Vanderburgh Co. Sheriff Dave Wedding recalls 42 years in law enforcement

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VANDERBURGH CO., Ind. (WFIE) – Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding says his 42 years in law enforcement have been marked by the community that has supported him.

“We have a law enforcement agency that gets along very well with members of our community,” Sheriff Wedding said. “I couldn’t be happier to serve Vanderburgh County for this reason.”

As he prepares to leave law enforcement at the start of the year, he shared his thoughts as he enters a new chapter in his life.

“You’re kinda happy to be leaving and also kinda sad to leave such a great career,” Sheriff Wedding said.

He led the way through the pandemic, home explosions, mass shootings and warehouse fires.

“It makes you proud to have an agency where people look up to us and think we’re really something,” Sheriff Wedding said.

He thought back to the crazy times in his career, including when Alabama fugitives Casey and Vicki White were found in Evansville.

“Once we got the info, started working on it, we solved the case in less than 10 hours. Couldn’t have had better gift wrapping for us,” Sheriff Wedding said.

He spoke about the work done at Vanderburgh County Jail during his tenure.

“We’ve done a really good job of getting people in, putting them through some sort of judicial review and getting them out if they don’t need to be incarcerated,” he said.

Wedding is proud of the training his office has provided to his deputies. The training center was dedicated in 2017, all at no tax cost to the county.

“We train them to treat people with professionalism, courtesy, but we also train them to protect themselves so they can go home to their families at the end of the day,” he said.

With Noah Robinson now set to take the reins in the new year, Wedding says they’ve spoken several times already.

“We will be transferring the office to Sheriff-Elect Robinson so he has a smooth transition and can start a very successful year in 2023,” he said.

Even though his time in law enforcement is up, he doesn’t rule out the possibility of staying in politics.

“I would like to end up working somewhere in Indianapolis,” Sheriff Wedding said.

He said having the community behind him made his job easier. The occasional coffee bought by the car in front of him in the drive-thru and the occasional “thank you” gave Wedding’s work much more meaning.

“It has been nothing but a pleasure to serve as Sheriff of Vanderburgh County,” he said.

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