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More Eyes Being Applied to Crime

(La Porte, IN) - Law enforcement in the City of La Porte has a new tool to help fight crime.  The new "Street Crimes Unit" at the department was launched on January 31. 


The team, comprised of two officers and one canine, will work to combat all areas of concern reported by both citizens and officers, said Police Chief Paul Brettin.  Brettin said the focus will be on street-level drug enforcement and other crimes such as theft and vandalism.


"The mayor has made it clear from the beginning that we will be cracking down harder than ever on drugs and other crimes in La Porte.  Having a dedicated team of officers to focus solely on these issues will help us pinpoint these criminals and get them off our streets," he said.  Brettin said the unit is also working closely with the LaPorte County Drug Force, the LaPorte County Fugitive Apprehension Street Team and other City of La Porte officers to address crime.


Residents can report crimes and leave tips about suspected drug activity at www.cityoflaporte.com/police or by calling the department at 219-362-9446.


Several years ago, the La Porte Police Department had a street crimes unit but it was disbanded when lack of manpower and cost became issues.   After becoming police chief more than a year ago, Brettin vowed to bring back the team feeling it had a noticeable impact on reducing crime in the city.

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