A local police officer with nearly three decades of experience has been hired to serve as a Concord Community Schools Police Department officer.
John Riddle, of Osceola, assumed the role of CCSPD officer on August 3, 2021. He joins Chief Nic Minder and Officer Darrin Tucker in ensuring the safety and security of Concord Community Schools.
Riddle was selected based on his many years of experience in law enforcement and his dedication to the youth of the community, said Nic Minder, Chief of Police and Director of Safety for Concord Community Schools.
“I am excited about the wealth of experience and knowledge Officer Riddle brings to our team. His commitment to serving others and the community speaks for itself. I know he will excel in his position with CCSPD as he embeds himself within our community,” Chief Minder said.
Riddle joined Concord from the South Bend Police Department where he served 29 years in a variety of capacities, most recently as Sergeant of the 1st Detail Uniform Division, a position he has held since 2007. He is a second generation police officer, following in the footsteps of his father Robert Riddle who served on the South Bend Police Department for 28 years. During his time in South Bend, he worked as a sergeant, evidence technician and field training officer, and served in the narcotics division and the investigative bureau. He was also a member of the department's rifle program.
He graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 1992 and completed additional training through the Police Executive Leadership Academy in 2008.
“I am thrilled for the opportunity to continue my career in law enforcement by serving the families of Concord Community Schools. I greatly enjoy working with the youth of our community and appreciate the support of the Concord Community Schools Police Department,” Riddle said.
He has served as a member of the South Bend Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #36, the St. Joe Valley Officials Association, and the South Bend Police Department’s Honor Guard. He received the revered Chief’s Award from the South Bend Police Department in 2014.
Riddle coached youth football for nearly eight years and was an IHSAA football referee for six years, during which time he worked the 4A State Championship in 2018. Those experiences with youth are treasured memories from his years in law enforcement, Riddle said.
“I look forward to building relationships with Concord students and staff, while also focusing on safety and security of all,” he said.
Riddle, and his wife Michele, have two sons -- Michael, 27, and Joshua, 21. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys spending time with his family.