La PORTE, IN (Feb. 3, 2021) - The La Porte Police Department has a new tool to help fight crime in the city, according to Police Chief Paul Brettin.
As of Sunday, Jan. 31, the department launched its new street crimes unit. This team, comprised of two officers and one canine, will work to combat all areas of concern reported by both citizens and officers. Brettin said this includes not only street-level drug enforcement, but also other crimes such as theft and vandalism.
"We are thrilled to once again have this program going," Brettin said. "The mayor has made it clear from the beginning that we will be cracking down harder than ever on drugs and other crimes in La Porte. Having a dedicated team of officers to focus solely on these issues will help us pinpoint these criminals and get them off our streets."
Brettin said this unit will work closely with the LaPorte County Drug Force, the LaPorte County Fugitive Apprehension Street Team and other City of La Porte officers to address these issues. He said residents who would like to submit a crime or drug tip can do so online at www.cityoflaporte.com/police, or by calling the department at 219-362-9446.