Blake Barnard

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Service Record

Agency Yorktown Indiana Police Department
Rank Officer
Dates of Service Hired in 2011.[1]
Salary $66,107 (2021)[2]
Last Known Status Suspended[3]

Commendations

2015 Officer of the Year

Barnard was named Officer of the Year by the Yorktown Police Department.[4]

2019 Officer of the Year

Barnard was recognized as the Officer of the Year as he "excelled in the investigative division", including a mail theft case.[1]

2020 Officer of the Year

Barnard was recognized as the Officer of the Year by the Yorktown American Legion Post #321.[5]

2020 Officer of the Month

In June 2020, Barnard was named Officer of the Month.[6]

Incident Reports

2013 Arrest of Loraine Greer

On August 28, 2013, Barnard and other officers were called to a business where Greer was threatening to shoot the owner. The 83-year-old Greer pointed a handgun at Barnard, who showed "tremendous restraint" in not shooting her.[7]

Greer was arrested for pointing a firearm, intimidation with a deadly weapon, and criminal mischief.[7]

2021 Neglect of Duty

On November 7, 2021, Barnard and another officer responded to a burglary in progress. They discovered an intoxicated man who was trying to break into an apartment complex. The suspect was Barnard's brother, Brayden Barnard. Officer Barnard did not arrest his brother, choosing to take him home instead.[3]

Barnard did not conduct interviews or file paperwork for the call, and told the other officer there was no need for paperwork or charging information. No record of damages, witness or victim statements, or incident reports were filed.[3]

Response Timeline

A witness brought the case to the department's attention, which triggered the Indiana State Police to investigate.[3]

The town marshall recommended that Barnard be fired for neglect of duty, failure to enforce the law, failure to be alert, conduct unbecoming an officer, and violating the oath of office.[3]

On March 29, 2022, the city council held a disciplinary hearing and voted to suspend Barnard for six months.[3][8]

LEO Ratings

Training and Tactics rating: bad
Protect & Serve rating: neutral
Individual Rights rating: neutral
Accountability and Integrity rating: bad
Off Duty rating: neutral
Ratings Definitions

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Facebook post, Yorktown Police Department, 2020-02-25
  2. Blake Barnard, Police Officer, Yorktown Civil Town, govSalaries
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Lucas Gonzalez, Yorktown police officer receives 6-month suspension after failing to arrest brother in November break-in, WRTV, 2022-04-01
  4. Facebook post, Yorktown Police Department, 2016-01-07
  5. Facebook post, Yorktown Police Department, 2021-03-02
  6. Facebook, Yorktown Police Department, 2020-06-17
  7. 7.0 7.1 Woman, 83, arrested after pointing gun at police officer, The News Sun, 2013-08-30
  8. Disciplinary Hearing, Yorktown City Council, 2022-03-29