police Department from Mackinaw Valley Gun Dogs in Illinois. K9 Officer Talon is a Chocolate Labrador Retriever that will assist the other DTSPD officers in their investigations on a daily basis.
  • K9 Officer Talon's DTSPD handler is Lead Officer Tutsie, a 1981 Decatur graduate.
  • K9 Officer Talon will specialize in gun and bomb ballistic detection helping to make all Decatur schools a safer place to be for our students and staff.
  • In keeping with the Decatur Proud district motto, Talon's name literally is "The claw of the Hawk!"
  • Talon's older brother from a previous litter is Indy, IUPUI's Ballistic K9!

Please be sure to say hello to Talon when you see him, he loves making new friends!

Go Hawks!


Officer Paula Petty Decatur Unit 3

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  • 1987 Hamilton Heights Graduate
  • 1991 Ball State University- Criminal Justice/Social Work
  • 1995 Appointed Marion County Corrections Deputy
  • 2000 Graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy
  • 2000 Appointed Greenwood Police Department Patrolman
  • 2016 Appointed as DTSPD’s first female officer

Officer Petty brings 20 years of police experience to Decatur Township. She is a mother of two children, Adrienne and Bo.

Officer Petty has prior Decatur Township ties; as her father Jim Petty was a teacher and Head Men’s Basketball Coach at DCHS from 1975-1988. In her spare time, Officer Petty enjoys spending time with her kids, playing basketball, outdoor activities, volunteering as a homeless advocate and being involved in prison ministry at the Pendleton Reformatory.

Officer James Sheroan Decatur Unit 4

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  • 1993 Arsenal Technical High School Graduate
  • 1993 – 1999 United States Marine Corps Reserves Honorable Discharge E5 Sergeant
  • 1998 – 2016 Indianapolis Public Schools Police Department
  • 2010 – 2012  Marion County Sheriff’s Department Reserve Deputy
  • 1999 Graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA)
  • 2016 Appointed to Decatur Township School Police Department

James and his wife, Amber moved to Decatur Township in 2002 to raise their two sons, Marlin DCHS c/o 2015 and Samuel, who will graduate from DCHS in the year 2020. James has coached little league baseball, soccer, and basketball in Decatur Township. James is not originally from Decatur Township but is very proud to call Decatur Township his home.

Officer Donald Davis Decatur Unit 5

  • Graduated 1997 Ben Davis High School 
  • IUPUI- General Studies, Religious studies minor. 
  • 2002 -2008 Indianapolis Public School Police Department
  • Indiana Law Enforcement Academy(ILEA) Class# 2003-155 
  • 2008-2011 Greenwood Police Department 
  • 2012– 2013 IU Health Safety and Security Officer/ Trainer 
  • 2013-2018 Argos Police Department
  • 2018- Decatur Township School Police- SRO

Officer Davis has a blended family of 5 beautiful children with his amazing girlfriend. Officer Davis enjoys working out in his down time and spending time with his family taking walks, playing at the parks and Pokémon Go with his children. 

Officer Madison Burger Decatur Unit 6

  • 2016 DCHS Graduate
  • 2019 Indiana University Police Academy
  • 2020 IU- South Bend Graduate
  • 2016-2020 Member of IU South Bend Volleyball team


Officer Burger is a recent college graduate of Indiana University at South Bend. She is pursuing her life long dream of becoming a police officer. She is looking forward to returning to the school system that provided so many positive memories and opportunities for her. "I can't wait for the challenge of being a positive role model for the young girls in the district."

Officer Burger will also be the JV volleyball coach for the Hawks.

Officer Burger enjoys spending time outside, working out, and playing volleyball. She also enjoys playing with her St. Bernard puppy Sarge.

Officer Burger is the definition of Decatur Proud!