The Cass County Sheriff’s Department has three new deputies, allowing the department to put two deputies into school resource positions.

Family, friends and members of the department surrounded Adam Martin, Jonathon Ousley and Robert Humphrey during the Nov. 12 ceremony where Cass County Clerk Beth Liming gave them the oath of office.

Martin graduated from Kokomo High School and attended Indiana University Kokomo.

He was a police officer with the Kokomo Police Department for 11-1/2 years and graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 2008.

He left law enforcement for about a year but wanted to return to it.

“I’ve heard some good things about Cass County,” including its leadership, from people he knows in the department, he said.

Ousley was a corrections officer in the Cass County Jail before his appointment as a deputy.

He is a 2003 graduate of Peru High School and an eight year veteran of the United States Marine Corp.

Ousely earned his associate’s degree from Ivy Tech Community College and is attending Indiana University Kokomo to complete his bachelor’s degree in social sciences.

He’s also a Cass County resident and has worked at the Cass County Jail for the last two years.

“Over the past couple of years, I’ve grown to like this community, and they’ve given me an opportunity to work here,” both with the jail job and this one, he said.

He wanted to be in law enforcement as a boy, but he’s gotten new appreciation as he’s grown older and has a 7-year-old son, he added.

Humphrey is a 2015 graduate of Lewis Cass High School.

He is attending Ivy Tech Community College and will graduate with an associate’s degree in criminal justice in 2020, and he has two years of experience with the Indiana Department of Corrections.

Humphrey said he’s wanted to be in law enforcement since he was little but made the conscious decision at about age 14.

“I’ve grown up and lived in Cass County almost my entire life, and I felt this was the best way to give back to the community and keep my friends and family safe,” he said.

The new deputies are receiving local training and orientation, Cass County Sheriff Ed Schroder stated in his press release on the three men.

Humphrey and Ousley will attend the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in January.

“These new employees are a great addition to the men and women who serve the citizens of Cass County. These employees will put the department at full strength and allow two officers to be assigned as school resource officers with the Pioneer and Lewis Cass School Corporations,” Schroder said.

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