The Avon Police Department was established in 1996. The department's jurisdiction encompasses over 250 lane miles and serves a population of approximately 22,000 residents. The police department is staffed with 35 merit officers and a civilian staff that includes an Administrative Assistant as well as a Crime Scene Investigator. The Police Department is led by Chief Sean Stoops, Deputy Chief Brian Nugent, and Deputy Chief David Margason.
Chief Stoops is one of the first six officers hired as an Avon Police Officer in 1997. He was promoted to Detective in 2000 and became the supervisor of the Investigations Division in 2004. Chief Stoops supervised the Investigations Division for over 10 years while also serving as a crisis negotiator and a firearms instructor for the Department. Chief Stoops is also a graduate of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department's Leadership Academy as well as Leadership Hendricks County Class of 2018. Stoops was appointed as the Chief of Police in April of 2014. Prior to working for the Avon Police Department, Chief Stoops served in the United States Air Force for three years as well as the Indiana Air National Guard for four years. He has also worked for the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.
Deputy Chief Brian Nugent began working for Avon in 2003. During his time with the agency, Nugent worked as an uniform officer for 2 years, after which he was promoted to the rank of Detective from 2005 to 2014. In 2014, Nugent was appointed to the position of Deputy Chief of Police. Deputy Chief Nugent has served as a crisis negotiator, taser instructor, field training officer, field training coordinator, drug recognition expert, emergency vehicle operations instructor, public information officer, and is a graduate of Leadership Hendricks County 2015 as well as the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Leadership Academy class of 2016. Prior to working for the Avon Police Department, Deputy Chief Nugent served as an officer with the Tell City, Indiana Police Department. Deputy Chief Nugent is also a graduate of Vincennes University as well as the University of Evansville where he obtained his bachelor's degree in criminal justice and sociology in 2002. Deputy Chief Nugent oversees the agency hiring and recruitment, supervises the Investigations Division, serves as our Public Information Officer, runs social media platforms, Project Lifesaver program and other public relations details and events on behalf of the agency.
Deputy Chief Margason began working for Avon in 1998. During his time with the agency, Margason has worked as a uniform officer for 20 years, where he has served as a night shift Sergeant and night shift Lieutenant. While serving in these capacities, Deputy Chief Margason served as a field training officer and program coordinator as well as an accident reconstructionist. Deputy Chief Margason was appointed to the position of Deputy Chief of the Enforcement Division in December of 2018. Deputy Chief Margason is also a 1998 graduate of Indiana State University where he obtained his bachelor's degree in Criminology. Deputy Chief Margason supervises all uniform officers and oversees our proactive policing initiative, known as the Crime Action Team.
The Avon Police Departments responds to over 17,000 calls for service per year for the community. With a strong community policing initiative and a proactive approach to reducing crime, the Avon Police Department is at the forefront of modern policing and the use of technology. Our department has also been featured on CBS National News, Fox News, and other national news organizations as a result of our community policing strategy and hiring protocols. For more information regarding our department activity and community engagement, we invite you to review our 2018 annual report (PDF).
The Avon Police Department administrative offices are open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm The administrative office may be reached at 317-272-4485. For non-emergency police response, please contact the Hendricks County Communications Center at 317-839-8700.