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What a great day for a cup of coffee! Thanks to all who enjoyed sharing a cup with VPD today at Starbucks.  We had a gre...
12/02/2019

What a great day for a cup of coffee! Thanks to all who enjoyed sharing a cup with VPD today at Starbucks. We had a great time meeting with our community inside and Chief got to meet several at the window as well. K9 Jax even made several new friends and enjoyed a pup cup. See you all at the next event and follow us on social media for all things VPD.

Thank you to the Jordan family, who stopped by last week on Thanksgiving with some goodies for our working officers.  Th...
12/02/2019

Thank you to the Jordan family, who stopped by last week on Thanksgiving with some goodies for our working officers. Thank you so much for thinking of us.

Today's the day,  Come in out of the cold and join officers from the Valparaiso Police Department in a cup of JOE!  Also...
12/02/2019

Today's the day, Come in out of the cold and join officers from the Valparaiso Police Department in a cup of JOE! Also, meet Joe, our Commander of Support Services to discuss community events and what is new at VPD! Starbucks, 2711 Calumet Ave., 12 p.m.- 2 p.m.

Timeline Photos
11/28/2019

Timeline Photos

Coffee with a Cop, next Monday from noon-2 p.m. at Starbucks, located at 2711 Calumet Ave.  Join Valparaiso Police offic...
11/25/2019

Coffee with a Cop, next Monday from noon-2 p.m. at Starbucks, located at 2711 Calumet Ave. Join Valparaiso Police officers over a fresh, hot, cup of coffee to discuss our community or just drop by to say hello.

Good luck to our Valparaiso Vikings tonight as they take on Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger for the right to play for a state ...
11/22/2019

Good luck to our Valparaiso Vikings tonight as they take on Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger for the right to play for a state title! #WeAreValpo

Wonderful time visiting the students of Northview Elementary today as part of Breakfast and Badges.  Thanks for allowing...
11/21/2019

Wonderful time visiting the students of Northview Elementary today as part of Breakfast and Badges. Thanks for allowing VPD to be part of your morning.

Had a great time this morning visiting with kids from Parkview Elementary as part of Breakfast and Badges! Thanks for th...
11/20/2019

Had a great time this morning visiting with kids from Parkview Elementary as part of Breakfast and Badges! Thanks for the warm welcome and send off! See you at Northview Elementary tomorrow.

Community Alert Fraud Alert –Checks, Gift Cards, and Other SecuritiesThe Valparaiso Police Department has recently bee...
11/19/2019

Community Alert
Fraud Alert –Checks, Gift Cards, and Other Securities

The Valparaiso Police Department has recently been advised of potential fraud attempts, which may increase as the holiday season gets underway. The fraud is in the form of obtaining check information, gift card numbers, or other forms of payment through photographs. The “scam” is to convince the victim to provide a photograph of the check or gift card to prove they are making the attempt to make a payment. The “scammer” then has the issued numbers for the check or gift card, that can be reproduced or utilized. The obtained real form of payment may then be voided, as the numbers are no longer valid. Please use caution this season, as there is no reason for a subject to ask for a photo of your check or gift card prior to payment. If you have any questions regarding such activity, please call the Valparaiso Police Department at 219-462-2135, before taking any action.

Chief Balon had the honor of being part of a Law Enforcement Panel discussing communications within communities, fosteri...
11/18/2019

Chief Balon had the honor of being part of a Law Enforcement Panel discussing communications within communities, fostering partnerships in diverse populations during challenging situations as part of the "Courageous Conversations: Creating a Safe Place Diversity and Inclusion Symposium". This great event took place at Valparaiso University on Friday, and the panel included representatives from Valparaiso Police, Porter County Sheriff's Department, Indiana University Police, Indiana University Northwest Police, and Gary Police. The open discussion was informative and educational, encouraged the exchange of ideas, and the development of community programs to address the issues within all communities.

Join the Valparaiso Police Department and Starbucks (2711 Calumet Ave.) for Coffee with a Cop on December 2, 2019 from 1...
11/18/2019

Join the Valparaiso Police Department and Starbucks (2711 Calumet Ave.) for Coffee with a Cop on December 2, 2019 from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Meet with officers and talk about our community over a fresh cup! See you there!

