Meet the Officers

Chief Officer Terance Smith Decatur Unit 1

Lead Officer Paul Tutsie Decatur Unit 2

Officer Paul Tutsie Photo
  • 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!”

Officer Paula Petty Decatur Unit 3

Officer Paula Petty Photo
  • 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.

K-9 Officer Talon Decatur Unit 6

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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!