Portage Police Department (Indiana)

Portage Police Department (Indiana) Chief of Police: Mike Candiano Asst Chief: Ted Uzelac Major: Joe Reynolds Patrol Capt.: Mark Monks Capt.: Keith Hughes Capt.: Scott Harmeling

Officer Assistance - 24 hrs Clerical Hours: M-F 7am-5pm

Mission: The Portage Police Department is dedicated to working with all of its citizens in fighting crime, defending human rights, protecting life and property, and making our community safe for all. The public and visitors alike will find our officers to be courteous, dedicated professionals willing to help in any way they can.

Operating as usual

Please join us in congratulating Gabriel Acevedo as he was sworn in as the newest member of the Portage Police Departmen...
10/27/2020

Please join us in congratulating Gabriel Acevedo as he was sworn in as the newest member of the Portage Police Department today. Officer Acevedo is a Portage High School graduate with a degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois. After college Officer Acevedo spent a short time playing professional baseball in the Frontier League and then spent the last two years working for the Porter County Juvenile Probation Department. Officer Acevedo will begin his field training immediately and will attend the police academy this January.

****The paving work is complete and Stagecoach Road is open***Tomorrow, October 28th, 2020 between 7:00am and 3:00pm Sta...
10/27/2020

****The paving work is complete and Stagecoach Road is open***

Tomorrow, October 28th, 2020 between 7:00am and 3:00pm Stagecoach Road will be closed for paving between Marine Drive and Oakridge Street. Please avoid the area and use an alternate route if possible.

10/22/2020

Just wanted to send out a quick reminder. The telephone scams are still going on and probably will continue. Today we received three different calls about scams. Sadly, It's the same old story. Someone claims to be from the Social Security Office or NIPSCO and they demand payment in the form of a pre-paid gift card. If not the victim will receive some unpleasant outcome such as getting arrested of having their utilities shut off. The red flag in these situations is that no legitimate government agency or public utility would demand payment like this.

What we are happy to report is that none of our complainants today actually fell for these scams. Good job on staying vigilant and avoiding being taken advantage of!

*** Willowcreek Road is now clear and all lanes are open.***Please use caution in the area of Willowcreek Road north of ...
10/15/2020

*** Willowcreek Road is now clear and all lanes are open.***

Please use caution in the area of Willowcreek Road north of Central Avenue. Both inside lanes are closed due to a single vehicle crash. There were no injuries in this incident.

We need your assistance once again in attempting to identify a subject.  These photos are still shots from a video so we...
10/15/2020

We need your assistance once again in attempting to identify a subject. These photos are still shots from a video so we know they are not the best, however we are hoping that someone will recognize the clothing.

This subject was seen entering the restroom at Portage Bass Pro yesterday and then using a cell phone to record women in the restroom. If you have any information as to who this subject is please contact Major Reynolds at 219-762-3122.

Thank you.

Thank you Kendal Gossman and Margaret Escoe for the kind donation of the pumpkin rolls this morning.
10/14/2020

Thank you Kendal Gossman and Margaret Escoe for the kind donation of the pumpkin rolls this morning.

We received information today that a local resident received a telephone call from someone claiming to be Publishers Cle...
10/12/2020

We received information today that a local resident received a telephone call from someone claiming to be Publishers Clearing House stating they had won a cash prize in their contest. The caller gave the proper address for Publishers Clearing House as well as had the correct telephone number show up on the victim's caller ID. The caller knew our victim's name and address and advised their prize team would be coming to their house tomorrow to award them a check.

Later in the day the same person called back and instructed the victim to purchase pre-paid debit cards in order to pay for the taxes on their winnings. At this point the victim knew this was a scam attempt and stopped communicating with the caller.

We urge you to never purchase pre-paid gift cards to pay taxes on any supposed prize. Taxes on legitimate winnings will be taken when you file your normal tax returns and paid to the IRS and never to the person or organization awarding the prize.

10/12/2020

SEPTEMBER 2020 ARREST INFORMATION
Total Arrests 93
Male White 41
Female White 24
Male Black 24
Female Black 4

Current Residence Claimed at Time of Arrest
Portage 46 (49% Portage residents / 51% Non-Portage Residents)
Center Township 1
Chesterton 1
East Chicago 4
Gary 4
Hamlet 1
Hobart 5
Lake Station 3
Merrillville 7
Michigan City 1
Portage Township 1
Whiting 1
Chicago, IL 7
Cicero, IL 1
Justice, IL 1
Rock Island, IL 1
Waukegan, IL 1
Westchester, IL 1
Flint, MI 1
Muskegon, MI 1
Moorhead, MN 2
Henderson, TN 1
Milwaukee, WI 1

Tomorrow October 13th, Vivian Street will be closed between Central Avenue and Mulberry Avenue from 8:00am until 4:00pm ...
10/12/2020

Tomorrow October 13th, Vivian Street will be closed between Central Avenue and Mulberry Avenue from 8:00am until 4:00pm for an excavation project. Please use an alternate route.

