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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Chief Adam Klimczak
Assistant Chief: Julie Smith
Captain Thomas Heath
Chief of Detectives Thomas Thate
- The Patrol Division provides a 24 hour a day, 365 days a year patrol presence
on the streets of La Porte. There are currently 32 officers assigned to the
Patrol Division. The Patrol Division uses fully marked vehicles
except for the three shift Captains who have unmarked vehicles.
- Respond to crimes in progress.
- Complete the initial investigation of crimes that have already been
already been committed.
- Respond to and investigate all traffic accidents.
- Enforce all local ordinances, traffic laws and criminal laws.
- Assist the La Porte City Fire Department, La Porte County Emergency Medical
Services and other law enforcement agencies in the performance of their
- Assist the citizens of the City of La Porte in resolving
conflicts, civil disputes and other problems that they might be
- Basic Recruit Training from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.
- The La Porte Police Department's 14 week Field Training program.
- Firearms training in the use of both our service handgun and shotgun in
daylight and low light situations..
- Unarmed Defensive Tactics training.
- Patrol techniques.
- Techniques of crime scene investigation.
- Traffic crash investigation techniques.
- Techniques for conducting area and building searches.
- Officer safety training.
- Traffic enforcement training.
- Communication and conflict resolution training.
- Report writing techniques.
- Techniques for presenting evidence and courtroom testimony.
- Traffic passenger safety systems.
- Squad cars include 2001 and 2002 Chevrolet impalas, 2003 and
2004 Dodge Intrepids, one 2007 Dodge Durango equipped as a K-9 unit, one 2005 Ford Crown Victoria, six 2006 Chevrolet Impalas,
six 2007 Dodge Chargers and four 2010 Chevrolet Impalas.
- Motorola two-way radios mounted in all squads.
- Radar units in all marked squads.
- Motorola portable radios issued to all officers.
- Glock Model 17 or 19 handguns equipped with night sights and Remington Model 870 shotguns.
- Some officers are qualified with and do carry AR-15 style
- Bulletproof vests.
- Chemical agent irritant issued to all officers.
- Tasers available to all officers.
- Special Traffic Safety Programs
- Big City/County passenger restraint program.
- Fatality Crash Reduction Effort aggressive driving
- DUI: Taskforce Indiana impaired driver enforcement program.
Chief of Detectives Thomas
- The La Porte Police Department has seven full-time detectives that are
assigned open cases and are responsible for investigating them until a
successful resolution is reached. Most cases involving actual criminal
violations are turned over to the Detective Bureau for investigation.
Officers are selected for assignment to the Detective Bureau by the Chief of
Police based on the results of an interview process. The
Detective Bureau has at least one detective designated as being on call at all
times, but all detectives can be called in to work for major cases.
- Investigate crimes, including both misdemeanors and felonies.
- Collect, analyze and store evidence.
- Interview and take statements from victims and witnesses.
- Interview and take statements from suspects.
- Apply for, obtain and serve search and arrest warrants.
- Arrest suspects with probable cause and/or warrants.
- Testify in court during criminal trials and associated hearings.
- Work in close cooperation with other law enforcement agencies to bring
both local investigations and investigations from other jurisdictions to
- Extradite and transport wanted subjects that are arrested in other jurisdictions.
- Interviewing techniques for victims, witnesses and suspects.
- Special interviewing techniques for specific types of victims, witnesses
- Evidence collection techniques for latent fingerprints, footprints, tool
marks, biological evidence and other evidence.
- Special photographic techniques for unusual lighting situations.
- Special techniques for investigating specific types of crimes.
- Techniques for handling gang and organized crime investigations.
- Techniques for conducting forgery and fraud investigations.
- Special Equipment
- Photographic equipment including digital, Polaroid and 35 mm cameras.
- Equipment for latent fingerprint
- Equipment for collecting footprints.
- Equipment for collecting tool marks.
- Equipment for
truth verification and certified operators to run that equipment.
- A small evidence processing
- Some video and electronic surveillance equipment.
- Time lapse video equipment.
- Digital printer to print photos from video tape.
- Soundproof interview rooms with closed-circuit television.
- Video camera for taping interviews.
The La Porte Police Department currently has
five officers certified to patrol on bicycles. The Bike
Patrol is deployed into specific areas in the City of La Porte
that are considered high crime areas or areas with a high
incidence of drug activity. The Bike Patrol is also used
to patrol during the Fourth of July Parade, the Sunflower
Festival and other similar community events. The Bike
Patrol gives the La Porte Police Department a better
opportunity to interact with people in the community due to
their increased approachability over officers patrolling in
cars. The Bike Patrol is also less visible when
approaching crimes in progress which gives it increased
capabilities in addressing certain problems, particularly those
that are drug-related in nature.
- Crime, drug and gang suppression.
- Night time theft suppression.
- Special assignments regarding crime prevention and
- City ordinance enforcement.
- Traffic law enforcement.
- Criminal law enforcement.
- Bicycle Patrol officers must undergo 32 hours of specialized before
being certified as a Bike Patrol officer. Sergeant Eric Struss is an
internationally certified police mountain bike instructor. Topics covered in this
General bike handling skills.
Patrol techniques for bicycles.
Descending and ascending stairs while riding a bike.
Tactical considerations when using a bicycle to patrol.
Nutrition and fitness training.
Five specially equipped mountain bikes, three Mrazek,
two Smith and Wesson.
Special radio headsets that allow the officers to talk on
the radio with both hands free.
Bikes are equipped with headlights, tail lights, spare
tubes, tire pumps and repair tools.
Officers wear bike shoes, shorts and special Cool Max