Elwood Police Department
"Serving & protecting the citizens of Elwood Indiana"
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1505 South B St
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Chief of police Sam Hanna graduated from Anderson High School in 1970 and from Anderson College in 1974 with his bachelors degree in criminal justice. His father was an Anderson police officer for 23 years and often is most notably recognized as the security officer for Frisches Big Boy Restaurant. While still attending college, Hanna received an internship and served as a reserve for the Madison County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD).
Hanna began as an intern for the MCSD in 1973 and attended the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield in 1975, the first year it was open. Hanna served as a counselor at the academy twice, in 1975 and 1977 and was a liaison between students and staff. He worked at the Madison County jail from 1974 to October of 1975 and was a patrol officer with MCSD until 1981 when he began his long term career in the criminal investigations division. Hanna served as a senior detective and was the first plain clothes detective on the force. During his tenor he was the lead investigator on 13 homicides and countless questionable death cases. Hanna was shot six times in 1978 while following up on a routine suspicious vehicle call and returned to work after a mere two to three weeks of recovery time.
In 1990 the television series Top Cops re-eacted the shooting of Hanna. Hanna went to Toronto, Canada to help producer Sonny Grosso depict the re-enactment of the shooting. Actor, Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) portrayed Hanna for the series. The series was filmed in 1989 and aired in late 1990 and early 1991. The episode can be viewed below.