History of Newburgh Police Department
As we look back into the
history of the Town of Newburgh, the first documented police force was formed in
From 1870 until 1945, the
Constable or Marshal was the only member of the department. In 1945, the Town
Marshal expanded the department to include a Deputy Town Marshal.
In the 1970ís, downtown
Newburgh was home to an Outlaw Motorcycle gang called the Grim Reapers. The
Newburgh Police Department spent several years dealing with the crimes and
corruption that this gang brought to the Newburgh downtown area. In the late
1970ís, the Grim Reapers packed up and moved to the Evansville area.
The Newburgh Police
Department has grown from one Marshal or Constable to eight (8) merit officers
and three (3) reserve officers.
The Newburgh Police
Department was the first police department in Warrick County to install laptop
computers in all units. Officers have the ability to do reports and documents
from within their units and check records of individuals they are dealing with
on the street.
Marshals - Newburgh, Indiana
1. John Wesley Ervin
Constable in 1870
Born in 1839 and died in 1911. Buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Newburgh. Wife,
Lucinda was born in 1833 and died in 1921. She too was buried in Rose Hill.
2. James Monroe
Constable in 1876
Born in Ireland in 1838 and died in 1886. Buried in Wood Cemetery in Ohio
Township, Warrick County Indiana.
3. John V. Foster
Town Marshal in 1880
Born in Indiana in 1835 and died in 1801. He is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in
4. James Butterworth
Constable in 1886
5. George Bell Jr.
Constable in 1912
Born in Newburgh in 1874 and died in 1918. he is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in
6. John McCarty
Born in 1861 and died in 1922. He is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Newburgh.
His wife was Amelia. She was born in 1874 and died in 1950. She too is buried in
Rose Hill Cemetery.
7. William H. Bottoms
Constable in 1916
8. Claude Williams
Marshal in 1953
9. Samuel Petty
Born in 1885 in Indiana, he died in 1976 and was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in
Newburgh. His wife, Rosa, was born in 1886 and died in 1970.
10. John R. Taylor
Born in Indiana in 1861 and died in Newburgh in 1946
11. Joseph Jones
Born in Newburgh in 1883 and died in 1943. He was buried at Rose Hill Cemetery
in Newburgh. His wife, Hazel Ruby was born in 1883 and died in 1922.
12. Edwin F. Hawkins
Marshal in the late 1940's
Shot and killed a soldier from Camp Breckenridge. Hawkins thought he was AWOL.
Born in 1880 and died in 1951. Buried at Memorial Park Cemetery In Evansville.
His wife was Inez.
13. Porter Brown
Marshal in the late 1950's.
Born in 1881, he died in 1958. He was buried at Maple Grove Cemetery in
Boonville, Indiana. His first wife was Clara, born in 1885 and died in 1938. His
second wife, Elsie, was born in 1901 and died in 2000. Elsie was also the second
wife of Clarence Westfall, a druggist in Newburgh for many years.
14. George Steimel
Town Marshal from 1955 to 1960
Born in 1899, he was found dead at his desk in 1960. For 10 years, he was ranked
"Pistol Champion" for the State of Indiana. He was also an Indiana State
Trooper. His wife was Mae.
Marshal in 1966 (Perhaps as early as 1961)
Retired from the Evansville Police Department. At his time of death, he was the
manager of Roberts Stadium Parking Lot. He was born in 1907 and died in 1979. He
was buried at Park Lawn Cemetery in Evansville. His wife, Helen was born in 1912
and died in 1966.
16. Joseph Fisher
17. Richard Meinhart
18. Charles Marx
19. Dennis Patton
Chief of Police from 1979 to 2004.
Visit Chief Patton's Memorial Page.
20. Brett Sprinkle
Chief of Police from 2005 to current.
Newburgh Police Department
527 State Street
Newburgh, Indiana 47630