Chief Adam Klimczak
City of La Porte, Indiana
serving the community since 1910
1206 Michigan Avenue La Porte,
Indiana 46350 * Phone (219)362-9446 * FAX: (219)324-4375
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Community Outreach Programs
- Citizen's Police Academy
- The Citizen's Police Academy is a twelve week program
are taught by sworn police officers from various
branches of the La Porte Police Department. Classes
will be held one night per week for three hours and are free
to all qualifying members of the public. The purpose of this program is to facilitate better communications between
the police department and the citizens of La Porte County through education.
Graduates of this program will be better informed and have a greater
understanding of police procedures and practices. We currently do not have any
Citizen's Police Academies scheduled.
- Selection Requirements
- Must be a La Porte County resident or work within the La Porte Police
- Must be at least 21 years of age.
- Must have no felony convictions.
- Must have no misdemeanor convictions in the last three years.
- Must be willing to undergo a background investigation.
- Must be approved by the Chief of Police.
- Topics Covered in the Citizen's Police Academy
- Recruitment and training.
- Criminal and traffic law.
- Use of force.
- Accident Investigation.
- Crime Scene Processing.
- Defensive Tactics.
- Emergency Vehicle Operations.
- Traffic Stop.
- Bike Patrol.
- K-9 Operations.
- Emergency Response Team Operations.
- Applications and Information
- Explorer Post
Learning for Life's career education program for young men
and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade)
or 15 through 20 years old. Adults are selected by the
participating organization for involvement in the program.
Color, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic
background, economic status, and citizenship are not
criteria for participation.
purpose is to provide experiences to help young people
mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring
adults. Explorers are ready to investigate the meaning of
interdependence in their personal relationships and
based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and
the organizations in their communities. Local community
organizations initiate an Explorer post by matching their
people and program resources to the interests of young
people in the community. The result is a program of
activities that helps youth pursue their special interests,
grow, and develop.
can specialize in a variety of career skills. Exploring
programs are based on five areas of emphasis: career
opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character
education, and leadership experience. Anyone who fits the criteria listed above and is
interested in a future career in law enforcement is
encouraged to attend a meeting and begin the application
regarding the explorer program should be directed to
Reserve Officer Michael Siford who is currently the advisor of the
Explorer post. Reserve Officer Siford can be reached by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- La Porte Neighborhood Watch Association
- The La Porte Neighborhood Watch Association has been in existence in the City of
La Porte since 1994 and meets at the police station on a regular basis. Neighborhood Watch
is a very vital program to the police department as well as the community. The Neighborhood Watch program serves as the police departments eyes and ears
and is a very valuable network and source of information for its participants.
The La Porte Police Department's Liaison is
Reserve Officer John Bello.
- The La Porte Police Department realizes how vital and strategic a role
the La Porte Neighborhood Watch Association plays in this community and intends
to support the La Porte Neighborhood Watch Association in such a manner as to
maximize its benefits for all community stakeholders. Meeting dates and
other information concerning Neighborhood Watch can be found on the main page on
this site and the La Porte Police Department in partnership with the La
Neighborhood Watch Association encourages all citizens of the City of La Porte to
consider Neighborhood Watch membership as a way of increasing their level of
- Beat Meetings
- The La Porte Police Department will also begin holding
regular meetings with citizens in different areas of the city in
order to seek input on we can better serve the citizens of
La Porte. These meetings are being held in cooperation with
the La Porte Neighborhood Watch association and initially will be
used as informational meetings for Neighborhood Watch. The
La Porte Police Department will try and have as many on-duty officers as possible attending these meetings so that
the public can meet them and explain any concerns.
- Partnership With The La Porte County Metro Task Force
- The La Porte Police Department has officers assigned to work with the
La Porte County Metro Task Force to address the drug problems in this community
as well as La Porte County as a whole and is a joint venture between the larger
law enforcement agencies that works under the overall direction of the La Porte
- The Metro Task Force is the unit that handles almost all ongoing drug
investigations in the City of La Porte and is the unit that ultimately receives
any information that citizens provide about possible drug dealers in their
neighborhoods. All information of the type is taken very seriously and is
thoroughly investigated. Citizens are encouraged to call the La Porte
Police Department if they suspect that someone is selling drugs in their
neighborhoods. However, due to the difficult, time-consuming methods that
are used to investigate drug cases and the necessity of attempting to identify
suspects further up the drug supply chain; citizens reporting possible drug
dealers should not expect immediate results.
- Reserve Officer Program
- The La Porte Police Department has an active Reserve Officer Program that
we are currently planning to expand beyond its current four members. Reserve Officers are specially trained, unpaid volunteers that assist regular
officers from the La Porte Police Department in the performance of their
Special Enforcement Target Areas
- The La Porte Police Department realizes that certain areas within our
communities have significant ongoing problems develop that require special
attention in terms of patrol presence in order to address their particular
problems or issues. These special problems could be issues with criminal
activity, traffic problems or even quality of life issues such as noise or
animal ordinance violations. Unfortunately, we have limited manpower and
other resources, so we cannot always immediately address all of the chronic
problems going on in the city at one time. We must prioritize problems and
we also must be sure that we completely understand the problems and develop
systematic approaches to dealing with them. To learn more about problem analysis
and problem-oriented policing in general, you might want to look at the
Oriented Policing Center web site.
- Special Enforcement Target Areas
- The La Porte Police Department is currently running extra
traffic enforcement on Pine Lake Avenue in response to complaints from
area residents and business owners about chronic speeding problems in the
area. Officers are patrolling the area as much as possible in an effort to
curtail the problems of speeding and illegal lane changes and to prevent
- There have been numerous reports of illegal narcotics being sold from
residences on the near east side of town. We are utilizing saturation
patrols and other techniques to address this problem, but we encourage all
citizens to call in any suspected drug houses in their neighborhoods.
- In an effort to make it as convenient as possible for citizens to bring
problems in their neighborhoods to the attention of the La Porte Police
Department, we are in the process of creating a series of interactive forms that
will allow you to report problems anonymously if you wish. We strongly
encourage you to report any problems in your neighborhood by using these forms
and/or calling the police department because we cannot help you if we do not
know the problem exists. Please note that all crimes in progress and other
emergency situations should be reported immediately by telephone by dialing 911.
- Crime Tips is intended to allow you to report
any information that you have regarding possible criminal activity to the
La Porte Police Department. This form may be used to report
chronic problems of a minor nature, more serious situations such as drug
dealing and other similar problems or may even be used to give information that
will help us to solve past crimes.
La Porte Neighborhood
Watch Association Interest Form is a form that allows you to indicate your
interest in being contacted regarding Neighborhood Watch. You may fill
out and submit this form online and a La Porte Neighborhood Watch Association
representative will contact you.
- Traffic Complaint Form is intended to
allow you to report any chronic traffic safety problems in your
neighborhood. Problems that should be reported using this form
include: chronic speeding problems during certain hours of the day; problems
with motorists chronically running a particular stop sign and other similar