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Valparaiso Parking Enforcement Adds New EmployeesThe Valparaiso Police department is proud to announce the hiring of two...
12/07/2023

Valparaiso Parking Enforcement Adds New Employees

The Valparaiso Police department is proud to announce the hiring of two new Parking Enforcement Team Members. Jessica Stacy and Madison Patrick have assumed the responsibilities as of November 16, 2023, and have begun their training.

Jessica is a 2014 graduate of Chesterton High School and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from St. Mary of the Woods College in 2020. While in school, Jessica majored in Criminology and completed an internship with the Terre Haute, IN Code Enforcement. Jessica will be working full-time in her new role with VPD.

Madison is a 2022 graduate of Hebron High School and is currently attending Ivy Tech Community College, where she is studying Criminal Justice. Madison has further completed the Crown Point Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy and attended Criminal Justice Vocational while in school. Madison will be working part-time in her new role with VPD.

Congratulations and welcome to the Valparaiso Police Department!

12/07/2023

Potential Gas Leak

Update - All roads are open and the area has returned to normal operations. Thank you!

The Valparaiso Police Department is aware of a potential gas leak near LaPorte Ave. and University Dr. Emergency services, including NIPSCO, are on scene and evaluating the incident. As a result, LaPorte Ave. is closed from McIntyre Ct. to Sturdy Rd. Please avoid the area if possible, using Lincolnway as an alternate route of travel. Thank you for your cooperation and please be safe.

12/01/2023

Road Closure and Lane Restrictions

The Valparaiso Police remain on scene of a rollover crash involving a semi-truck in the area of Eastporte Centre Dr. and State Road 2. Over the next few hours, Eastporte Centre Dr. will experience road closures and lane restrictions, as crews work to remove the vehicle from the roadway. The closures and restrictions will impact Eastporte Centre Dr., south to Bowman Dr. We are asking traffic to avoid the area if possible, using alternate routes along State Road 49 and US HWY 30. Thank you for your cooperation and please be safe.

Congratulations to our employee who is celebrating a work anniversary for the month of December.  Your dedication to our...
12/01/2023

Congratulations to our employee who is celebrating a work anniversary for the month of December. Your dedication to our community is greatly appreciated.

Det. Sgt. Chris Allison - 16 years

Join today, seats still available for this amazing opportunity!!
11/27/2023

Join today, seats still available for this amazing opportunity!!

Calling business owners, banking institutions, and retail or service providers!!!

The Valparaiso Police Department is proud to provide guidance and training regarding financial and cyber-crimes brought to you by the United States Secret Service. As shopping season has arrived and the holidays are quickly approaching, law enforcement often sees an increase in fraudulent financial activities, scams, counterfeit actions, and criminal exploitation. This course is designed to provide information to help prevent such attacks against customers and institutions who may be vulnerable. Please join us at the Valparaiso Police Department on December 4, 2023, from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (with plenty of discussion time to follow) as United States Secret Service agents present material that will inform and protect you against financial and cyber-crimes. Please RSVP to Captain E.J. Hall at [email protected] as seats are limited to 60 participants. There is no cost for this training and we look forward to seeing you at VPD!

Join the fun on December 9, 2023, from 4pm-6pm!With the help of the Valparaiso Fire Department, Valparaiso Police Depart...
11/25/2023

Join the fun on December 9, 2023, from 4pm-6pm!

With the help of the Valparaiso Fire Department, Valparaiso Police Department and the Porter County Sheriff's Department, Valpo Parks is excited to once again host the Santa and Sirens Toy Drive!

New, unwrapped toys and monetary donations will be accepted on behalf of Toys for Tots. The Dunes Leathernecks Marine Corps League will be present to accept donations drive-thru style while you enjoy the lights, wave to Santa, and sing along to your favorite Christmas songs.

This Thanksgiving, the Valparaiso Police Department extends heartfelt wishes of joy, safety, and gratitude.  We are than...
11/23/2023

This Thanksgiving, the Valparaiso Police Department extends heartfelt wishes of joy, safety, and gratitude. We are thankful for your continued partnership in keeping our community safe. Happy Thanksgiving!

Congratulations to our most recent academy graduates, who completed basic training today as part of the 50th Northwest I...
11/17/2023

Congratulations to our most recent academy graduates, who completed basic training today as part of the 50th Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy recruit class. They did an amazing job, and we are extremely proud of their accomplishments.

Patrolman Jeremy Walker earned the Gary L. Martin Mental Attitude Award, finished 3rd overall in physical fitness, and served as a squad leader.

