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Longtime Officer Taking Off his Badge

(La Porte, IN) - A longtime police officer in La Porte is retiring.  Cpl. Karl Jackson has served the city for just over 30-years.


In a heart-felt letter announcing his retirement, Jackson said his experience as a police officer, despite its challenges, was nothing but positive.  He also thanked all of the mayors, city council members and many other individuals serving the community in various capacities during his time as a police officer here.


Jackson ended by the letter by stating “God bless you and your families and always remember to try and enjoy each day the Lord has given.  Everything is temporary and will pass.”  The letter was read by Police Chief Paul Brettin at the request of Mayor Tom Dermody during Tuesday’s Board of Public Works and Safety meeting.  “That was just a kind letter. It just reflects the type of person that Karl is and we were fortunate to have him as a part of our team here,” Dermody said.


Dermody also said he will reach out to Jackson to request his presence at the next city council meeting to be recognized for his efforts.  “What a great soul,” he said.


Brettin said Jackson served in various capacities like community policing during his long career.  His last official day at the police department is April 17.

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