Portage Indiana Government Page
10/09/2020

Portage Indiana Government Page

Do you love Halloween?
Are you creative?
Love to carve pumpkins?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you've got one week to enter the new Light Up the Gourds! Illuminated Pumpkin Trail hosted by the newly formed Portage Event Partnership.
Gather your co-workers, friends, buddies, amigos and get to carving. Let your imagination run wild and share your creativity with residents.
The drive-thru event will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23 and 24, along the Central Avenue entrance drive to the Bonner Senior Center. Admission will be free.
We are calling on business, individuals, groups, non-profits, schools and others to get imaginative and create Halloween scenes which will be placed along the trail. Entities can enter a scene, comprising 75 percent pumpkins or other seasonal gourds to be placed along the trail. The scenes must be lit.
Deadline to enter is Oct. 16.
An entry form, including rules and guidelines, is attached to this post. For additional details or call city hall, 219-762-5425 or email [email protected] for an entry form or more information.
The winners will receive Golden Pumpkin awards for the best scenes in each category.

10/05/2020

September 2020 Recap - Police Incidents

Total Incidents - 2,728
Average Incidents / Day - 91


Types of Calls for Service

911 Hang up Check - 90
Alarms - 107
Assist Other Jurisdiction - 20
Assist to Fire / EMS - 78
Assist Social Services - 5
Auto Theft - 4
Battery - 12
Burglary - 6
Child Abuse - 3
Civil Incident - 46
Fights/ Disturbance - 169
Fraud - 29
Indecent Exposure - 2
Intoxicated / Disorderly - 7
Mental / Commitment - 17
Missing Person / Runaway - 10
Motor Vehicle Crash - 102
Out of Parental Control - 11
Overdose / Narcotics - 26
Property Damage - 3
Reckless Driving - 47
Robbery - 2
Sex Assault - 9
Suicide - 2
Suspicious Incident - 275
Theft / Shoplifting - 60
Threats / Harassment - 37
Trespass - 3
Vandalism / Damage - 15
Weapons Violations - 3
Well-Being Check - 93

Officers Assaulted - 2

Today we fly the flag at half-staff in honor of National Firefighters Memorial Day.  We send our sympathies to the famil...
10/04/2020

Today we fly the flag at half-staff in honor of National Firefighters Memorial Day. We send our sympathies to the families and fellow fire department members of the 103 firefighters added to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation 2020 Roll of Honor. #firehero2020 #NFFFTribute

10/04/2020

***The scene is safe. There was no smoke or fire. There was a ruptured hot water pipe causing steam only***

Police and Fire Activity at SR 249 and Hwy 20

There was an activated fire alarm at the Best Western hotel with initial reports of visible smoke. Officers and firefighters are on scene conducting a room by room check but so far no fire has been found. The building has been evacuated and there are no reports of any injuries.

***UPDATE - The suspect in this case provided the name and DOB of his deceased brother to officers.  This deception was ...
10/02/2020

***UPDATE - The suspect in this case provided the name and DOB of his deceased brother to officers. This deception was discovered when his fingerprints were checked during the booking process at the Porter County Jail. Charges of False Informing A Misdemeanor and Identity Theft Level 6 Felony have been added. The suspects true identity is DAVID L. DAVIS 47 Years of Age from South Bend, IN.***

On September 29th the Portage Police Department posted screen shots of a burglary suspect and the associated vehicle to its page. These photos were taken from security camera footage during a recent burglary in the 7400 block of Industrial Avenue. This story and photos were picked up and subsequently released by several media outlets. At approximately 09:51am on Friday October 2nd, 2020 the Porter County 911 Center received a call from a complainant advising that they were following a vehicle westbound on US Highway 6 near McCool Road that appeared to be same one from the released photos.

Portage Police Department officers were dispatched to the area in an attempt to intercept the vehicle. As the suspect vehicle neared the area of US Highway 6 and Augusta Boulevard it began making a series of erratic turns pulling in and out of business lots possibly attempting to elude the complainant, which it successfully did.
Officers saturated the area and were able to locate the suspect vehicle as it was traveling northbound on Willowcreek Road at Mulberry Avenue. As a single officer in an unmarked police utility vehicle was directing backup units to his location the suspect vehicle began to flee without the officer even activating his emergency lights. Backup units were able to quickly close on the suspect vehicle allowing for fully marked units to take over the pursuit.

