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Police Advise Citizens Not to Bank on Social Media

(La Porte, IN) - La Porte residents are urged to call the police to report a crime and suspicious activity instead of just voicing their frustrations on social media.


According to authorities, there was a matter involving juveniles on Halloween night in the area of the Civic Auditorium. The concerns about whatever was happening, including criticism of the police not being there, found their way onto social media in the same post. 


Brettin said no calls were ever placed to the department about the activity. But, eventually, officers responded after one of the officers happened to spot the social media post and directed officers to go there and find out what was happening.


“They went out there and said there were so many kids everywhere,” Brettin said.

Brettin said it appears the behavior was generating complaints involving just minor acts of mischief. He said calls to the police department are answered by a dispatcher and not some automated system.

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