Patrolman Brody Daughrity earned “Top Gun Award” for fi****ms proficiency, served as a squad leader, and was elected class president.

Patrolman Grant Arnold earned the Nick Shultz Physical Fitness Award, finished 2nd in overall academic achievement, and served as a squad leader.

Congratulations on a job well done! All three will return to duty beginning next week, as they complete their Field Training Program.

Calling business owners, banking institutions, and retail or service providers!!!The Valparaiso Police Department is pro...
11/17/2023

Calling business owners, banking institutions, and retail or service providers!!!

The Valparaiso Police Department is proud to provide guidance and training regarding financial and cyber-crimes brought to you by the United States Secret Service. As shopping season has arrived and the holidays are quickly approaching, law enforcement often sees an increase in fraudulent financial activities, scams, counterfeit actions, and criminal exploitation. This course is designed to provide information to help prevent such attacks against customers and institutions who may be vulnerable. Please join us at the Valparaiso Police Department on December 4, 2023, from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (with plenty of discussion time to follow) as United States Secret Service agents present material that will inform and protect you against financial and cyber-crimes. Please RSVP to Captain E.J. Hall at [email protected] as seats are limited to 60 participants. There is no cost for this training and we look forward to seeing you at VPD!

A huge thank you to a group of Valparaiso residents that provided a goodie bag for every member of the Valparaiso Police...
11/16/2023

A huge thank you to a group of Valparaiso residents that provided a goodie bag for every member of the Valparaiso Police Department today! Our sworn personnel, civilian staff, and four legged partners are always appreciative for the generosity and support of the Valparaiso community. Thank you!

Members of the Valparaiso Police Department were honored to participate in the Mission 22 November Push-Up Challenge thi...
11/16/2023

Members of the Valparaiso Police Department were honored to participate in the Mission 22 November Push-Up Challenge this week. Thank you to Jerry Storey for stopping by and leading the way, as he is working to help bring awareness to Veteran su***de prevention and PTSD.

What an amazing night!  Thank you to the Valparaiso community for your continued support of police and fire!
11/14/2023

What an amazing night! Thank you to the Valparaiso community for your continued support of police and fire!

Police Seeking Identification of SubjectUpdate - Subject has been identified, thank you. Valparaiso Police are investiga...
11/13/2023

Police Seeking Identification of Subject

Update - Subject has been identified, thank you.

Valparaiso Police are investigating the theft of a bicycle from an alley in the downtown area of the city. The theft occurred during the overnight hours of October 28 - 29, 2023. The male subject in the photographs was observed approaching the bicycle and then leaving the area with it shortly after.

If you have information regarding the subject in the posted photos, please contact Detective Eric Pickford 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 “bike” 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.

We honor those who have served and are currently serving in the United States military.  Thank you for your courage, har...
11/11/2023

We honor those who have served and are currently serving in the United States military. Thank you for your courage, hard work, and dedication.

Congratulations to the outstanding staff of the Valparaiso Police Department who are celebrating a work anniversary duri...
11/06/2023

Congratulations to the outstanding staff of the Valparaiso Police Department who are celebrating a work anniversary during the month of November. Thank you for your service and dedication to the City of Valparaiso!

Lt. Jon Watson - 8 years
Sgt. Todd Kobitz - 23 years
SRO Sgt. Pat Yokovich - 15 years
Sgt. Martin Perez - 8 years
SRO Ptrl. Rob Fisher - 25 years
Ptrl. James Bilder - 1 year

Valparaiso Police are responding to numerous crashes and slide-offs along State Road 49.  INDOT has been notified of the...
11/01/2023

Valparaiso Police are responding to numerous crashes and slide-offs along State Road 49. INDOT has been notified of the road conditions. Please use caution if you must travel through the area, as the roadways are extremely slick.

Please have a safe and wonderful Halloween. Have fun and try to stay warm.
10/31/2023

Please have a safe and wonderful Halloween. Have fun and try to stay warm.

10/29/2023

Valparaiso Police Investigating Stabbing (update)

At approximately 9:00 am, the Valparaiso Police responded to Planet Fitness, located at 1270 Strongbow Centre Dr., in reference to a male who had sustained a knife wound. The incident is believed to be isolated to the subjects involved and there is no ongoing threat to the public. The VPD investigation has identified Jordan Andrade, 24, of Porter Township as the suspect. Andrade has been taken into custody on charges of Attempted Murder and Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon. Andrade is incarcerated at the Porter County Jail on these charges.

All individuals associated with this incident are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The investigation remains active and additional information may be released when it is available.

If you have any information related to this incident, 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 “Planet” 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.