The suspect vehicle fled northbound over the Willowcreek Bypass and onto westbound I-80/94. Officers were able to see the license plate number from the paper temporary plate in the suspect’s rear window but it did not return to the vehicle being pursued. The suspect vehicle continued fleeing into Lake County where the chase was joined by the Lake County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Unit’s helicopter. As the pursuit crossed into Illinois officers backed off and allowed the helicopter to monitor in hopes the suspect would reduce his speed.

Moments later the suspect vehicle collided with a tow-truck resulting in no injuries and minor damage to the tow-truck. This collision also resulted in the suspect vehicle sustaining a flat rear tire. This flat tire caused the vehicle to slow and Portage Police units re-engaged in the pursuit and quickly executed a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT maneuver) bringing the chase to a conclusion.

The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody without further incident. He has been identified as David L. Davis 47 years old of South Bend, IN. The Portage Police Depart is filing charges of Fleeing Law Enforcement Level 6 Felony, Criminal Recklessness B Misdemeanor, and Reckless Driving C Misdemeanor. The suspect vehicle, a white 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander, was impounded and a warrant is being sought to conduct a search of the interior for evidence relating to the previous burglary.

We would like to thank the Porter County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police, Lake County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Unit, and Illinois State Police for their assistance in bringing this dangerous situation to a conclusion.

SUSPECT: David L. Davis 47 Years of Age
ADDRESS: South Bend, IN
CHARGES: Fleeing Law Enforcement Level 6 Felony, Criminal Recklessness B Misdemeanor, Reckless Driving C Misdemeanor.

We need your assistance identifying this subject that was attempting to get into vehicles last night in the area of Oak ...
10/01/2020

We need your assistance identifying this subject that was attempting to get into vehicles last night in the area of Oak Tree Village. If you recognize him please contact Detective Biggs at 219-764-5675. Thank you

We received reports of two different attempted scams this week.  In incident #1 a person went online to pay their City o...
10/01/2020

We received reports of two different attempted scams this week.

In incident #1 a person went online to pay their City of Portage utility bill. Our victim did not know the web site so they googled the name to find it but instead found themselves on a scam website stating he owed $8,000. The victim tried to make a smaller payment and provided payment information but the scammers attempted to withdraw the full amount from his account. Thankfully the transaction was flagged as suspicious by the bank and declined. The correct site to use when making a payment to the Utility Service Board is https://www.portagein.gov/department/index.php?structureid=12

In incident #2 a resident received a call from a local number stating their Medicare card needed to be replaced with a new one and the caller asked for the victim's Medicare account number. Our victim did not provide the information and hung up so no harm came from the incident. Had the conversation continued we are certain the caller would have asked for further personal information such as date of birth and social security number. Medicare will not call you asking for personal information. Further information on Medicare fraud can be found at https://www.medicare.gov/forms-help-resources/identity-theft-protect-yourself

The Portage Police Department SWAT Team will be holding a fund raising event on Saturday October 31st.  They will be sel...
10/01/2020

The Portage Police Department SWAT Team will be holding a fund raising event on Saturday October 31st. They will be selling Nelson's Port-A-Pit Chicken in the parking lot of Willowcreek Middle School from 10:30am until 2:30pm. We know it's going to be a busy evening so why not let us take care of lunch or dinner for you.

Tickets are $8 for a half chicken and $4 more for pit-tatoes. You can pre-purchase tickets to guarantee your order by stopping by the station (6260 Central Ave.) Mon-Fri 7a-5p. Proceeds will help pay for equipment and training needs for the team.

This is just one week away.  Hoping for a great turnout this year!
10/01/2020

This is just one week away. Hoping for a great turnout this year!

Please join us at Founders Square on Tuesday October 6th for the National Night Out. We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones in a fun and relaxing setting. Officers will have various displays of equipment and vehicles as well as demonstrations from our K-9 unit. The event will start at 4:00pm and run until 7:00pm. Please wear masks and maintain social distance when possible.

UPDATE:    We have identified these two subjects. Thank you for all of your help. We are trying to identify these two su...
09/29/2020

UPDATE: We have identified these two subjects. Thank you for all of your help.

