Pulaski County Officer Named Indiana Department of Homeland Security Task Force Commander

Ron Patrick (L) and IDHS Executive Director Joe Wainscott

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has announced that 10 commanders are now in place to continue development of the regional emergency response task forces evolving into a statewide network of emergency support.

Ron Patrick, Chief Deputy of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, has been named as the Task Force Commander for District 2. The commanders are responsible for overseeing daily administrative operations, and recruiting resources to establish and expand the capabilities of the task force they oversee.

Patrick has served as Chief Deputy for the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department since 2003. He has served with the Indiana Army National Guard for the last 29 years. He was hand-picked as a member of the National Guard to work as an Embedded Tactical Trainer Team Sergeant in Afghanistan with the Afghanistan National Army in 2004-2005.

The ten task forces are in different stages of development but expected to be fully formed and operational by spring of 2012. Staffed with local firefighters, law enforcement personnel, emergency medical services personnel, emergency managers, and other local emergency response professionals, the District Response Task Forces will support county emergency management agencies within the district.