Chief Deputy Luke R. Howard is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but has spent the vast majority of his life in the Southern Indiana / Louisville, Kentucky area. Chief Howard began his 27 year law enforcement career in 1991 with the Louisville Police Department. He retired from the Louisville Metro Police Department in December of 2014 after 23 years of service with the rank of Lieutenant.
During his career with LMPD, Chief Howard worked a variety of assignments and held a number of positions throughout the city as a patrolman, detective, supervisor, adjunct training academy instructor, and accumulated over 16 years of experience as a commanding officer. Notable assignments included tours in the Crimes against Children Unit, Internal Affairs Unit, Chief’s Office, and 4 years as the department’s Hostage Negotiation Team Commander. Chief Howard’s final assignment for LMPD was as an Operations Lieutenant and Shift Commander for the 5th Division where he was in charge of 22 officers, 3 sergeants, and 6 detectives.
In January 2015 Chief Howard accepted a newly created lieutenant’s position for the Indiana University Police Department’s Southeast Campus in New Albany, IN where he served as second in command of an 11 officer police department. Responsibilities included acting as the chief in his absence and managing statistical crime data for the federally mandated Clery Act and NIBRS reporting requirements.
In June 2016 Chief Howard accepted his current position as the Chief Deputy for the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department. His primary responsibility during this time has been to help rewrite and revamp the department’s policies and procedures. He is serving as the department’s Accreditation Manager and is assisting Sheriff Seelye in leading the department through the process of becoming one of only a handful of Indiana law enforcement agencies to achieve CALEA accreditation. Chief Howard also investigates all of the department’s internal investigations.
Chief Howard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from Indiana State University, a Master of Science degree in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University, and is currently slated to graduate from the University of Louisville with a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice in May, 2018. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute, Administrative Officer’s Course, 131st Class and is scheduled to attend the 272nd session of the FBI National Academy, commencing in April 2018.