10/29/2023

Valparaiso Police Investigating Stabbing

The Valparaiso Police responded to Planet Fitness, located at 1270 Strongbow Centre Dr., in reference to a male on scene who had sustained a knife wound. The incident is believed to be isolated to the subjects involved and there is no ongoing threat to the public. The VPD is requesting that patrons avoid the area at this time, as the investigation is active and ongoing.

If you have any information related to this incident, 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 “Planet” 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.

Valparaiso Police Seeking AssistanceValparaiso Police are investigating a residential entry that occurred in the 200 blo...
10/23/2023

Valparaiso Police Seeking Assistance

Valparaiso Police are investigating a residential entry that occurred in the 200 block of Highland Dr. on October 12, 2023, at approximately 5:30 p.m. During this incident, photographs of the suspects were captured on exterior monitoring devices and police are encouraging anyone with additional footage of these persons or knowledge of their identity to contact VPD at your earliest convenience. The subjects fled the area after being confronted by an occupant of the home.

If you have information regarding the subjects or vehicle in the posted photos, please contact Detective Sergeant Chris Allison 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 “entry” 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.

Thank you to the Hilltop Neighborhood House for inviting us to see the wall dedication on Friday.  Our officers loved me...
10/23/2023

Thank you to the Hilltop Neighborhood House for inviting us to see the wall dedication on Friday. Our officers loved meeting the kids and hearing all about what was in the playground wall. What an amazing addition to our community, keep up the great work!

Donuts! Thank you to Aviva and Sara Maslovoff for their amazing treats today.  Each stopped by to just say "thank you" a...
10/19/2023

Donuts! Thank you to Aviva and Sara Maslovoff for their amazing treats today. Each stopped by to just say "thank you" and we greatly appreciate the kind gesture.

The weather could not keep us down, as we had an amazing time participating in “Downtown Trick or Treat” Friday afternoo...
10/16/2023

The weather could not keep us down, as we had an amazing time participating in “Downtown Trick or Treat” Friday afternoon. Thank you to our fantastic community for making another event a huge success. It was great to see all the wonderful costumes and smiling faces!

Thank you to the Mayor's Youth Council for letting us be a part of your class last night.  Public safety night is always...
10/12/2023

Thank you to the Mayor's Youth Council for letting us be a part of your class last night. Public safety night is always fun for us! Hope you enjoyed the activities and learning about a few of our specialty assignments.

Thank you to the Northwest Indiana Learning Community for visiting VPD today.  The group got a full station tour, partne...
10/04/2023

Thank you to the Northwest Indiana Learning Community for visiting VPD today. The group got a full station tour, partnered up with K9 Jax, and got to check out a police motorcycle and police car.

Congratulations to the members of VPD who are celebrating a work anniversary during the month of October.  Your dedicati...
10/02/2023

Congratulations to the members of VPD who are celebrating a work anniversary during the month of October. Your dedication and hard work are an asset to our community. Thank you for your service!

Sgt. Erik Palleson - 4 years
Detective Jason Hamilton - 22 years
Detective Eric Pickford - 22 years
Ptrl. Carol Pytynia - 4 years
Ptrl. Nathan Cashman - 1 year
Ptrl. Ethan Biggs - 1 year

Valparaiso Police Investigating CrashUpdate (3:20 p.m.) - Eastbound US HWY 30 will temporarily be closed as crews work t...
10/02/2023

Valparaiso Police Investigating Crash

Update (3:20 p.m.) - Eastbound US HWY 30 will temporarily be closed as crews work to remove the vehicle involved. The closure should only last 30-60 minutes. Please avoid the area if possible, as eastbound traffic is being diverted to Murvihill Road -thank you.

Valparaiso Police remain on scene of a semi-truck that has rolled over in the area of US HWY 30 and Industrial Drive. The crash is causing delays in traffic on eastbound US HWY 30 and has closed Industrial Drive. The closure will be extensive and traffic should avoid the area. Eastbound US HWY 30 is expected to remain open; however, traffic is slowed and backing up in the area. A detour into Industrial Drive is available off CR 325 East (see attached image). Please be cautious if you must travel past the intersection and thank you for your cooperation.

09/22/2023

Valparaiso Police Investigating a Motor Vehicle Crash

Update - All lanes are open

Valparaiso Police are on scene of a motor vehicle crash in the area of State Road 49 and LaPorte Ave. Due to the crash, all lanes of northbound State Road 49 will be closed south of the LaPorte Ave. interchange. Please use the interchange of US HWY 30 and State Road 49 as an alternate route. Thank you for your cooperation and travel safely.

