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

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Clerical Hours: M-F 7am-5pm

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Officer Christopher Leer has successfully completed his field training program and has been released for solo patrol.  C...
04/30/2021

Officer Christopher Leer has successfully completed his field training program and has been released for solo patrol. Congratulations Officer Leer. Keep up the good work and stay safe out there!

Officer Christopher Leer has successfully completed his field training program and has been released for solo patrol. Congratulations Officer Leer. Keep up the good work and stay safe out there!

Tomorrow, Saturday May 1st from 7:00am until 2:30pm, Central Avenue will be closed between Monnier Street and Walnut Str...
04/30/2021

Tomorrow, Saturday May 1st from 7:00am until 2:30pm, Central Avenue will be closed between Monnier Street and Walnut Street. Please follow detour signs.

Tomorrow, Saturday May 1st from 7:00am until 2:30pm, Central Avenue will be closed between Monnier Street and Walnut Street. Please follow detour signs.

04/25/2021

LANE CLOSURES - I-94 in Porter County

There will be alternating lane closures on I-94 EB and WB near State Road 249 from approximately 8pm on Monday, April 26 to 6am on Tuesday, April 27. The ramps from SR 249 SB to I-94 EB & SR 249 NB to I-94 WB will also be closed. These lane closures are for Hydrodemolition operations on the SR 249 bridge deck.

04/25/2021

The southern most eastbound lane of U.S. 6 will be closed beginning at 7 a.m., Monday, April 26.
Indiana American Water Company will be completing a fire and domestic service tap for the new Firestone building located at 5947 US 6.
The lane will be closed down for the day.
Traffic maintenance will be on site to help with safety.

Congratulations to these fine young men.  This morning Officers Acevedo, Feliciano, and Bohling graduated from the North...
04/23/2021

Congratulations to these fine young men. This morning Officers Acevedo, Feliciano, and Bohling graduated from the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. This weekend they will be paired with a Field Training Officer and for next several months they will learn how to apply the knowledge and skills they gained at NILEA while serving the people of Portage. Best wishes to each of them for a long and safe career.

Congratulations to these fine young men. This morning Officers Acevedo, Feliciano, and Bohling graduated from the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. This weekend they will be paired with a Field Training Officer and for next several months they will learn how to apply the knowledge and skills they gained at NILEA while serving the people of Portage. Best wishes to each of them for a long and safe career.

04/22/2021

Meijer Pharmacy in Portage is hosting a Pfizer Vaccine clinic today from 9am-5pm. There are 600 shots available for walk in patients.

We want to share some information for those of you who may be experiencing financial difficulties with mortgage, rent, o...
04/21/2021

We want to share some information for those of you who may be experiencing financial difficulties with mortgage, rent, or utility payments. The United Way of Porter County may be able to help. For further information please visit their web page. https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=http%3a%2f%2fwww.unitedwaynwi.org&c=E,1,R0-SCFpKVuOWhuuiETvUuxwdhz_v2jV_xjVTs6SJAaT2VPfje9kgYbfDkW45d98vD95U7FdNL9M705UVbl8voU8JxlLW_edZS2EES9VTpledKd6-RuuzgkGTVgkc&typo=1

We want to share some information for those of you who may be experiencing financial difficulties with mortgage, rent, or utility payments. The United Way of Porter County may be able to help. For further information please visit their web page. https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=http%3a%2f%2fwww.unitedwaynwi.org&c=E,1,R0-SCFpKVuOWhuuiETvUuxwdhz_v2jV_xjVTs6SJAaT2VPfje9kgYbfDkW45d98vD95U7FdNL9M705UVbl8voU8JxlLW_edZS2EES9VTpledKd6-RuuzgkGTVgkc&typo=1

04/20/2021

Distraction Scam Alert

A resident of Portage was recently the victim of a distraction crime.
In this case a newer white pickup truck with tool boxes attached to both sides of the bed of the truck was involved in the theft.

