Valparaiso Police Department

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06/02/2021

The Valparaiso Police Department is investigating an act of Vandalism that occurred on May 31, 2021 at approximately 10:30 p.m. at Valplayso. The individuals in the photographs are observed setting a fire in garbage can that has caused damage to the can and nearby pavilion. If you have any information regarding the suspects in this case, please contact the Valparaiso Police Department at 219-462-2135. Thank you for any assistance and your continued community support.

Update - The suspects have been identified - Thank You

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05/31/2021

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The Valparaiso Police Department would like to congratulate the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #76, 2020 annual award w...
05/28/2021

The Valparaiso Police Department would like to congratulate the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #76, 2020 annual award winners.

Officer of the Year
Ptrl. Logan Redmon

Supervisor of the Year
Chief Jeff Balon

Investigator of the Year
Det. Sgt. Andrew McIntyre

Thank you for your service and dedication to the City of Valparaiso.

Congratulations!!

Police Seeking Identification of SubjectUpdate - Subjects have been identified - Thank You Valparaiso Police are investi...
05/21/2021

Police Seeking Identification of Subject

Update - Subjects have been identified - Thank You

Valparaiso Police are investigating the theft of merchandise from the Valparaiso Wal-Mart, located at 2400 Morthland Dr. The thefts occurred during multiple visits to the Valparaiso Wal-Mart over the last several weeks. The female subject in the photographs entered the store and selected several hundred dollars’ worth of merchandise over the course of her visits, then proceeded through a self-checkout lane where multiple items were not scanned. The male subject has only been observed with the female during the last transaction. In each instance, the parties present exited the store with the merchandise that had not been purchased.

If you have information regarding the subjects in the posted photos, please contact Detective Sergeant Melanie Sheets 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 “Multiple” 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.

Time is running out, save your spot in the 2021 JPA today!
05/20/2021

Time is running out, save your spot in the 2021 JPA today!

Time is running out, save your spot in the 2021 JPA today!

Mayor Murphy, Fire Chief Chad Dutz and Police Chief Jeff Balon joined Governor Holcomb and safety professionals in dedic...
05/18/2021

Mayor Murphy, Fire Chief Chad Dutz and Police Chief Jeff Balon joined Governor Holcomb and safety professionals in dedicating the tactical building at the MAAC Foundation today. Valparaiso is fortunate to have this extraordinary safety training facility in our community! Valparaiso Police Department, Valparaiso Fire

Mayor Murphy, Fire Chief Chad Dutz and Police Chief Jeff Balon joined Governor Holcomb and safety professionals in dedicating the tactical building at the MAAC Foundation today. Valparaiso is fortunate to have this extraordinary safety training facility in our community! Valparaiso Police Department, Valparaiso Fire

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05/15/2021

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05/05/2021

Vehicle Strikes Building

On May 4, 2021, Valparaiso Police responded to the area of 2810 Calumet Ave. (Blythe’s Sport Shop) at approximately 7:45 p.m., due to a vehicle striking the exterior of the building. Upon arrival, the vehicle was found to have entered the structure, causing a vehicle size hole in the west side of the brick façade.

The driver reported that as she entered traffic onto Calumet Ave. from Roosevelt Rd., her accelerator became “stuck.” It was further learned the driver was able to slow the vehicle as she entered the nearby lot, which provided her the opportunity to jump from the vehicle as she crossed over a grass easement. The vehicle was again observed to accelerate, while unoccupied, striking the building.

There are no reported injuries involved in the crash and no charges against the driver. The damage is estimated to be between $50,000 - $100,000.

Our Records Department will be closed on May 4-6 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.  We apologize for the inconvenience, as our staff ...
05/03/2021

Our Records Department will be closed on May 4-6 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. We apologize for the inconvenience, as our staff will be in training that will better our community. We will still be here each day from 2 p.m.- 4p.m. to support your needs. Thanks and please be safe.

Our Records Department will be closed on May 4-6 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. We apologize for the inconvenience, as our staff will be in training that will better our community. We will still be here each day from 2 p.m.- 4p.m. to support your needs. Thanks and please be safe.

