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Valparaiso Police Chief Mike Brickner

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Subject Arrested for Stealing Same Vehicle Twice

On Tuesday morning at 5:30 a.m. a vehicle was reported to police stolen from 258 S. Greenwich. Police while investigating the incident located the vehicle parked in the 300 block of Union St. The vehicle was then returned to the owner undamaged.

Police learned through their investigation that a spare key located inside the vehicle was missing when the vehicle was recovered.

Later that night, on Tuesday (2/24) 10:45 p.m. police were called a second time to 258 S. Greenwich for the same vehicle being stolen a second time. The owner confirmed the vehicle was locked prior to the second theft. 

Early Wednesday morning 5:35 a.m., (2/25) police located the vehicle abandoned after a single vehicle crash inside Graceland Cemetery near US 30.

Officer Chris Allison continued to investigate and obtained information regarding a suspect in the vehicle thefts.  A search warrant was obtained and this morning at 7:30 a.m. officers responded to the 300 block of Union St and arrested Shane Velasquez 24 yrs old hiding in a attic, when officers arrived. Also located in Velasquez’s property at the time of his arrest were other elements of the auto theft including property from other thefts from vehicles in the area.

Velasquez was transported to Porter County Jail and charged with two counts of Auto Theft, Resisting Law Enforcement, Leaving the


Applications Being Accepted for the Citizens' Police Academy Program

The Valparaiso Police Department is searching for community members that would like to learn more about the police department. The department’s annual Citizens’ Police Academy is currently accepting applications.

The Citizens’ Police Academy is designed for community members to meet officers, learn what officers do on a daily basis and become involved in their community. Topics featured in the academy include; investigations, Indiana law, daily traffic laws and enforcement, crash investigations and patrol division duties including many specialties within the patrol unit such as, K-9 presentations, bicycle team, taser usage and firearms scenarios.

The academy class will meet on every Tuesday, beginning on March 31st and will meet for 8 weeks. Classes start at 6:30pm each Tuesday. Applications for the academy are available at the Valparaiso Police Department located at 355 S Washington St. or online at Applicants must be 18 yrs old or older. Applications must be returned to the department by Friday March 20th. Limited space is available. Any questions regarding the Citizen’s Police Academy can be directed to Sgt. Michael Grennes by calling 462-2135 or email at . Additional information is available on the department’s website.


Prescription Drug Drop Off Nets 1800 lbs in 2014

The Valparaiso Police Department in 2010 initiated a Prescription Drug Drop Off program. The program was designed for community members to be able to properly and safely dispose of their many prescription medications. Every year since the beginning of the program the amount of prescription drugs disposed of has increased.

In 2014 a record 1800 pounds of prescription drugs were dropped off at the Valparaiso Police Department for disposal. This brings the total amount of prescription drugs properly destroyed by the police department (since 2010) to nearly 6000 pounds. This program keeps the prescription drugs out of the environment (water supplies, ect) but more importantly keeps prescription drugs out of the hands of individuals that could abuse the drugs, in many cases teenagers.

Individuals can drop off prescription drugs in the large blue box to the immediate right when you walk into the police station’s lobby. Drugs can be dropped off 24 hours a day, any day.

There are a few items that cannot be dropped off, they include inhalers and needles. Both items cause issues for police. Most major pharmacies will now also take old prescription drugs. Which may be more convenient for individuals, when you re-fill a new prescription, take your old prescriptions for disposal.  


Follow the Valparaiso Police on Twitter @ Valparaisopd

The Valparaiso Police starting today, Monday November 17th will be providing information through twitter for individuals wishing to sign-up and following the Valparaiso Police Department on Twitter. 

Information being tweeted out from the Valparaiso Police Department will typically be public safety or general information  regarding an ongoing situation/incident when immediate information is needed to be provided  to the general public, for example-road closures due to a crash or police incident scene. 

Twitter will be just another source of information available to the general public. The Valparaiso Police Department will continue to use their website, Facebook page, Tip411 Alerts, Youtube and through their email notification system to distribute community information.