The vehicle was occupied by three male subjects. These males approached the victims house and said they were maintenance technicians there for a service call. The resident let them into his home where two subjects then distracted him and the third male went through his belongings and valuables ultimately stealing items.

Please be aware of anyone coming into your home and ask for identification from them prior to them entering your home.
If they refuse to identify themselves do not let them into your home and contact the service company or call us at 219-762-3122.

Last week we were presented with a donation of child care bags from the Exchange Club of Portage, Indiana.  These bags c...
04/19/2021

Last week we were presented with a donation of child care bags from the Exchange Club of Portage, Indiana. These bags contain various comfort items to be handed out to children involved in stressful situations requiring a police response such as domestic disturbances, vehicle collisions, or crimes committed against children. The Exchange Club has made this donation for the past several years but this year they enhanced it by providing care items for infants such as diapers, wipes, blankets, and bottles. We identified a need that officers were facing when they sometimes had to take custody of a infant due to an arrest, neglect, or medical emergency of a parent. These infant care items can be used by the officers or shared with family members that the infants are released to who may not have them immediately on hand. Many thanks to the members of the Portage Exchange Club to help children in need!

04/16/2021

LANE CLOSURES - State Road 249 over I-94 in Porter County

The State Road 249 bridge over I-80/94 will be reduced to one lane in each direction starting Monday, April 19 through mid-July, 2021 for a bridge deck overlay and preventative maintenance.

During phase one, the inside left passing lanes northbound and southbound will be closed, and the outside right driving lanes will be closed during phase two. A bridge deck overlay is a protective treatment done to extend the life of a bridge deck. Learn more about this treatment on our page here: https://www.facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest/posts/2128327817300604

The Portage Police Department loves our Dispatchers and we are celebrating them this week - National Public Safety Telec...
04/15/2021

The Portage Police Department loves our Dispatchers and we are celebrating them this week - National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.

From the Portage Police Department and the Portage Community, thank you for all you do! Whether it's being the comforting voice on the phone to those in crisis, or being the calm voice on the radio giving us the info we need, we appreciate you and the role you play in public safety!

The Portage Police Department loves our Dispatchers and we are celebrating them this week - National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.

From the Portage Police Department and the Portage Community, thank you for all you do! Whether it's being the comforting voice on the phone to those in crisis, or being the calm voice on the radio giving us the info we need, we appreciate you and the role you play in public safety!

We are asking for assistance in identifying this subject that was involved in a theft from Meijer that occurred on Sunda...
04/08/2021

We are asking for assistance in identifying this subject that was involved in a theft from Meijer that occurred on Sunday April 4th 2021 around 9:00am. The subject appears to have long hair pulled back into a pony tail or a bun. If you think you may know this person please contact Detective Dave Czilli at 764-5708. Thank you.

We are asking for the public's assistance in identifying this person of interest in a theft investigation. The incident ...
03/26/2021

We are asking for the public's assistance in identifying this person of interest in a theft investigation. The incident occurred on Thursday March 18th, 2021 at approximately 11:34am at the Ace Hardware store on Central Avenue. Please contact Detective Duncan at 219-764-5706 if you have any information.

We are asking for the public's assistance in identifying this person of interest in a theft investigation. The incident occurred on Thursday March 18th, 2021 at approximately 11:34am at the Ace Hardware store on Central Avenue. Please contact Detective Duncan at 219-764-5706 if you have any information.

03/26/2021

POLICE ACTIVITY AREA OF CENTRAL AVENUE AT MONNIER STREET

This afternoon at approximately 3:30pm patrol officers responded to the 2600 block of Monnier Street to conduct a welfare check on an adult male. Family members of the subject contacted police to report the subject was experiencing a psychiatric episode and that he was making homicidal and suicidal threats via text message. It was also suspected the subject may have recently acquired a firearm.