04/27/2021

Active Police Investigation

The Valparaiso Police remain on scene at 2400 Morthland Dr. (Wal-Mart) regarding an on-going investigation. Police responded to the parking lot of Wal-Mart at approximately 7:35 p.m. to perform a well-fare check on a male subject reported to be threatening harm to himself. Upon arrival, officers discovered the male within a vehicle, having sustained a gunshot wound. The preliminary investigation indicates the gunshot wound was self-inflicted. There is no known threat to the community at this time, and the police investigation remains open and active.

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04/24/2021

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Police Seeking Identification of SubjectValparaiso Police are investigating the theft of merchandise from the Valparaiso...
04/22/2021

Police Seeking Identification of Subject

Valparaiso Police are investigating the theft of merchandise from the Valparaiso Wal-Mart, located at 2400 Morthland Dr. The theft occurred on April 13, 2021. The female subject in the photographs entered the store and selected several hundred dollars’ worth of merchandise and proceeded through a self-check register. The female failed to scan for purchase over $100 in goods and exited the store without making full payment.

If you have information regarding the subjects or vehicle in the posted photos, please contact Detective Jason Hamilton 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 “Scan” 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.

04/20/2021

Active Police Investigation

The Valparaiso Police remain on scene in the 950 block of Golfview Blvd. as an active investigation is coming to a close. Police responded to the area at 6:30 p.m. today regarding the report of a suicidal male subject with means to harm himself. The potential act was confirmed by police via text messages, who were further able to maintain communication with the subject. The male soon exited the residence at the direction of police and is now safely in custody. There is no active threat to the community; however, the investigation remains on-going.

04/19/2021

Community Fraud Alert

The Valparaiso Police Department has recently experienced our name, or the names of our officers, being used in local fraud attempts. Please be reminded that the Valparaiso Police Department, or our members, will NEVER contact you to accept or demand payment regarding a criminal or civil incident. Our police officers are not allowed to accept funds for services, or any type of payment, to address such things as warrants, fines, or monies owed on the behalf of anyone. The recent attempts have been reported to police and have been discovered to be generated from an owner applied number or a spoof of a particular number. If there are ever any questions about communication with or from our agency, officers, or civilian staff, please contact us at 219-462-2135 before taking any action. Thank you to those who have reported the contacts, and for the continued community support.

DEA National Prescription Drug Takeback DayThe Valparaiso Police Department will again be participating in the National ...
04/14/2021

DEA National Prescription Drug Takeback Day

The Valparaiso Police Department will again be participating in the National Prescription Drug Takeback on April 24, 2021. The scheduled event will take place at the Valparaiso Police Department from 10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m. and will include participation from the Porter County Substance Abuse Council, who will be on hand to provide valuable information on the dangers of opioids. This program takes place everyday of the year, as we have a collection container accessible in our department lobby at all times. This specific day recognizes the need to keep them safe, clean them out, and take them back. Don’t be the dealer, drop off your expired or unneeded prescriptions at our station on April 24th or any day.

DEA National Prescription Drug Takeback Day

The Valparaiso Police Department will again be participating in the National Prescription Drug Takeback on April 24, 2021. The scheduled event will take place at the Valparaiso Police Department from 10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m. and will include participation from the Porter County Substance Abuse Council, who will be on hand to provide valuable information on the dangers of opioids. This program takes place everyday of the year, as we have a collection container accessible in our department lobby at all times. This specific day recognizes the need to keep them safe, clean them out, and take them back. Don’t be the dealer, drop off your expired or unneeded prescriptions at our station on April 24th or any day.

Police Seeking Identification of SubjectValparaiso Police are investigating the theft of merchandise from the Valparaiso...
04/14/2021

Police Seeking Identification of Subject

Valparaiso Police are investigating the theft of merchandise from the Valparaiso Wal-Mart, located at 2400 Morthland Dr. The theft occurred on April 13, 2021 at approximately 8:30 p.m. The male subject in the photographs entered the store and selected a hundred dollars’ worth of merchandise and 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 Detective Sergeant Andrew McIntyre 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 number “100” 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.

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04/13/2021

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Applications Being Accepted for State of Indiana Certified Police Officers Only The Valparaiso Police Department is acce...
03/29/2021

Applications Being Accepted for State of Indiana Certified Police Officers Only

The Valparaiso Police Department is accepting applications for the position of Probationary Police Officer. Applications are available at the Valparaiso Police Department, 355 Washington St., or at the department website, www.valparaisopolice.org. The applications may be completed on-line, mailed back to the department or returned in person. The minimum requirements to be considered for this opportunity are that the applicant meet the following: be 21 years of age or older, hold a high school diploma or GED, be a United States Citizen, possess a valid driver’s license and have no prior felony convictions. The opportunity is for state certified officers from Indiana only and requires the past successful completion of an approved State of Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.

