La Porte City police announce new procedures in response to governor’s executive orders

The La Porte City Police Department announced today that it will institute specific procedures, starting at midnight, as part of its response to Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s shelter-at-home order during the COVID-19 pandemic.

These steps are being taken, said Nathan Thode, LPPD assistant police chief, as the department balances the safety of the citizens, visitors, businesses, civilian employees and sworn officers in La Porte:    

“Starting Wednesday, March 25, 2020, our records personnel will be down to one clerk per business day.   All records/accident requests should be either emailed or phoned in.  We ask that you provide an email address or fax number to send those to you if you are cleared to receive them.  Contact LPPD records via email _Records@lpcitypd.com  or by phone 219-362-9446.  Records will be available Monday through Friday,  7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Handgun permits will be processed though no fingerprints will be done.   Most of the handgun permit can be started on line and fingerprints taken off site.   Please call ahead for appointment once you have completed the online requirements and have your fingerprint receipt.   On-line applications can be accessed www.in.gov/isp/2829.htm

We ask the public do their business via the email or telephone; however the lobby will be open from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. for limited walk in traffic for police matters.   There will be a sworn police officer working the front desk Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you have police or records-related questions, do not hesitate to call 219-362-9446 to speak with the desk officer.  After 4 p.m., follow the prompts on our automated answering system to be connected with dispatch.     

“All detectives and patrol officers will be on duty during their regular assigned shifts. As the in the past week, it will be up to the individual officer if they wish to handle non-emergency calls over the telephone when possible.  All emergency calls, in progress and accident calls will be answered as always.   All patrol shifts will be actively patrolling and checking their neighborhoods and businesses with heightened awareness to closed businesses.   Please do not take it personally if an officer is maintaining social distancing or decides to wear protective devices.  Our officers respond to approximately 2,800 calls for service a month and they must be cautious.

The La Porte Police will not be stopping vehicles to check for compliance with the Governors order however if they will be keeping a watchful eye for any criminal activity as they always have.  No passes will be required from the public and we simply ask that all citizens comply with the orders and use common sense.   We are all in this together and will come through it better as a community and stronger than ever.  Please practice kindness and patience in these unusual and uncertain times.”  

   

One Response to “La Porte City police announce new procedures in response to governor’s executive orders”

  1. Joe

    Mar 25. 2020

    God’s Blessings and Strength to our Fire, Police and especially ALL health workers!!!!

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