Meet the Officers
Chief Officer Terance Smith Decatur Unit 1
Lead Officer Paul Tutsie Decatur Unit 2
- 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
- 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
- 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!