Chief Michael Diekhoff

Chief Michael Diekhoff

  • Bloomington Police Department (Indiana)

Michael Diekhoff began his career with the Bloomington Police Department in 1987 as a patrol officer. He worked his way up the ranks, supervising both patrol and investigations, and was appointed Police Chief in January of 2008.Chief Diekhoff is active in issues that impact policing today. From creating an award winning program called “Downtown Resource Officers”, a program whose officers work daily focusing on helping those people experiencing homelessness, mental health crisis and substance use issues to creating the State of Indiana’s first Police Social Worker program. He is always looking for innovative ways policing can help the community.

Chief Diekhoff is an active member of the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police having been a past President of that organization and currently serving on the Government Relations Committee and is the President of the Foundation Board of Directors. He also is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and serves on the Police Administration Committee and as a member of the Midsize Agencies Section. Chief Diekhoff is also active in the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). He was recently recognized for the agency’s efforts in hate crime reporting and helped lead a webinar on hate crime reporting where PERF challenged departments across the country to report bias crimes. Chief Diekhoff has also been a presenter at the IACP conference and for the Department of Justice on Hate Crime Reporting.

A native of Bloomington, Indiana, Chief Diekhoff is a graduate of Indiana University, the University of Louisville Southern Police Institute Administrative Officers Course and the PoliceExecutive Leadership Academy.


  • Final Q&A: What’s next? Fitting PSWs Into Your Community

    The final question and answer session will allow attendees to ask panelists specific questions about unique programs. Attendees that submitted their questions at registration will get their questions answered and have the opportunity to ask panelists follow-up questions or ask members to elaborate on a topic discussed throughout the conference.

  • Law Enforcement Track: The Politics of Police Social Work

    The breakout session will discuss the political environment that affects Law Enforcement agencies and the community including funding departments and the defunding the police movement, accountability within the department, and public safety policies.