Congratulations to NILEA graduating class 19-42.  Job well done!  VPD is extremely proud of our graduates, Kaci Morris, ...
11/16/2019

Congratulations to NILEA graduating class 19-42. Job well done! VPD is extremely proud of our graduates, Kaci Morris, Riley Owens, Logan Redmon, Jacob Myers, Jonathan Hand, and Michael Lippelt. Further congrats to Riley for finishing at the top of his class academically, Jonathan for achieving top physical fitness, and Jacob for being awarded as the Top Gun in firearms. Welcome back to VPD!

The Valparaiso Police Department continues to investigate ways to address the growing epidemic that includes drug and al...
11/12/2019
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The Valparaiso Police Department continues to investigate ways to address the growing epidemic that includes drug and alcohol abuse, mental health need, suicide prevention, and the overall well-being of our citizens. In doing so, we look for additional resources that help our community with all options that may aid in addressing these areas. Our community must understand that addiction does not care about your age, race, gender, or your socioeconomic status, it affects everyone. Addiction is very powerful and can quickly claim the lives of so many and their families.

FindTreatment.gov is a resource available to everyone looking for solutions to all these problems. It provides easy access to treatment options, facilities, and the help that so many need. If you, or anyone you know, needs help, please check out this site for assistance. You can also reach us, the Valparaiso Police Department, for any type of aid or direction to services. Continue to follow us on our various social medial outlets for upcoming programs, community alerts, and additional assistance opportunities.

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Timeline Photos
11/11/2019

Timeline Photos

11/04/2019

One Arrested After Police Pursuit

On November 4, 2019 at 7:44 a.m., Valparaiso Police responded to report of an unknown female with her vehicle parked on the sidewalk of the round-a-bout at Sturdy Rd. and LaPorte Ave. Patrolman Josh Biggs responded to the area, in an effort to check on the female, who was found standing outside of her vehicle. The female then entered her vehicle, started it, and accelerated away from him as he attempted to speak with her. At this time, additional officers arrived and attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle, as it disregarded traffic signals, nearly struck multiple vehicles, and entered the construction zone. Officers observed the vehicle nearly strike a pedestrian worker and again approached the vehicle when it came to a stop. The driver again fled from the officers as they approached the vehicle. Police continued to pursue the vehicle, as the driver operated in an unsafe manner, traveling into oncoming lanes of traffic as well as into yards and along sidewalks as she evaded police. Several attempts to utilize tire deflation devices to slow the vehicle were made by police, causing the vehicle to come to a stop in the parking lot of 2700 Valparaiso St. (Post Office). The driver was now identified as Karen Wagner, 55, of Valparaiso. Karen was taken into custody on charges of Resisting Law Enforcement, Criminal Recklessness, and Reckless Driving. Karen was transported to Porter County jail on these charges.

Another invite to speak to the kids about Halloween Safety, Patrolman Rob Fisher did not disappoint.  Thank you Tiny Tim...
11/01/2019

Another invite to speak to the kids about Halloween Safety, Patrolman Rob Fisher did not disappoint. Thank you Tiny Tim's for allowing us to be part of your day. I hope all of your kids and staff had a safe Halloween with lots of fun mixed in.

Happy Halloween! Enjoy trick or treat this evening from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
10/31/2019

Happy Halloween! Enjoy trick or treat this evening from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Halloween Safety Talks at Little Lamb PreschoolPatrolman Rob Fisher and Patrolman Jon Nuppnau took time recently to meet...
10/30/2019

Halloween Safety Talks at Little Lamb Preschool

Patrolman Rob Fisher and Patrolman Jon Nuppnau took time recently to meet with multiple groups of trick or treater's to teach them how to stay safe this Thursday night. The kids enjoyed meeting the officers and talking about getting candy. Thanks Little Lamb for inviting us! Happy Halloween!

