You won't see a photo by Capt./Detective Robert “Bob” Amick with this story. He's done too much undercover work with the Southern Indiana Drug Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to warrant unnecessary exposure.
So, Amick said his farewells at an employee dinner held in his honor at Scottsburg City Hall on Thursday, May 26, and quietly retired after 39 years in law enforcement.
That's okay as far as Amick is concerned. “Time for some fishing and farming,” he said, his wife Terri at his side.
Amick has seen a lot of action in his years with the Scottsburg Police Department. He's worked for three mayors and under four police chiefs during his career, which began with the Austin Police Department.
He stayed with that department for three years, then became a deputy with the Scott County Sheriff's Department.
He worked part-time at first for the city police as a radio operator. In December, 1980, he was hired as a full-time patrolman. He soon went into narcotics investigation, a new field back then in those more innocent times.
He stayed in the field for 3½ years before going back to a patrolman and working his way up the ranks, earning sergeant stripes and lieutenant status.
Under then Police Chief Delbert Meeks, Amick's interest in narcotics investigations got him assigned to the Southern Indiana Drug Task Force. He earned promotion to captain and served as an officer with the task force and FBI for another 16 years.
Has it been dangerous? “At times,” he said. “It's become more dangerous through the present because there's more violence being committed by perpetrators. These property crimes (thefts, burglaries)? 99% of them are fueled by the need for (illegal) drugs.”
Consequently, a stretch of concentrating on fishing and farming with a son looks pretty good to this veteran.
Amick officially left the department at the end of May. He said he'll miss the camaraderie but not the hours he worked.
And he still has four active criminal cases on the books that will require a little more work on his part to finish up. So, this retiree will still be around for a while.
“Only for a while, though,” Amick cautioned.