We are trying to identify these two suspects in a theft from Walmart on September 27th. We understand the poor quality of the photos and are working on getting better quality pictures. The male in the photo is heavily tattooed and was using a motorized wheel chair during the theft. They fled the store and got into a silver Ford Explorer and left the area. Please contact Detective Czilli at 219-764-5708 if you think you may be able to help us identify them. Thank you

***Vehicle located and suspect apprehended***Good morning,   We are attempting to identify and locate this subject.  He ...
09/29/2020

***Vehicle located and suspect apprehended***
Good morning, We are attempting to identify and locate this subject. He is a suspect in a burglary from September 20th 2020, off of Industrial Ave. If you can identify him or assist us in any way please contact Detective Dave Czilli at 219-764-5708.

09/28/2020
It is with sadness but also hope that we share that Lieutenant Ross Haynes a twenty-nine year veteran of the Portage Pol...
09/25/2020
Help Ross Battle Multiple Myeloma, organized by Riley Haynes

It is with sadness but also hope that we share that Lieutenant Ross Haynes a twenty-nine year veteran of the Portage Police Department has been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a form of blood cancer. Please consider making a donation to help with rising medical and transportation costs as he fights to regain his health.

On August 9th, 2020, my father Ross Haynes a 33 year police officer, Army veteran, Son,… Riley Haynes needs your support for Help Ross Battle Multiple Myeloma

Thank you Ms. Christine Rogers for your kind note and generous donation of pizzas, buffalo wings, and bread sticks for t...
09/25/2020

Thank you Ms. Christine Rogers for your kind note and generous donation of pizzas, buffalo wings, and bread sticks for the officers. You kindness is appreciated!

We have another milestone to celebrate.  Lieutenant Phillip Garzella and Sergeant Dave Prickett both attained thirty yea...
09/24/2020

We have another milestone to celebrate. Lieutenant Phillip Garzella and Sergeant Dave Prickett both attained thirty years of service with the Portage Police Department yesterday. Lt. Garzella has previously served as a patrol division supervisor, worked on two drug enforcement task forces, was a member of the department’s SWAT team, and is currently assigned to the detective bureau. Sergeant Prickett is a supervisor in the patrol division, was also a member of the department’s SWAT team as well as a member of the K-9 unit with his partner Quinie. We thank you both for your years of faithful service to the City of Portage and its citizens.

Today we received a complaint from a resident advising of a phone scam involving Xfinity.  The victim received a call th...
09/22/2020

Today we received a complaint from a resident advising of a phone scam involving Xfinity. The victim received a call this morning from a person claiming to be an Xfinity representative saying that they know there was trouble in this zip code that they were going to fix it remotely.

The suspect advised they were going to download some software that would fix the problem and that they would take $50 per month off of the victim's bill for the next two years but the victim was asked to pay an upfront charge of $297.00. When the victim started questioning the payment the suspect hung up.

The victim provided the telephone numbers of 219-752-0343 and 747-877-3901 as being associated with this scam.

Xfinity was contacted and they advised they never call their customers and ask if they are having problems.

Update- Crossing Guards still needed.
09/21/2020

Update- Crossing Guards still needed.

09/18/2020
Identification of Attempted Robbery Suspect

***This suspect has been identified and is currently in custody. Further information will be released once charges have been formally filed with the Porter County Prosecutor's Office. We must thank our Facebook followers who are directly responsible for providing the information leading to this arrest.***

Suspect from Attempted Robbery September 13th early morning hours. If you can identify this suspect please contact Detective Burch at 219-762-3122 or 219-764-5796. Thank you.

Congratulations to Detective/Sergeant Lisa Duncan and Detective/Sergeant David Czilli as they both celebrated thirty yea...
09/17/2020

Congratulations to Detective/Sergeant Lisa Duncan and Detective/Sergeant David Czilli as they both celebrated thirty years with the Portage Police Department yesterday. Detective Duncan has served the department through the years holding positions as a patrol supervisor, the department’s first School Resource Officer, as well as being the department’s first female to hold an administrative position. Detective Czilli was also a patrol supervisor, a founding member of the department’s SWAT team, as well as currently being in charge of the department’s Accident Reconstruction Team. Thank you for your dedication and service!

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The Portage Police Department is comprised of 66 sworn officers, 14 reserve officers, and 7 civilians. Please feel free to look at the different divisions that comprise the Portage Police Department, including Administration, Patrol, Detective Bureau, Community Relations, Records, and Reserves. The Portage Police Department was founded in 1959 with Vernon Reibly being appointed as the first Chief of Police. The first police station was a small white building located on Central Ave. We moved to the current police station in June 1967 with an expansion to the existing building conducted in 1974.

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