The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office employs 40 full-time Merit Deputies and approximately 20 Reserve Deputies in the Uniform Division. These deputies are responsible for patrolling the streets of Johnson County, responding to calls for service, completing reports of incidents and crimes, enforcing the laws of the State of Indiana, and maintaining peace and order. There are 4 full-time shifts, with deputies working 12 hour days for maximum coverage.
Each shift is supervised by a Lieutenant and Sergeant to help ensure the smooth operation of the Sheriff’s Office patrol responsibilities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Jerry Pickett graduated from Whiteland High School and attended Vincennes University. Jerry began his law enforcement career in 1983. Jerry has worked in both the Jail Division and the Road Division of the Sheriff’s Office, advancing through the ranks of Reserve Deputy, Deputy, Sergeant, and Lieutenant. Major Pickett served for a decade as a K9 handler and has served on the SWAT team, where he has been the SWAT Team Commander for the last five years. Major Pickett received training from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, and enhanced training in multiple K9 schools, multiple schools of Management and Supervision, and SWAT schools with focuses on Planning Missions and Liability. Major Pickett has received numerous awards throughout his career, including Officer of the Year, a Meritorious Service Award, three recognition awards from the Mothers Against Drunk Driving organization, and a Life Saving award. In his position as Enforcement Division Commander, Major Pickett will oversee the daily operations of the Road Division.