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City of La Porte, Indiana

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Merit Commission    

Robert Cutler, President

Serving since 2002

 

Norman Juday, Secretary

Serving since 2013

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Larry Pinkerton, Vice President

Serving since 2006

The La Porte Police Department Merit Commission has the authority to select, promote, discipline, demote and terminate the employment of all sworn members of the La Porte Police Department. The Merit Commission members serve three years terms. One Merit Commission member is appointed by the mayor, one member is appointed by the La Porte City Council and one member is elected by the officers of the La Porte Police Department. The current Merit Commissioners are Robert Cutler, Larry Pinkerton and Norman Juday.

Sworn Officers

  • Positive Aspects of Working as a La Porte Police Officer
    • Serving a community that offers a lot of positive aspects in terms of economic growth, general atmosphere and working environment.
    • Ability to stay busy while working, but not be overwhelmed, which allows officers to develop their policing skills quickly.
    • Flexibility that allows patrol officers the time to do some of their own investigations rather than turning everything over to the Detective Bureau to investigate.
    • Opportunity to work for a medium sized department that offers chances for advancement and also to become involved in specialized fields such as Bike Patrol, the Emergency Response Team and the Detective Bureau.
    • Officers receive a take home squad car after successfully completing Field Training.
    • Officers work fixed eight hour shifts with shift choice based on seniority after completion of Field Training. The schedule for patrol officers is four days working followed by two days off.
    • Promotions are based on a combination of exam scores, performance evaluations and seniority rather than political appointment as some departments do.
    • Weapons, uniform and basic equipment are furnished when officer is hired. Officer is responsible for purchasing replacement uniforms as needed.
      • Both  Class A and a Class B or BDU style uniforms and the use of nylon leather gear is authorized
    • Labor contract between Fraternal Order of Police La Porte Lodge #54 and the City of La Porte establishes working conditions and benefits in writing.
    • Good fringe benefits package which includes:
      • Fourteen vacation days after one year of service increasing up to thirty-one days of vacation after twenty years of service.
      • Two percent longevity pay increase for each three years of service up to a maximum of fourteen percent. 
  • Duties
    • Enforce all Indiana and criminal laws and all local ordinances
    • Respond to and investigate crimes and traffic accidents that occur within the City of La Porte.
    • Respond to and document complaints that are criminal and civil in nature.
    • Engage in preventive patrol to prevent criminal, traffic and ordinance violations and increase public safety.
    • Interact with the citizens in a positive, proactive manner to find solutions to problems in our community.
    • Follow all orders emanating from superior officers.
  • Application Requirements
    • Administrative Requirements.
      • Applicant must be between the ages of 21 and 35 years of age and provide a copy of his/her birth certificate.
      • Applicant must provide a copy of his/her Driver's License.
      • Applicant must provide a copy of his/her military discharge papers if applicable.
      • Applicant must be a high school graduate or have a GED and must provide a copy of his/her diploma and high school transcripts.
      • Applicant must allow a set of his/her fingerprints to be taken upon request by the Merit Commission.
      • Applicant must take IQ and CVSA tests to be given at the La Porte Police Department by appointment prior to his/her interview.
      • Applicant must sign and have witnessed the enclosed Information Release Form in the application packet.
      • Applicants should seal their application envelope and return it to the Police Chief's Administrative Assistant.  Applicants should update their application files every 90 days. When an opening occurs, the applicant may be called for an interview.
      • Downloadable version of the La Porte Police Department's employment application for sworn officers.  Please carefully read all instructions, complete this application in full, and mail or hand deliver the application and all required documents to the La Porte Police Department, 1206 Michigan Avenue, La Porte, Indiana 46350..
    • Physical Requirements
      • Visual testing by Snellen chart -20 over 100- minimum uncorrected vision.
      • Pulmonary function test.
      • Chest X-ray including posterior, anterior and lateral views.
      • Lumbo-sacral spine X-rays including anterior, posterior, lateral and oblique views.
      • Treadmill test.
      • Twelve lead ECG test.
      • Urinanalysis.
      • VDRL test.
      • Audiometris test.
      • Profile 4 from which liver, kidney, blood and metabolic tests may be detected.
  • Selection Process
    • Your application, when received, will be reviewed by a Merit Commission member to determine if you have filled out the forms properly and also checked to make sure all required information is with your application.
    • Your application will then be reviewed by all three Merit Commission members in an executive session at a regularly scheduled Merit Commission meeting.
    • At such time as a vacancy occurs in the Police Department and the Merit Commission the City Board of Public Works to fill a vacancy, the Merit Commission will review all applications.
    • The Merit Commission will select several applicants to appear before them for a personal interview.  If selected for an interview, you will be contacted to setup an appointment for this interview.
    • After the interview, if you are selected to continue the selection process, will contacted to report to the La Porte Police Department to take the Police Officer Selection Test.  This test takes approximately two hours to complete.  At that time, you will also receive information on obtaining a current credit report.
    • The Police Officer Selection Test will graded and you will be contacted by letter and advised if you passed or failed.
    • If you pass the Police Officer Selection Test, you will be among several applicants selected to perform the agility test.  This test consists of four categories: muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance and musculo-skeletal flexibility.  Information regarding the agility test is enclosed and you will notified as to the date, time and location of the agility test.
    • If you pass the agility test, you will then be requested a CVSA truth verification test.
    • If you pass the CVSA, a background investigation will be conducted.
    • If you pass the background investigation, you be supplied with further information by the La Porte Police Department's Pension Secretary and the Public Employees Retirement Fund.
    • If you fail any phase of the hiring process, there is a six month waiting period before you can be re-tested.
    • You do not need to contact the La Porte Police Department for any reason other than to update your application every 90 days.
  • Training Requirements
    • Successfully complete the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Pre-Basic and Basic Law Enforcement training courses.
    • Successfully complete the La Porte Police Department's Field Training Program.

