The Federal Bureau of Investigation has broadened its investigation into the Vincennes Police Department, city officials say.
City employees, including Mayor Joe Yochum and all seven members of the city council, were asked to hand over their city-issued tablet computers for review, the mayor confirmed Friday.
The FBI was still working to collect all of the Microsoft Surface computer tablets, the mayor said, and it was unclear exactly when the city would get them back.
The FBI earlier this month served a warrant to city officials and conducted an hours-long search of VPD headquarters at 501 Busseron St.
A spokesperson with the FBI's field office in Indianapolis, at the time, declined to provide any information about the nature of their investigation as did an attorney with the U.S. Attorney's Southern Indiana District in Indianapolis.
City officials, too, say they're being kept largely in the dark, but just hours after the search, the mayor announced that city police chief Dusty Luking had been placed on paid administrative leave.
Assistant chief Terry Johnson is serving as interim chief until the investigation is concluded.
City council members will meet in regular session at 6 p.m. Monday, and Yochum said he hopes the tablets will be returned in time for that meeting.
The council members are issued their meeting packets — which includes things like the claims docket, any new legislation, ordinances, resolutions to consider, etc. — via those tablets.
Many of the council members, too, use them to communicate with each other and conduct city-related business via email.
If the tablets aren't returned by Monday, Yochum said, they'll have to go old-school.
“We'll have to go back to paper (packets) like we did before,” he said.