Warsaw officer follows fallen father's footsteps

Left - Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office: Sergeant Jeff Shaw Right - Warsaw Police Department: Officer Nickolas Shaw

Warsaw Police Department

Warsaw Police Department

WARSAW, Ind. - It was bittersweet for the family of Officer Nickolas Shaw, who received his ceremonial Oath of Office from Mayor Thallemer Friday, nine years after his father, Sergeant Jeff Shaw, of the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office, was killed in the line of duty.

Officer Shaw was hired in June of 2022, and successfully completed the mandatory one-year probationary period on June 26, 2023.

During the last year, he completed Warsaw Police Department's field training program and graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. 

Officer Shaw is a graduate of Warsaw Community High School and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Affairs from Purdue Fort Wayne in 2022.

Prior to joining the Warsaw Police Department, Officer Shaw worked for Kosciusko County Work Release and spent a short time in the jail division for the Sheriff’s Office. 

Officer Shaw is following his father's footsteps into law enforcement nine years after his father was tragically killed in the line of duty.

In November of 2009, when Officer Shaw was 9 years old, his father was on patrol along State Road 14, when he collided with a truck that was veering off the roadway, overcorrected, and struck him head-on.  

Sergeant Jeff Shaw's radio unit number was 43-29, which was retired by the Sheriff's Office after it had been his for 11 years.  As a probationary officer for Warsaw Police, a new officer receives a temporary radio number. 

After completion of the probationary period, officers are assigned to a shift and assigned a permanent radio number. 

Nick has specifically requested his radio number be “429”, as it is symbolic of his father’s number.

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