Chief Adam Klimczak

City of La Porte, Indiana

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1206 Michigan Avenue La Porte, Indiana 46350 * Phone (219)362-9446 * FAX: (219)324-4375

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Mission Statement

The La Porte Police Department will provide efficient, cost effective full service law enforcement to the citizens of and visitors to La Porte, Indiana in a manner that is responsive to the ever changing needs of the community through the application of proven community policing and problem solving strategies.

Contact Information

Citizens are requested to immediately report all crimes and suspicious activity through one of the following methods.

  • To report a crime in progress or other emergency situation; immediately call 911.
  • To report a crime that is not in progress; a non-emergency situation or to give or request information about something call (219) 362-9446 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM. After hours or on weekends or holidays citizens can call (219) 362-6205.
  • Crime or drug information and intelligence may also be submitted anonymously through our Anonymous Crime Tip Form. However, this form is not to be used by victims to report crimes that they were victims of in lieu of contacting the police department to report the crime.

Background Information

  • Jurisdiction
    • La Porte, Indiana was first settled in 1830 and takes its name from the French phrase for "The Door."
    • The City of La Porte is located in La Porte County, the second largest county from a geographic standpoint in the State of Indiana.
    • La Porte is governed by an elected Mayor and seven member City Council.
    • La Porte has a very active Chamber of Commerce and a strong economic development program.
    • La Porte is currently seeing some substantial infrastructure improvements in terms of transportation projects. 
    • La Porte's nickname is "The Maple City."
    • In 2014, La Porte was also officially recognized as the "Antique Capital of Indiana."
    • La Porte has a total area of 12.2 square miles of area, of which 0.7 square miles is water, and it has over 150 miles of streets..
    • The population of La Porte in the 2010 census was 22,053.
    • La Porte has four major highways; US 35, Indiana 2, Indiana 39 and Indiana 4 going through it and is located in close proximity to Interstate 80/90 and Interstate 94.
    • La Porte is only a one hour drive from the Chicago Loop and in within a one day drive of half the population in the country.
    • Norfolk and Southern's main railroad line between Philadelphia and Chicago runs through La Porte as does a branch line of the Chicago, South Shore and South Bend freight railroad.
  • Department Background Information
    • The La Porte Police Department was founded as a metropolitan police department in 1910.
    • In 1930, the La Porte Police Department's affiliation with Fraternal Order of Police La Porte Lodge #54 began with all 15 officers on the department at the time becoming FOP members.
    • The Fraternal Order of Police purchased the department's first police radio in 1937.
    • In the 1940's, with the building of the Kingsbury Ordinance Plant five miles south of town and the resultant influx of  people which forced the department to expand; the La Porte Police Department was considered to be one of premier police departments in the country.
    • The La Porte Police Department currently has an authorized strength of 43 sworn officers; a civilian support staff of six people; a take home squad car program; highly computerized information systems and of course, a modern radio system.
    • The La Porte Police Department is dispatched by the La Porte County Emergency 911 Center. 

Events and News

  • According to NHTSA statistics over 80% of traffic crashes are as a result of some type of driver distraction. If you or a loved one like to text while driving please watch the following video. Texting While Driving Video.
  • NEW Some informational brochures have been placed on our Information page to hopefully answer any questions that citizens have concerning city ordinances and also give people some crime prevention tips.
  • The La Porte Police Department would like to remind citizens that if they believe that they are victims of a fraud or scam they may report the incident to the Federal Trade Commission. To learn more about reporting incidents to the Federal Trade Commission please watch their informational video.
  • Upcoming Traffic Enforcement Events.
    • DUI: Taskforce Indiana funded impaired driving patrols will be run on July 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26.
    • There are 60 hours of Operation Pull Over funded seat belt patrols scheduled during July, 2014.
  • Department Calendar of Events and Meetings:
    • 08/07/2014 - There will be a meeting of the La Porte Neighborhood Watch Association at 7:00 PM in the main floor meeting room of the La Porte Police Department, 1206 Michigan Avenue.
    • 08/12/2014 - There will be a meeting of the  La Porte Police Department Merit Commission at 2:00 PM in the main floor meeting room at the La Porte Police Department, 1206 Michigan Avenue.
    • 09/04/2014 - There will be a meeting of the La Porte Neighborhood Watch Association at 7:00 PM in the main floor meeting room of the La Porte Police Department, 1206 Michigan Avenue.
    • 09/09/2014 - There will be a meeting of the  La Porte Police Department Merit Commission at 2:00 PM in the main floor meeting room at the La Porte Police Department, 1206 Michigan Avenue.
    • 10/02/2014 - There will be a meeting of the La Porte Neighborhood Watch Association at 7:00 PM in the main floor meeting room of the La Porte Police Department, 1206 Michigan Avenue.
    • 10/14/2014 - There will be a meeting of the  La Porte Police Department Merit Commission at 2:00 PM in the main floor meeting room at the La Porte Police Department, 1206 Michigan Avenue.
    • 11/06/2014 - There will be a meeting of the La Porte Neighborhood Watch Association at 7:00 PM in the main floor meeting room of the La Porte Police Department, 1206 Michigan Avenue.
    • 11/18/2014 - There will be a meeting of the  La Porte Police Department Merit Commission at 2:00 PM in the main floor meeting room at the La Porte Police Department, 1206 Michigan Avenue.
    • 12/09/2014 - There will be a meeting of the  La Porte Police Department Merit Commission at 2:00 PM in the main floor meeting room at the La Porte Police Department, 1206 Michigan Avenue.
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Web Site Overview

  • Goals
    • To give the web site visitor an overview of the La Porte Police Department, its personnel and equipment and the service it provides to the community.
    • To provide people that are thinking about moving to our community with information regarding the excellent police service the La Porte Police Department provides to this community.  
  • Site Map
    • The Community Policing page provides information regarding Community Outreach Program such as our Citizen's Police Academy and our very active Neighborhood Watch Program. This page also incorporates some forms that citizens can use to give crime tips and traffic complaints.
    • The Heritage page contains information regarding the La Porte Police Department's 100th anniversary as well as some old photographs that we thought people might enjoy looking at.
    • The Information page has statistical information regarding the La Porte Police Department including annual reports and monthly calls for service data as well as information concerning the traffic safety programs that our department participates in, some frequently asked questions and some crime prevention tips.
    • The Operations page has information about the various divisions, personnel and equipment that comprise the La Porte Police Department. This page also has links to photos of department administrative personnel on it.
    • The Records Division page has information about records and report release policies and handgun permits.
    • The Recruiting page has information about the requirements for becoming a La Porte Police Department and downloadable versions of the applications for Police Officers and Reserve Officers. 
    • The Training page has a list of upcoming training events hosted by the La Porte Police Department.

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