Valparaiso Junior Police Academy

Valparaiso Junior Police Academy **CLICK "ABOUT" FOR ADDITIONAL INFO** The Junior Police Academy is designed for high school students interested in law enforcement. Hear instruction and participate in hands on training with active police officers in controlled scenarios.

The Junior Police Academy invites high school Juniors and Seniors to participate in hands on training and education about law enforcement. The "classes" include instruction in Traffic Enforcement, Firearms, SWAT, K9, Drug Enforcement, Firearms and more. Students will also visit the Porter County Jail and participate in a field day where the students play the roll of officers and officers play citizens/"bad guys" in controlled scenarios. The Academy typically takes place in April. Info about signing up for the Academy can be found on the Valparaiso Police Department's webpage and on this page during the months of January and February, just before applications are available. Comments left by visitors to this page do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Valparaiso Police Department. All comments are subject to review of the page administrator and may be removed at the discretion of the administrator.

Valparaiso Police Department

Valparaiso Police Department

Police Traffic Stop Leads to Chase—Ends Safely

The Valparaiso Police initiated a traffic stop today, on eastbound I-94, while working criminal interdiction on local highways that lead to a vehicle pursuit. The vehicle, occupied by four subjects, was discovered to be reported stolen out of Elkhart, IN shortly after the traffic stop began. The vehicle continued to evade police as it traveled from I-94, taking U.S. HWY 421 to State Road 2 in Valparaiso. At this time, the vehicle stopped and the occupants fled on foot in the area of Cain Dr. and Engle Dr. , which is just east of Eastport Centre Dr. Four subjects were taken into custody on charges of Resisting Law Enforcement, including Andrew Sanner, 18, of Elkhart. The other three suspects are juveniles. During this encounter, the local schools, consisting of Ivy Tech, Little U Academy, and Victory Christian Academy were placed on lock down as officers took the suspects into custody. Washington Township School buses were also diverted from the area during this time. The Valparaiso Police Department thanks our local education facilities for their cooperation as ensuring their safety is always a priority. The investigation remains on-going.


*Attention* There are only 5 days remaining to apply to the 2019 Valparasio Police Department Junior Police Academy. Be sure to get your applications in! Applications can be picked up at the Valparasio Police Department.


The Valparaiso Police Department is seeking high school students that represent good citizenship and have an interest in a law enforcement career. The Department is again sponsoring the Junior Police Academy in 2019.

The academy consists of two classes per week, starting February 18, 2019 through May 1, 2019 and are scheduled for 2-3 hours, per topic presented. The course is designed for high school students to meet officers and learn about the daily activities of police work. The topics presented include: traffic enforcement, crash investigation, crimes against young people, drug investigation, physical tactics, K9, SWAT, and various education topics geared toward our youth community. The class further allows for an opportunity for the students to partake in a field day, where they can show their learned skills in a variety of mock police related activities.

Space is limited to attend the program, with applications available at the Valparaiso Police Department (355 Washington St.). All applications must be completed, accompanying a one-page essay as to why the student wishes to participate in the JPA, along with a parent signature, and returned to the Valparaiso Police Department by January 15, 2019. Please contact Ptrl. Pat Yokovich, coordinator and instructor of the JPA, at 219-462-2135 or [email protected] with any questions.

Valparaiso Police Department

Valparaiso Police Department

Valparaiso Police Initiated Emergency Hiring Procedure

Experienced Officers May Be Eligible for Lateral Transfer Program

The Valparaiso Board of Works recently approved an Emergency Hiring Process for the police department. This is due to the immediate need for an experienced police officer. The Emergency Hiring Process allows the department to hire an experienced police officer expediting the training time, which typically takes up to one year.

The department is accepting applications for current certified sworn police officers who are Indiana Law Enforcement Academy graduates and currently members of the Indiana Public Employee/Police Retirement Fund (PERF). Experienced officers may also be eligible for the department’s lateral transfer program.

Applications must be completed and returned to the department by Friday, July 27th at 4pm. Applications are available at the Valparaiso Police Department located at 355 S. Washington St. Applications can also be downloaded from the department’s website (click the recruitment tab) at and returned to the department by email at [email protected] or by mail.

Valparaiso Police Department

Valparaiso Police Department

New Alarm Policy Requires Registration

Registration Period Extended to March 31st with New Policy

Earlier this week the Valparaiso City Council approved a new alarm policy. In the new ordinance all businesses and residential alarms inside the city limits are required to register their alarm with the city.

The goal of this new alarm ordinance is to reduce the false alarms in the city and provide police with an updated/current contact information for the business or residence. In 2017, officers responded to over 1400 false alarms. Often police respond to alarms after hours and are not able to make contact with a homeowner or business owner/manager due to their contact information being out dated.

The registration period has been extended this year due to the new ordinance. All businesses and home owners that have an alarm in the city limits of Valparaiso will have until March 31st to register their alarm. The process to register will be very simple and will be available online. A $25 registration fee will be waived if registration in completed prior to the yearly deadline. The yearly registration is needed to keep contact information current. After this year the yearly deadline to register will be January 31st.