The subject refused to exit his home or communicate with the initial officers on scene. Through their investigation it was determined there was probable cause to believe the subject was a danger to himself and others and he would be taken into custody for the purposes of a psychiatric evaluation. The Portage Police Department SWAT and negotiation teams were activated. Once a line of communication was established negotiations were successful and the subject voluntarily exited his home. Several weapons were removed from the home although no fi****ms were located. All police units were clear of the area by 7:30pm and all roads were open. Criminal charges are not expected to be filed at this time.

Portage Police are investigating the theft of a 2020 Jayco White Hawk travel trailer that occurred on March 14, 2021 at ...
03/25/2021

Portage Police are investigating the theft of a 2020 Jayco White Hawk travel trailer that occurred on March 14, 2021 at approximately 7 p.m. from the 1800 block of Willowcreek Rd. The suspect vehicle is believed to be a 2002-2006 Ford Expedition. Stock images of travel trailer and vehicle are similar to those involved and are included for reference.

If you have any information please contact Detective Chris Burch at 219-764-5796.

We definitely need to give a big thank you to Dan Bizik who graciously provided all the officers who worked yesterday a ...
03/19/2021

We definitely need to give a big thank you to Dan Bizik who graciously provided all the officers who worked yesterday a Subway box lunch. Thanks Dan!

We definitely need to give a big thank you to Dan Bizik who graciously provided all the officers who worked yesterday a Subway box lunch. Thanks Dan!

This week we were very pleased to have Mayor Sue Lynch swear in our two newest full-time police officers as well as our ...
03/12/2021

This week we were very pleased to have Mayor Sue Lynch swear in our two newest full-time police officers as well as our newest reserve officer.
Officer Thomas Krause is a Portage High School graduate as well as a graduate of Ivy Tech’s criminal justice program. Officer Krause comes to us with experience as an Indiana Department of Corrections Emergency Response Operations team member.
Officer Christopher Leer is a Valparaiso High School graduate with nine years of experience as a reserve officer with the Ogden Dunes Police Department, three years as a Porter County jail officer, and six years of experience as a fraud investigator in the private sector.
Both Officers Krause and Leer will begin their field training immediately and will attend the August 2021 session of the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.
Reserve Officer Elijah Dixon is a Hobart High School graduate who holds a degree in criminal justice through Ivy Tech. Officer Dixon also has twelve years of experience as a security officer with a local hospital network.
We congratulate them and wish them success in their upcoming training programs.

***LENBURG ROAD IS NOW OPEN***ROAD CLOSEDPlease avoid Lenburg Road.  There is a tree down on power lines that has starte...
03/10/2021

***LENBURG ROAD IS NOW OPEN***

ROAD CLOSED

Please avoid Lenburg Road. There is a tree down on power lines that has started a small fire. NIPSCO has been requested to the scene to de-energize the lines.

***LENBURG ROAD IS NOW OPEN***

ROAD CLOSED

Please avoid Lenburg Road. There is a tree down on power lines that has started a small fire. NIPSCO has been requested to the scene to de-energize the lines.

We need your assistance once again. If you can identify these 2 females involved in a theft at one of our local retailer...
03/09/2021

We need your assistance once again. If you can identify these 2 females involved in a theft at one of our local retailers please contact Detective Dandurand with any information. 219-764-5705 or 219-762-3122.
Thank you.

This #internationalwomensday2021, we celebrate the women of the Portage Police Department who bravely serve and make a ...
03/08/2021

This #internationalwomensday2021, we celebrate the women of the Portage Police Department who bravely serve and make a difference in our community.
Sergeant L. Duncan
Lieutenant J. Crafton
Master Patrol Officer F. McHenry
Master Patrol Officer N. Heuberger
Corporal L. Lightfoot
Master Patrol Officer K. Crook
Master Patrol Officer C. Overton

Officer Jovany Hernandez has successfully completed his field training program and has been released for solo patrol.  C...
03/08/2021

Officer Jovany Hernandez has successfully completed his field training program and has been released for solo patrol. Congratulations Officer Hernandez. Keep up the good work and stay safe out there!

Officer Jovany Hernandez has successfully completed his field training program and has been released for solo patrol. Congratulations Officer Hernandez. Keep up the good work and stay safe out there!

