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Police Seeking Identification of SubjectUPDATE - Subject has been identified. Valparaiso Police are investigating the th...
06/12/2020

Police Seeking Identification of Subject

UPDATE - Subject has been identified.

Valparaiso Police are investigating the theft of merchandise from the Valparaiso Meijer, located at 405 Porters Vale Blvd. The theft occurred on June 9, 2020 at approximately 11:30 a.m. The male subject in the photographs entered the store and selected multiple items, valued at nearly $400. He then exited the store without making any attempt to pay for the items.

If you have information regarding the subjects or vehicle in the posted photos, please contact the Detective Bureau of the Valparaiso Police Department at 219-462-2135. Information can also be texted to TIP411 (847-411) and enter “Valpo” in the message field prior to sending the message. Please use the word “Fan” in the first line of your tip to identify which case you are providing information on. Thank you for your assistance and partnership with our agency.

The Valparaiso Police Department has been accredited through CALEA since 2010.  We are currently scheduled to obtain our...
06/11/2020

The Valparaiso Police Department has been accredited through CALEA since 2010. We are currently scheduled to obtain our 4th accreditation award in July, after having completed our annual review and on-site assessment.

06/09/2020

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Police Seeking Identification of SubjectUPDATE- Subject has been identifiedValparaiso Police are investigating the attem...
06/08/2020

Police Seeking Identification of Subject

UPDATE- Subject has been identified

Valparaiso Police are investigating the attempted theft of merchandise from the Valparaiso Wal-Mart, located at 2400 Morthland Dr. The theft occurred on June 6, 2020 at approximately 3:00 p.m. The male subject in the photographs entered the store, selected over $400 worth of merchandise and exited the store without making any attempt to pay for the items. The male was approached by staff and fled the area, leaving the cart of merchandise behind. The identify of this male is being sought for the attempted theft of these items.

If you have information regarding the subjects or vehicle in the posted photos, please contact the Valparaiso Police Department at 219-462-2135. Information can also be texted to TIP411 (847-411) and enter “Valpo” in the message field prior to sending the message. Please use the word “400” in the first line of your tip to identify which case you are providing information on. Thank you for your assistance and partnership with our agency.

06/05/2020

Roadway Closure
Due to the assembly taking place June 6, 2020 in Valparaiso, a temporary road closure will take place. Beginning at 1:00 p.m., Washington Street will be closed from West Street to Lincolnway. This closure will conclude at approximately 2:30 p.m. Please seek an alternate route, if you must travel through this area during these times.

Police Seeking Identification of SubjectValparaiso Police are investigating the theft of merchandise and cash from the R...
06/03/2020

Police Seeking Identification of Subject

Valparaiso Police are investigating the theft of merchandise and cash from the Red-Carpet Smoke Shop, located at 360 Lincolnway. The theft occurred on June 1, 2020 at approximately 10:45 a.m. The male subject in the photographs entered the store and selected some miscellaneous items and removed cash from the business. He then exited the store and entered the white passenger vehicle in the photos.

If you have information regarding the subjects or vehicle in the posted photos, please contact the Valparaiso Police Department at 219-462-2135. Information can also be texted to TIP411 (847-411) and enter “Valpo” in the message field prior to sending the message. Please use the word “Red” in the first line of your tip to identify which case you are providing information on. Thank you for your assistance and partnership with our agency.

Police Seeking Identification of SubjectValparaiso Police are investigating the theft of laundry from Lady Bug Cleaners,...
06/03/2020

Police Seeking Identification of Subject

Valparaiso Police are investigating the theft of laundry from Lady Bug Cleaners, located at 1607 Calumet Ave. The theft occurred on May 22, 2020, during the early morning hours. The two female subjects in the photographs entered the business and took several hundred dollars’ worth of laundry from within. The females were seen placing the laundry into a silver four door passenger vehicle and leaving the area.