10/29/2019

Community Information

On October 28, 2019 at approximately 11:30 a.m., Valparaiso Police responded to Hobby Lobby (3104 LaPorte Ave.) regarding the report of a suspicious male. This investigation allowed police to speak with all parties involved and determine that no apparent ill will or malicious intent was present. The reported male further allowed a search of his vehicle and provided a statement to police. The situation was documented, including the identification of those involved. The Valparaiso Police encourage anyone who believes they may be in danger at any time to contact police for assistance. Please remember to always be aware of your surroundings as you shop and travel, specifically as the holiday season approaches. Thanks again to all those who have brought attention to this issue and expressed concern. Your partnership with the Valparaiso Police Department is very important to our community.

10/24/2019

DEA National Prescription Drug Takeback Day

The Valparaiso Police Department will again be participating in the National Prescription Drug Takeback on October 26, 2019. The scheduled event will take place at the Valparaiso Police Department from 10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m. 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 this Saturday or any day.

VPD participated in a full scale active shooter exercise today at Ivy Tech Valparaiso Campus. The event included the mul...
10/23/2019

VPD participated in a full scale active shooter exercise today at Ivy Tech Valparaiso Campus. The event included the multi agency cooperative efforts of local first responders, including members of Valpo Fire and EMS, Porter County Sheriffs Department, Porter County EMA, Porter County 911, Indiana State Police, Porter Regional Hospital, and others. All participants put into practice the application of training that has been created by these partnering agencies in operations and rescue for such a large scaled event. Thanks to all those that worked so hard to make this possible and the efforts of all those who participated today.

VPD had a great time participating in the 2019 Downtown Trick or Treat.  Chief Balon and others got to meet all kinds of...
10/21/2019

VPD had a great time participating in the 2019 Downtown Trick or Treat. Chief Balon and others got to meet all kinds of costumed kids and parents, taking some really good photos with many of those who passed through our booth. Thanks for stopping by to say hi, have a safe and wonderful Halloween season.

10/20/2019

Deceased Male Found Along US HWY 30

The Valparaiso Police Department responded to the area of US HWY 30 and Linwood Ave. this morning at approximately 8:45 a.m. to the report of a downed man in a ditch. The male was soon discovered to be deceased. The incident appears to be a bicycle crash that resulted in death. There appears to be no sign of foul play at this time or no other vehicles involved. The Valparaiso Police Department and the Porter County Coroner continue to investigate the incident. The subject has been identified and notification to next of kin is being completed by investigators. No further information will be made available at this time.

Two Arrested for Dealing Marijuana On October 18, 2019 at approximately 1:00 a.m., Lt. Jerame Simpson conducted a traffi...
10/18/2019

Two Arrested for Dealing Marijuana

On October 18, 2019 at approximately 1:00 a.m., Lt. Jerame Simpson conducted a traffic stop on US HWY 30, near CR 450 East, due to numerous suspicious observations, including a speeding violation. Upon making contact with the driver, the vehicle was identified as a ‘Lyft” vehicle with two passengers. The investigation revealed the passenger had hired the “Lyft” vehicle to transport them to Fort Wayne, from Chicago. Additional indicators of drug trafficking were noted by Lt. Simpson, who utilized his K9, Rico, who alerted to the presence of narcotic odor. A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of over 10 pounds of individually packaged marijuana. It was also learned, through interview, that the parties has been hired to transport the seized marijuana, having flown to the Midwest to make the delivery. Arrested on charges of Possession of Marijuana and Dealing Marijuana were Erik Garcia (24) and Miguel Gameros-Gonzales (23), both of California. Both parties were held on their charges at the Porter County Jail.

Two Officers Sworn to DutyThe Valparaiso Police Department would like to welcome two new officers to the department, eff...
10/18/2019

Two Officers Sworn to Duty

The Valparaiso Police Department would like to welcome two new officers to the department, effective October 17, 2019. The swearing-in of Erik Palleson and Carol Pytynia took place in the newly renovated Valparaiso City Hall, with the oath provided by City Administrator Bill Oeding. The ceremony was well attended, with numerous officers, civilian staff, friends and family, in attendance to honor the occasion.