Valparaiso Police Swears-in Five New OfficersThe Valparaiso Police Department has added five (5) additional police offic...
09/19/2023

Valparaiso Police Swears-in Five New Officers

The Valparaiso Police Department has added five (5) additional police officers with the swearing-in of Brad Carlson, Austin Janik, Josh Dixon, Josh Hart, and Tony Lopez yesterday. Mayor Matt Murphy performed the ceremony within the Council Chambers of City Hall, with numerous officers, civilian staff, family, and friends present to witness the event. During the ceremony, Chief Andrew McIntyre welcomed Carlson, Janik, Dixon, Hart, and Lopez to the Valparaiso Police Department family.

Carlson is a 2014 graduate of Chesterton High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from Vincennes University in 2019. Carlson arrives in Valparaiso with prior police experience, having served Bluffton, Indiana since 2019.

Janik is a 2020 graduate of Valparaiso High School and is currently working toward his bachelor’s degree at Ball State University. Janik has prior law enforcement experience, having served the Henry County Sheriff's Department as a correctional officer prior to his appointment.

Dixon is a 2019 graduate of LaPorte High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University Northwest in 2023. Dixon has also completed an internship with the University of Notre Dame Police Department.

Hart is a 2009 graduate of Restoration Christian High School in Sellersburg, Indiana. Hart has further served in the ministry for 10 years and worked in business operations, prior to his appointment.

Lopez is a 2013 graduate of Lowell Senior High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s College in 2017. Additionally, Lopez coached girls’ high school basketball at Washington Township High School, prior to his appointment.

Congratulations!

It was an honor to be a part of the visit to City Hall by the 3rd grade class from Union Township.  Hope they enjoyed th...
09/19/2023

It was an honor to be a part of the visit to City Hall by the 3rd grade class from Union Township. Hope they enjoyed the demonstrations of our Bike Unit and Drone Team as much as we did.

09/14/2023

Valparaiso Police Investigating Crash

The Valparaiso Police Department is currently on scene of a motor vehicle crash in the area of State Road 49 and US HWY 30. As a result, the southbound ramp from State Road 49 onto eastbound US HWY 30 will be closed for an extended amount of time. Please use the interchange of State Road 2 and LaPorte Ave. as an alternate route. Thank you and please be safe.

Happy National Police Woman's Day! Thank you to the amazing Patrol Women of VPD.  Your hard work and dedication are grea...
09/13/2023

Happy National Police Woman's Day!

Thank you to the amazing Patrol Women of VPD. Your hard work and dedication are greatly appreciated by our community.

Round 2 of VPD at Popcorn Fest!  What a great time had with our community.  Thank you for all the kind words and support...
09/12/2023

Round 2 of VPD at Popcorn Fest! What a great time had with our community. Thank you for all the kind words and support!

What an amazing weekend, filled with runs, parades, concerts, and popcorn!  Hope everyone had as much fun as we did at P...
09/11/2023

What an amazing weekend, filled with runs, parades, concerts, and popcorn! Hope everyone had as much fun as we did at Popcorn Fest 2023! Follow us this week for pictures that captured VPD at the fest!

In remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice 22 years ago, Lt. Cassidy Schafer, Det. Sgt. Chris Allison, SRO ...
09/11/2023

In remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice 22 years ago, Lt. Cassidy Schafer, Det. Sgt. Chris Allison, SRO Rob Fisher, Det. Josh Biggs, Ptrl. Alex Smith, and Ptrl. Matt Cain completed the "9/11 Stair Challenge" along side members of the Valparaiso Fire Department. This challenge pays tribute to the enormous task faced by first responders on September 11, 2001.

"May they never be forgotten"

Parking Enforcement Opportunity Available!  Apply today and join VPD!
09/11/2023

Parking Enforcement Opportunity Available! Apply today and join VPD!

Tomorrow is the big day!  VPD is looking forward to a safe and enjoyable 2023 Popcorn Festival.  Have a great time Valpo...
09/08/2023

Tomorrow is the big day! VPD is looking forward to a safe and enjoyable 2023 Popcorn Festival. Have a great time Valpo!

09/06/2023

Valparaiso Police Investigating Crash

The Valparaiso Police Department responded to a single motor vehicle crash in the area of State Road 49 and US. Highway 30 at approximately 1:30 a.m. The crash resulted in the fatality of a passenger within the vehicle. The motor vehicle crash remains under investigation; however, alcohol and/or drugs are not believed to be a contributing factor at this time. All ramps along the US Highway 30 and State Road 49 interchange that had been previously closed have been reopened as of 7:00 a.m.

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