For more information about employment as a Valparaiso Police Officer, including a job description, log onto the Recruitment section of our website. A lateral transfer program (salary) is also available to qualified applicants; however, testing is mandatory for employment consideration. Testing will include a modified general fitness assessment, that includes a vertical jump, push ups, sit ups, and a 1 1/2 mile run. Additional information regarding the assessment will be communicated to applicants at a later time, after your application has been processed.

All applications must be received by April 12, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. to be considered.

Applications Being Accepted for State of Indiana Certified Police Officers Only

The Valparaiso Police Department is accepting applications for the position of Probationary Police Officer. Applications are available at the Valparaiso Police Department, 355 Washington St., or at the department website, www.valparaisopolice.org. The applications may be completed on-line, mailed back to the department or returned in person. The minimum requirements to be considered for this opportunity are that the applicant meet the following: be 21 years of age or older, hold a high school diploma or GED, be a United States Citizen, possess a valid driver’s license and have no prior felony convictions. The opportunity is for state certified officers from Indiana only and requires the past successful completion of an approved State of Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.

For more information about employment as a Valparaiso Police Officer, including a job description, log onto the Recruitment section of our website. A lateral transfer program (salary) is also available to qualified applicants; however, testing is mandatory for employment consideration. Testing will include a modified general fitness assessment, that includes a vertical jump, push ups, sit ups, and a 1 1/2 mile run. Additional information regarding the assessment will be communicated to applicants at a later time, after your application has been processed.

All applications must be received by April 12, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. to be considered.

Police Seeking Identification of SubjectValparaiso Police are investigating the theft of merchandise from the Valparaiso...
03/29/2021

Police Seeking Identification of Subject

Valparaiso Police are investigating the theft of merchandise from the Valparaiso Wal-Mart, located at 2400 Morthland Dr. The theft occurred on March 22, 2021 at approximately 8:00 p.m. The male subject in the photographs entered the store and removed an electronic item from a secured case, valued at over $200.00, and exited the store without making any attempt to pay for the item. The male was seen arriving and leaving the area in an unknown silver vehicle with temporary Indiana license plates.

If you have information regarding the subject or vehicle in the posted photos, please contact Detective Sergeant Mark LaMotte 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 “Wal-Mart” 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.

03/22/2021

Valparaiso Police Investigating Death

On March 21, 2021 at 8:16 p.m., Valparaiso Police responded to the 250 block of Michigan Ave. regarding a death investigation. While on scene, officers encountered Matthew Castro, 29, of Valparaiso. Castro was taken into custody on charges unrelated to the death investigation. Castro was transported to Porter County Jail on charges of Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Law Enforcement, and Battery to Law Enforcement Causing Injury.

The death investigation remains open and ongoing at this time. Additional information will be provided once it becomes available.

Police Seeking Identification of SubjectValparaiso Police are investigating the theft of merchandise from the Valparaiso...
03/16/2021

Police Seeking Identification of Subject

Valparaiso Police are investigating the theft of merchandise from the Valparaiso Wise Guy’s Liquors, located at 2451 Morthland Dr. The theft occurred on March 8, 2021 at approximately 4:00 p.m. The male subject in the photographs entered the store and selected several hundred dollars’ worth of high dollar bottled liquor, concealed them on his person, completed a smaller transaction with a cashier, then exited the store without paying for the concealed high dollar bottles. The subject left the area in an unknown vehicle.

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 “Liquor” 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 Subject

Valparaiso Police are investigating the theft of merchandise from the Valparaiso Wise Guy’s Liquors, located at 2451 Morthland Dr. The theft occurred on March 8, 2021 at approximately 4:00 p.m. The male subject in the photographs entered the store and selected several hundred dollars’ worth of high dollar bottled liquor, concealed them on his person, completed a smaller transaction with a cashier, then exited the store without paying for the concealed high dollar bottles. The subject left the area in an unknown vehicle.

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 “Liquor” 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.

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355 S Washington St
Valparaiso, IN
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