Three years ago today the Portage Police Department lost its first active duty officer. Although battling cancer, Detect...
03/06/2021

Three years ago today the Portage Police Department lost its first active duty officer. Although battling cancer, Detective Jeffrey Podgorski #87, continued to come to work and excel at his assignment until complications caused his unexpected and untimely death at the age of fifty-three. On the anniversary of this loss the Portage Police Department offers our continued condolences to his family and friends.

Three years ago today the Portage Police Department lost its first active duty officer. Although battling cancer, Detective Jeffrey Podgorski #87, continued to come to work and excel at his assignment until complications caused his unexpected and untimely death at the age of fifty-three. On the anniversary of this loss the Portage Police Department offers our continued condolences to his family and friends.

03/05/2021

***UPDATE***
The suspect was taken into custody at approximately 4:00pm in the 3500 block of Ash Street without incident. This apprehension was the direct result of the diligence of the residents in this area in assisting our police department by being our extra set of eyes. Our 911 caller was able to communicate with the dispatch center to guide responding units to the exact location the suspect was hiding.

There was some minor misinformation shared on another page I would like to address. To clarify there was no armed robbery committed in Portage by this suspect. This suspect was being sought in connection to an on-going robbery investigation from another jurisdiction as well as having multiple arrest warrants out of Indianapolis.

Once again we thank the community for their assistance in helping us bring this to a safe conclusion.
***END OF UPDATE***

Portage officers in this area are assisting an outside police agency in searching for a suspect. The subject is a black male in his early 20's, standing 6 feet tall with a thin build and short blond hair. This subject was last seen wearing black pants and a dark colored shirt as he was running southbound from officers in the Portage Car Wash parking lot.

This subject is wanted for armed robbery and should be considered armed and dangerous. Do not approach this person if seen and call 911.

As a precaution Portage High School was placed into a lock-out, delaying dismissal until extra police units could be assigned there for security.

A police presence will be continued in the neighborhoods around Highway 6 and Ash Street to include K-9 units and aerial drones.

Last night at the City Council meeting we had the honor of having Mayor Sue Lynch swear in our two newest hires. Please ...
03/03/2021

Last night at the City Council meeting we had the honor of having Mayor Sue Lynch swear in our two newest hires. Please welcome Officers Michael Feliciano and Tyler Bohling.

Officer Feliciano is originally from East Chicago, holds a degree in criminal justice, and has work experience at the Lake County Jail. Officer Bohling is a Portage High School graduate who comes to us after serving eight years in the United States Marines Corps. Both officers are currently attending the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and will graduate in late April.

Please join us in congratulating Officer John Wright on his promotion to the rank of Sergeant.  Sergeant Wright has been...
03/02/2021

Please join us in congratulating Officer John Wright on his promotion to the rank of Sergeant. Sergeant Wright has been with the Portage Police Department for fifteen years after coming to us with two years of experience from the St. Petersburgh (FL) Police Department. Sergeant Wright has previously served as a School Resource Officer and is currently assigned to the Patrol Division. Sergeant Wright has been an asset by providing training to his fellow officers as a certified defensive tactics instructor and a field training officer. We are certain Sergeant Wright will find success in his new position and continue to lead by example.

Please join us in congratulating Officer John Wright on his promotion to the rank of Sergeant. Sergeant Wright has been with the Portage Police Department for fifteen years after coming to us with two years of experience from the St. Petersburgh (FL) Police Department. Sergeant Wright has previously served as a School Resource Officer and is currently assigned to the Patrol Division. Sergeant Wright has been an asset by providing training to his fellow officers as a certified defensive tactics instructor and a field training officer. We are certain Sergeant Wright will find success in his new position and continue to lead by example.

03/01/2021

High Water Warning ... Road Barricades are in place.
Due to earlier rains and warm temperatures with melting snow.
Avoid Willowcreek Road South of US6 and North of W 700 N.
Do not travel through high standing water with vehicle.

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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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