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Valparaiso Police Chief Mike Brickner


Learn more about the Valparaiso Police Department from Chief Brickner.



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Halloween Information

City trick-or-treat has been scheduled for Friday October 31st from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The following safety tips will help make your Halloween Holiday safe and fun:

1.  Walk don’t run from house to house.
2.  Stay on sidewalks.
3.  Stop and look both ways before crossing the street.
4.  Cross the street at intersections, not between parked cars.
5.  Stay in familiar neighborhoods.
6.  Carry a flashlight and wear bright clothing.
7.  Make sure costumes do not drag on the ground.
8.  Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house.
9.  Safer to be in groups when walking and trick or treating.
10. Approach only houses that have lights on.
11. Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape.
12. Wear costumes that don’t restrict your sight.
13. Wait to eat candy after you get home.
14. Parents inspect candy after returning home. Any candy opened should not be eaten.
15. Carry a cellular phone and immediately report any suspicious activity to police.

All motorist should slow down and use extra caution during trick-or-treat hours.


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Police Add 7 New All-Wheel Drive (4x4) Vehicles to Fleet

Police Better Prepared for Upcoming Inclement Weather

The Valparaiso Police Department recently added seven new Ford Explorers to their fleet of police vehicles. The new addition of all wheel drive vehicles (4x4) brings the total number of four wheel drive vehicles or all wheel drive vehicles to twenty in their police fleet.

In recent years, the winter months within the region, have caused havoc for  officers attempting to respond to calls after and during large snow falls or other inclement weather. Officer’s with non-four wheel drive vehicles would routinely get stuck or have difficulty responding to a call. The larger vehicles also provide increase safety and more storage for the large amount of equipment issued to officers.

“We have done a lot of research and through that research learned the four-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicles are safer, better for storage, better on maintenance and better prepares officers to respond to incidents during inclement weather”, explained Police Chief Michael Brickner.


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Halloween Safety & Registered Sex Offenders

Halloween Safety & Registered Sex Offenders

Halloween is scheduled for Friday evening from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The Valparaiso Police Department would like to make all potential trick-or-treaters aware of registered sex offenders living within the City of Valparaiso (within the city limits). All information posted is public record and should be used for informational purposes only.

Currently seven registered sex offenders are listed living within the city. Additional information is available regarding the listed sex offenders, including photos on the department’s website www.valparaisopolice.org .


David Sultzer ---------- 1903 Chicago St #19
Irene Clark ------------  255 ½ Brown St
David Wesolowski ------7 Garfield Ave #1
John Hawkins ---------- 265 Brown St. #1
Jacob Cross -----------  403 Union St #B
Chadwick Miller -------  1157 West St #B
Brian Norlington ------  503 ½ Jefferson St.