Reserve Officers

  • Program Objective
    • To bring mature, well-adjusted, community-minded adults that have a strong desire to volunteer their time to the La Porte Police Department.  Reserve Officers are responsible for purchasing all required equipment and uniforms with the exception of badges and radios at an approximate cost of $1,000.00.  
  • Duties
    • To assist sworn personnel with their assigned duties.
    • Ride on patrol in a squad car with a sworn officer.
    • Assist sworn officers in enforcing all Indiana and criminal laws and all local ordinances
    • Assist sworn officers in responding to and investigate crimes and traffic accidents that occur within the City of La Porte.
    • Assist sworn officers in responding to and document complaints that are criminal and civil in nature.
    • Assist sworn officers in engaging in preventive patrol to prevent criminal, traffic and ordinance violations and increase public safety.
    • Interact with the citizens in a positive, proactive manner to find solutions to problems in our community.
    • Follow all orders emanating from superior officers including all sworn personnel.
  • Application Requirements
    • Administrative Requirements
    • The applicant must provide a copy of his/her birth certificate and must at least 21 years of age.
    • The applicant must provide a copy of his/her Driver's License.
    • The applicant must provide a copy of his/her high school diploma and transcript and must either be a high school graduate or have a GED.
    • IQ Test to be given at the La Porte Police Department by appointment prior to the interview.
    • The applicant must sign and have witnessed the Information Release Form.
    • Applicants should seal their application envelope and return it to the Police Chief's Administrative Assistant.  Applicants should update their application files every 90 days.  When an opening occurs, the applicant will be called for an interview.
    • Reserve Officers serve at the pleasure of the Chief of Police and may be dismissed from the program at any time. 
    • Downloadable version of the La Porte Police Department's application for reserve officers.  Please complete this application in full and mail or hand deliver it to the La Porte Police Department.
  • Physical Requirements
    • Basic physical examination and/or statement from a physician that applicant can perform the duties required of a police officer, after the application is reviewed and upon request of the Merit Commission.
  • Selection Process
    • Your application will then be reviewed by Reserve Officer Board of Control members.
    • If you pass the interview,  you  must pass a written exam administered at the La Porte Police Department.
    • You must pass the Indiana Pre-basic Program and ride on the street for at least 16 hours before being accepted as a Reserve Officer. 

 

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