If you have information regarding the subjects or vehicle in the posted photos, please contact the Valparaiso Police Department at 219-462-2135. Information can also be texted to TIP411 (847-411) and enter “Valpo” in the message field prior to sending the message. Please use the word “Laundry” in the first line of your tip to identify which case you are providing information on. Thank you for your assistance and partnership with our agency.

06/02/2020

Valparaiso Police Department Opens to Public

Beginning today, June 2, 2020, the Valparaiso Police Department Records Division will once again be open to the public, with social distancing guidelines in place. Members of the public will be granted access when necessary, for services such as fingerprinting , while others will still be required to remain in the vestibule or outside of the building as services are performed. The front door of the department will remain secured as we make this transition; however, Records Division staff is available by the phone within the vestibule area. With this opening, all services completed by the clerks or with the assistance of an officer will be available. If you are seeking fingerprinting services, our staff and the customer will be required to utilize personal protection equipment while they are collected. It is further recommended that the use of personal protection equipment is used upon arrival at station for all services, and social distancing is monitored. To assist with distancing, we have placed markings on the exterior sidewalk for any line that may form. Business hours will continue to be Monday—Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Valparaiso Police Department would like to thank everyone for their cooperation and patience as we move to open and resume normal operations. Please be safe and we look forward to assisting you!

A Message From Chief Jeffrey Balon Recently, there have been requests for my comment regarding the use of force incident...
05/29/2020

A Message From Chief Jeffrey Balon

Recently, there have been requests for my comment regarding the use of force incident by police that has gained national attention. I want to assure all citizens in Valparaiso, that the Valparaiso Police Department administration will not tolerate excessive use of force by our police officers. Our officers receive de-escalation, and implicit-bias training. Each use of force incident must be documented and reviewed by police administration, and we have policies in place that forbid excessive use of force by our officers. To assist with transparency, our officers are equipped with body worn cameras, and they activate the device prior to a call for service.

The Valparaiso Police Department focuses on transparency, training, and hiring good people. It is also very important the Valparaiso Police Department administration sets the culture of the department, and insures officers have a clear and precise understanding of our expectations.

Diversity, inclusion and community engagement has always been important between police and all citizens, but now more than ever. It is important to us that no group or individual feel targeted or excluded. Our officers work diligently to assure all citizens are provided professional and responsive service.
We are very proud of every officer and have no doubt they do their best every day.

Sincerely,
Chief Jeffrey Balon

05/29/2020

Community Alert -VHS Commencement Concludes with Salute to Seniors

The Valparaiso Police Department will be assisting Valparaiso Community Schools with their class of 2020 graduation ceremonies this Sunday, May 31st. The ceremonies will include a ‘Graduate Parade” that will leave Valparaiso High School at 11 a.m. The route will take students south on Campbell St, east on Lincolnway, north on Morgan Blvd. to Calumet Ave., west on Glendale Blvd., north on Campbell St, and back into VHS. Ceremonies will further include a virtual commencement at 3 p.m., followed by the “Salute to Seniors” at approximately 5 p.m. The salute will include the use of fireworks, being shot from four points within the city, in a timed and sequential order. This will include 20 loud discharges as well as a grand finale that will be seen from the various locations.

We hope that the prior knowledge of this celebration can alleviate some of the stress that is often associated with loud, surprising noises. The “Salute to Seniors” is scheduled to last approximately two minutes.

The Valparaiso Police Departments congratulates the graduating class of 2020 on a job well done!

Valparaiso Police Department’s K9 Jax to Get Donation of Body ArmorValparaiso Police Department’s K9 Jax will receive a ...
05/28/2020

Valparaiso Police Department’s K9 Jax to Get Donation of Body Armor

Valparaiso Police Department’s K9 Jax will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Jax’s vest will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Sgt. Steve Kobitz #50 -EOW 5/25/20”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., established in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) charity whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is U.S. made, custom fitted, and NIJ certified. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 3,867 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations.

