Patrol Division

Responsibilities
The Patrol Division provides a 24/7/365 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.

Duties
  • Assist the citizens of the City of La Porte in resolving conflicts, civil disputes, and other problems that they might be experiencing
  • Assist the La Porte City Fire Department, La Porte County Emergency Medical Services, and other law enforcement agencies in the performance of their duties
  • Complete the initial investigation of crimes that have already been committed
  • Enforce all local ordinances, traffic laws, and criminal laws
  • Respond to and investigate all traffic accidents
  • Respond to crimes in progress
Training
  • Basic recruit training from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy
  • Communication and conflict resolution training
  • Firearms training in the use of both our service handgun and shotgun in daylight and low light situations
  • Officer safety training
  • Patrol techniques
  • Report writing techniques
  • Techniques for conducting area and building searches
  • Techniques for presenting evidence and courtroom testimony
  • Techniques of crime scene investigation
  • The La Porte Police Department's 14-week field training program
  • Traffic crash investigation techniques
  • Traffic enforcement training
  • Traffic passenger safety systems
  • Unarmed defensive tactics training
Equipment
  • Squad cars
    • 2001 Chevrolet impala
    • 2003 and 2004 Dodge Intrepids
    • 2005 Ford Crown Victoria
    • 2006 Chevrolet Impalas
    • 2007 Dodge Durango equipped as a K-9 unit
    • 2007 Dodge Chargers
    • 2008 Dodge Charger
    • 2010 Chevrolet Impalas
    • 2011 Chevrolet Impalas
    • 2012 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 patrol rifles
  • Bulletproof vests
  • Handcuffs
  • Chemical agent irritant issued to all officers
  • Tasers available to all officers
Special Traffic Safety Programs
  • Operation Pull Over - passenger restraint, impaired driving and dangerous driving enforcement program
  • DUI: Task force Indiana - impaired driver enforcement program