Assistant Chief


Assistant Chief Matthew J Traster is a graduate of Prairie Heights High School and moved to DeKalb County in 1997 starting off working at the DeKalb County Jail. He graduated the Jail academy and joined the Butler City Police Department Reserve program in April of 1998. In 2000 he was hired as a full time patrol officer and since then has enjoyed working with the citizen of Butler and fellow officers. Officer Traster was promoted to Detective Sergeant in 2009 and has since been promoted to Assistant Chief. Officer Traster has been certified in several areas of investigation and has received numerous awards including, valor, merit and Officer of the Year for 2013. Officer Traster graduated in the top 1/2 of ILEA Course 01-196. He strives for community oriented Policing and community oriented mindset. Some of Officer Traster's certifications are as follows : Expert Rifle, Expert Handgun, Taser, Bean Bag Shotgun, Crisis intervention Officer, Reid Interview and advanced Reid School. identifying deceptive behavior, SANE certified, and was part of the Sexual Assault Response Team. Officer Traster is also the first and only Law Enforcement Officer in DeKalb County to be an investigator with the State and Federal Joint Task Force I.C.A.C (  Internet Crimes Against Children ). Officer Traster has been certified in several computer crimes investigation techniques and he is also certified through the Indiana Pharmacy Board for Indiana INSPECT.

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