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Captain Gary Voegel
SWILEA Commander

gvoegel@evansvillepolice.com
(812) 436-7940 

Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from University of Evansville.
Police Officer: 1981 In Arvada CO; 1982 Evansville Police Dept
Work History: 1982 in Patrol; 1992 as the Department Fitness Officer;1994 as Patrol Sergeant; 2000 as Lieutenant over South Sector; 2007 as Captain over Patrol; 2012 as Captain over Training.

Sergeant Brian Talsma
SWILEA Director

btalsma@evansvillepolice.com
(812) 436-7950 

Police Officer: 1995 Evansville Police Dept
Work History: 1995 in Patrol; 2000 Patrol K-9 Handler; 2005 Public Information Officer; 2007 Promoted as Patrol Sergeant; 2011 as Internal Affairs Commander; 2016 as SWILEA Director.

Officer Jared LaFollette
SWILEA Lead Instructor

jlafollette@evansvillepolice.com
(812) 436-7952

Police Officer: 2002 Evansville Police Department
Work History: 2002 in Patrol; 2006 as a Field Training Officer; 2013 as a South Sector Crime Prevention Officer; 2016 as SWILEA Lead Instructor Training: Firearms Instructor; STOPS instructor; SFST Instructor; Active Shooter instructor.

Officer Chuck Knoll
SWILEA Firearms Instructor

cknoll@evansvillepolice.com
(812) 436-7951

Bachelor of Arts in Management from Albion College: Masters in Criminology from Indiana State university.
Police Officer: 1992 In Lapel IN as Reserve, 1995 Evansville Police Dept
Work History: 1995 in Patrol; 1997 as an Accident Investigator; 2002 to present as Field Training Coordinator; 2005 to present as Dept. Firearms Coordinator and a Lead Academy Instructor.