The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old, actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies. K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount, while a single donation of $960 will sponsor one vest. Each vest has a value of $1,744-$2,283, weighs an average of 4-5 lb., and comes with a five-year warranty. For more information, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts donations at www.vik9s.org, or you may mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718

05/27/2020

The following services have been arranged for Sgt. Steve Kobitz:

May 29, 2020 (Friday)
The viewing has been scheduled for 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. , within the Great Room of the Porter County Expo center. We ask that all those wishing to pay their respects, be mindful of social distancing recommendations, and utilize proper personal protection equipment while in attendance. Social gathering restrictions currently allow for 100 people to attend, and this capacity will be monitored to ensure the safety of all those paying their respects.

May 30, 2020 (Saturday)
The funeral services will begin at 11 a.m., within the Great Room of the Porter County Expo. Due to the limitations placed on social gatherings, currently at 100 attendees,, only those permitted by family and members of the Valparaiso Police Department will be allowed within the Great Room during the ceremony. Every attempt is being made to disseminate the audio of the services to the exterior of the buildings for those who would like to attend. Social distancing guidelines and the use of personal protection equipment will be required as part of the services.

A procession will follow the services, leaving the Expo Center north on S.R 49, then travel west on Vale Park Rd., south on Calumet Ave., west on Glendale Blvd., south on Campbell St., east on Lincolnway, and south on Washington St. The procession will pause briefly in front of the Valparaiso Police Department, then continue toward U.S HWY 30, and east onto Graceland Cemetery.

Thank you to everyone who has aided the Kobitz family and the Valparaiso Police Department during this difficult time. Your services, thoughts, prayers, and well-wishes have been greatly appreciated.

05/26/2020

Valparaiso Police Mourn the Loss of Officer

It is with great sadness; the Valparaiso Police Department announces the loss of Sergeant Steve Kobitz. Sergeant Kobitz end of watch came May 25, 2020, as a result of cardiac complications. Sgt. Kobitz was in an on-duty status when he was discovered in distress while in his police vehicle, which was parked in the lot of the Valparaiso Police Department. Sgt. Kobitz was immediately tended to by his fellow officers when he was discovered, and Valparaiso Fire soon responded and took over treatment. Sgt. Kobitz would later succumb to his condition while at Porter Regional Hospital. Sgt. Kobitz began his career in February 1992, honorably serving the City of Valparaiso for over 28 years. During his tenure, Sgt. Kobitz has served as a Field Training Officer, Accident Reconstructionist, and Canine Officer. Sgt. Kobitz further mentored many young officers, was well respected by his peers, and will truly be missed by everyone. Our condolences are extended to his family, friends, fellow officers, and the community he spent half of his life serving. Final preparations regarding services are still being completed and will be released at a later time.

Chief Jeffrey Balon would like to add the following:
“It is with a heavy heart to talk about the unexpected passing of Sergeant Steve Kobitz. I spent many years working alongside Steve during holidays, weekends and midnights, and I can truly say that Steve was much more than a co-worker; he was a friend and a brother. The memories that I have working with Steve, along with his hardy laugh and dry sense of humor, will never be forgotten. Steve will be sorely missed by every member of the Valparaiso Police Department, and my thoughts and prayers go out to Steve’s children and loved ones.” “I would like to thank our community, public officials, and especially our brothers and sisters in the public safety sector, for all their support and condolences during this difficult time.”

It is with great sadness; the Valparaiso Police Department announces the loss of Sergeant Steve Kobitz. Sergeant Kobitz ...
05/26/2020

It is with great sadness; the Valparaiso Police Department announces the loss of Sergeant Steve Kobitz. Sergeant Kobitz end of watch came May 25, 2020, as the result of what is believed to be unknown medical conditions, while serving our community. Sgt. Kobitz began his career in February 1992, honorably serving the City of Valparaiso for over 28 years. Our condolences are extended to his family, friends, and fellow officers. You will be missed.

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