More information regarding the registration including information about the website will be available shortly. When information is available another release will be completed on how and where to register an alarm. This information will also be available on the department’s page, twitter page and website.

Valparaiso Police Department

Valparaiso Police Department

Subject Arrested after Brief Stand-Off

Shortly after midnight this morning, officers responded to a female subject that had been involved in a physical disturbance which included threats being made with a handgun by her boyfriend. The female subject had fled the house immediately after the disturbance and called police.

Police responded to 303 Garfield Ave to investigate the incident further. When police arrived the male subject inside the home refused to answer the door. Numerous attempts to make contact with the male subject were made and went unanswered.

The Porter County Emergency Response Team was activated shortly after 1:00 a.m. Police obtained a search warrant which was served shortly after 2:00 a.m. and the male subject was taken into custody without further incident.

The male subject was identified as Randy Geer, 54 yrs old of Valparaiso. Geer was interviewed by police and arrested on numerous charges. Geer was transported to Porter County Jail and held on the charges of Intimidation (felony), Strangulation (felony), Domestic Battery and Criminal Recklessness with a handgun.

Valparaiso Police Department

Valparaiso Police Department

Robbery Suspect Caught and Detained by Customers

Valparaiso Police were called to Aldi Foods at 2906 Laporte Ave at 7:20 p.m. for a robbery in progress. While enroute police were informed customers had caught and were restraining a male subject.

Officers Kobitka, Sgt McIntrye and Sgt.Simpson (off-duty) arrived and located five or six individuals holding a male subject on the floor. Officers immediately handcuffed the subject.

Police learned through their investigation that a male subject, identified as Thomas Powell 36 yrs old of Hebron, entered the store approached a cashier with a mask on his face and demanded money. Powell inferred he had a weapon in his pocket while demanding the money. He obtained U.S. currency from the cashier and was immediately physically restrained by one customer. Additional customers assisted and held the subject on the floor until police arrived.

The subject was arrested and held on robbery charges. Police continue to investigate the incident. All money was recovered at the scene.

Valparaiso Police Department

Valparaiso Police Department

Applications Being Accepted for Police Officer

The Valparaiso Police Department is accepting applications for individuals seeking a career in law enforcement. Application packets are available at the Valparaiso Police Department, located at, 355 S. Washington St. A complete application packet can also be downloaded from the department’s website at and returned to the department by mail.

The minimum requirements needed to apply are: must be 21yrs of age or older; hold a high school degree or GED; be a United States Citizen; posses a valid driver’s license and have no prior felony arrests. For more information about the position including a job description, log onto; and click on employment opportunities.

All applications must be completed and returned to the department by Friday September 15th at 5:00 p.m. Please no telephone inquiries. The City of Valparaiso and the Valparaiso Police Department are Equal Opportunity Employers.

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Tuesday's (04/18/17) Junior Police Academy Class Has Been CANCELLED! We will re-schedule firearms for another day. An announcement will be made again Monday as a reminder, see you then!


Today is the first day of the 2017 JPA! We're excited to get started and meet the new students! See you at 4:00pm at the Valparaiso Police Department!


Acceptance letters are hitting the mail TODAY! Looking forward to seeing everyone for our first class on April 5th at 4:00pm!!

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Applications are now available for the 2017 JPA!!! You can get an application at the Valparaiso Police Department Records Window (between 7am-5pm). VHS Students will be able to get an application from SRO Lt. Blakley beginning tomorrow! REMEMBER: JPA is open to high school Juniors and Seniors from Porter County! SPACE IS LIMITED! Apply ASAP! Applications need to be in by March 15.


Applications are now available for the 2017 JPA!!! You can get an application at the Valparaiso Police Department Records Window (between 7am-5pm). VHS Students will be able to get an application from SRO Lt. Blakley beginning tomorrow! REMEMBER: JPA is open to high school Juniors and Seniors from Porter County! SPACE IS LIMITED! Apply ASAP! Applications need to be in by March 15.


The JPA has a new Twitter Account! Follow @ValpoJPA on Twitter! Also, be expecting news regarding the 2017 session VERY SOON, if interested, I'd be checking back in the next 24 hours! ENJOY THE WEEK and the BEAUTIFUL weather!


BOLO (be on look out) for information regarding the 2017 Junior Police Academy! Preparations and scheduling are underway for the year's JPA! REMINDER: The JPA is open to Juniors and Seniors attending high school in Porter County with interest in law enforcement! The JPA is anticipated to run throughout the month of April. We're excited about this year's session including new courses including OWI investigations, Understanding Police Use of Force and Bicycle Patrol! Announcements will be made when applications are made available! Spread the word, Follow us on Facebook or look for information on the Valparaiso Police Department website!


APPLICANTS: The acceptance letters went out this week so if you haven't gotten it yet, better check your mailbox! If for some reason you don't have your acceptance letter and applied, please contact us so that we can rectify the problem. SEE YOU MONDAY!


The 2016 JPA is currently scheduled for 13 classes to be held on weekdays after school, beginning the week after Spring Break and throughout the month of April.


355 Washington St
Valparaiso, IN

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00


(219) 462-2135


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