Marion Police Officer Stephen Pyle is retiring after having served 21 years with the department.
On July 26th, 1999, the Marion native and 5th-generation grain farmer began a career with the Marion Police Department with high ambition to serve his community. He excelled in firearms, and became certified through the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) as a Firearms Instructor for pistol, shotgun, patrol rifle, and M14. In addition to standing out as a Firearms Instructor in various weapons, Pyle is also ILEA sniper-qualified, and an ILEA Advanced Emergency Vehicle Operations (EVO) Instructor.
Pyle served on the Special Weapons & Tactics (SWAT) Team from 2004 to present, nearly consecutively. He was active in the Community Initiative Resource Team (CIRT) from 2011 – 2016, having participated in parades, Youth Academy, Citizens Academy, and much more. Beginning in 2014, Pyle was one of a small group that implemented and conducted active shooter preparedness training under the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) method for Marion Community Schools and several local small businesses.
Pyle said he’s looking forward to the next challenge, while focusing on his family. “This job is a young man’s game. It takes a toll on you physically and mentally. My family has taken 2nd fiddle, and now it’s time for them to take center stage and be the focus from now on,” expressed Pyle.
Of all facets of his law enforcement career, Pyle said instructing was his greatest fulfillment. “I instructed with the mindset that you want the next generation to be better than yourself. I don’t like ‘boxed’ training, so I have always thought outside my comfort zone and taught others to do the same, because you never know what’s going to happen on the street.”
Pyle said he will remain in Marion, will continue farming, and will be available as a resource to anyone locally, countywide, or statewide.
Chief Angela Haley expressed, “Steve will be missed. Some of my fondest memories over the years involve calls Steve and I were on together. He loves a good laugh regardless of whether it is at his expense or a friend’s. He’s a tough guy with a soft spot for kids.”