Elkhart at a glance

Population by race and Hispanic origin

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Full-time law enforcement staff, Elkhart Police Department

  • 128 Officers
  • 32 Civilian staff

Full-time law enforcement officers per 1,000 residents

  • 2.38 Elkhart
  • 1.6 National average, cities with 50,000 to 99,999 population
  • 2.2 National average

These figures reflect the Elkhart Police Department only, and do not include state or other police agencies that may be present in this location.

Federal grant funding for Elkhart

We were unable to locate any federal grant funding for this location based on our standard search parameters. Learn more about the grant programs we are tracking.

Military equipment transfers

Data last updated July 9, 2024

$689K value of military equipment has been transferred to the Elkhart Police Department

The highest-value stock number reported is MINE RESISTANT VEHICLE with 1 item valued at $689,000.00 each

Recent equipment transfers

Military equipment transfers
Ship date Item and National Stock Number (NSN) Quantity Acquisition value, each Acquisition value, total DEMIL code DEMIL IC
1 1 @ $689,000.00 $689,000.00 C 1

Local police misconduct data, consent decrees, and settlements

Data last updated July 17, 2023


We identified 1 publicly reported settlement that resulted in $7,500,000.00 in monetary compensation to victims.

Year Description Outcome

Keith Cooper settled a wrongful conviction lawsuit with the City of Elkhart, Indiana for $7.5 million, the largest amount paid to a plaintiff in a wrongful conviction lawsuit in Indiana history

In 1996, Keith Cooper was wrongfully convicted of armed robbery. Cooper filed a lawsuit against the Elkhart Police Department claiming that their police officials, including detective Steve Rezutko, framed him through “false witness statements and unduly suggestive photo lineups.” The eyewitnesses who testified at Cooper’s trial later admitted that they had been manipulated by Rezutko into implicating Cooper. DNA evidence later identified the shooter as a man who was convicted of murder in Michigan in 2002. Cooper was the first Indiana man to be granted a pardon based on actual innocence in 2017.

Cooper’s co-defendant, Christopher Parish, was exonerated and awarded a nearly $5 million settlement in 2014.