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Specialized Teams: N.C.S.O.G. (Special Operations Group)

Due to Noble County's increasing methamphetamine problemNoble County Special Operations Group Armored Truck and the high-risk situations that police officers were beginning to encounter on a more frequent basis, then Sheriff Gary Leatherman decided to form this elite team in April of 2004. In the beginning, the Noble County Sheriff's Department and the Kendallville Police Department combined their efforts both in manpower and logistics to form the team. Currently, the Noble County Special Operations Group operates under the authority of Noble County Sheriff Harp and and is under the direction of the Team Commander, Doug Ewell.



The main objective of the team is to take control of any situation that may occur where an officer's or a citizen's life may be in jeopardy. In addition, the team is frequently used to serve arrest or search warrants where the potential exists in which armed suspects may be encountered. This team is available to all jurisdictions within Noble County in times of need.


The team is comprised of approximately 7 to 12 officers. In addition, two paramedics from the Parkview-Noble EMS system train with the team and respond to team activations.


Each team member volunteered and was required to pass a physical fitness evaluation and firearm's qualification requirements.NCSOG Team Members


The team members are expected to maintain a degree of physical conditioning and firearm's proficiency above that required of other officers. Training is conducted monthly and under a variety of conditions to simulate actual deployments. Mock scenarios designed for intense training conditions continually test each member's level of physical conditioning, firearm's proficiency with a variety of special weapons, and mental status under stressful conditions.

THE NCSOG Team often trains with specialty teams from other agencies in surrounding counties to ensure a coordinated, well-trained response for mutual aid to a critical situation.


N.C.S.O.G. Members:

  • Deputy Doug Ewell(NCSD) Team Commander
  • Deputy Brian Walker (NCSD)
  • Deputy David Worman (NCSD)
  • Sgt. Chris Moriarty (NCSD)
  • Deputy Brandon Chordas (NCSD)
  • Deputy Jason Koontz
  • Jeremy Hammer (Parkview-Noble EMS) Paramedic
  • Heather Williams (NCSD) Communications