Erik comes to Valparaiso with prior police experience, having served in Chesterton since 2015 and with Kouts from 2013-2015. Erik is a 2014 graduate of the Northwest Indiana Law enforcement Academy and was awarded an Associates degree in Criminal Justice from Ivy Tech in 2010. Erik has further experience as a K9 handler and volunteer firemen.

Carol also comes to Valparaiso with police experience, having served Michigan City since 2013. Carol is a 2008 graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and a 2009 graduate of Indiana University Northwest, holding a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. Carol has further experience as a member of the Michigan City SWAT Team and served as a Sergeant in the Indiana National Guard.

Congratulations to Officer Palleson and Officer Pytynia!

Police Seeking Identification of Subjects (UPDATE)The subjects have been identified.  Thank you for all the assistance. ...
10/18/2019

Police Seeking Identification of Subjects (UPDATE)

The subjects have been identified. Thank you for all the assistance.

Valparaiso Police are investigating the theft of merchandise from the Valparaiso Strack and Van Til, located at 1836 Calumet Ave. The thefts have occurred on multiple occasions in October at various times. The male and female subjects in the photographs entered the store and selected several hundred dollars’ worth of merchandise and exited the store without making any attempt to pay for the items on two separate occasions. The male and female were seen loading their items into and leaving the area in a Silver Chevrolet Traverse. The license plate is known to be an Indiana In God We Trust plate, ending in 76. Please understand we know the quality of the photos is limited; however, the suspects are distinct and the vehicle may be identifiable with the information known.

If you have information regarding the subjects or vehicle 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. To aid in identification of tips regarding these individuals, please add “Stracks” in the first line of your message. Thank you in advance for any assistance in identifying these subjects.

Round 2 of Breakfast and Badges took place today with the students and staff of Flint Lake Elementary.  VPD had a great ...
10/17/2019

Round 2 of Breakfast and Badges took place today with the students and staff of Flint Lake Elementary. VPD had a great time talking with the kids as they started their school day off on the right foot. Thanks Flint Lake for having us, we all had a wonderful time getting to know you.

VPD enjoyed our first "Breakfast and Badges" this morning, as we joined Memorial Elementary students and staff during sc...
10/16/2019

VPD enjoyed our first "Breakfast and Badges" this morning, as we joined Memorial Elementary students and staff during school breakfast. Our officers had a great time meeting with students and talking to them about their upcoming day. Please look for us to join your elementary school in the future, as we will make stops at all 10 elementary school before the end of the school year.

Police Seeking Identity of Theft Suspect  (UPDATE)*The suspect has been identified and taken into custody.  Thank you fo...
10/02/2019

Police Seeking Identity of Theft Suspect (UPDATE)

*The suspect has been identified and taken into custody. Thank you for the shared information.

Valparaiso Police are investigating the theft of merchandise from Trail Inn Liquors, located at 1307 Lincolnway. The theft occurred on September 26, 2019 at approximately 12:00 p.m. The male subject in the photographs entered the store and selected several items and exited the store without making any attempt to pay for the items. The male was seen arriving to the area in a maroon passenger vehicle with two black stripes on the hood.

If you have information regarding the subject or vehicle 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. In the first line of the message, please indicate “Trail Inn” to indicate the case you are referring to. Thank you for any assistance in this manner.

Seeking Identity of Theft Suspects (UPDATE)*Subjects have been identified, thank youValparaiso Police are investigating ...
09/30/2019

Seeking Identity of Theft Suspects (UPDATE)

*Subjects have been identified, thank you

Valparaiso Police are investigating the theft of merchandise from the Valparaiso Strack and Van Til, located at 2800 Calumet Ave. The theft occurred on September 21, 2019 at approximately 9:20 a.m. The male and female subjects in the photographs entered the store and selected several hundred dollars’ worth of merchandise, then exited the store without making any attempt to pay for the items. The male and female were seen leaving the area in an older model, small, white passenger vehicle. The images of the suspects entering the store are not of great quality and there is not a photo available of the vehicle; however, the contents of stolen property include baby related items and a large quantity of energy drinks which may aid in their identification.

If you have information regarding the subjects in the posted photos, please contact Detective Cassidy Schafer 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.

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