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Sheriff Department issues COVID guidance

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The Porter County Sheriff’s Office has limited public access to its building “to only jail matters and necessary business.”

“If you are unsure of the importance of your situation, call the Sheriff’s Office at (219) 477-3000,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement released on Friday.

Other information:

--Officers will continue to respond to all emergency and in-progress calls. Non-emergency calls which do not require the physical presence of an officer will be handled by an officer over the phone.

--“Please understand that officers may be wearing latex gloves and offering no handshakes. Officers will likely be maintaining a safe interview distance (minimum six feet) and may request, whenever possible, to communicate in open-door locations (outdoors, porches, etc.).”

--Until further notice, call title (VIN) checks will be conducted at the BMV. If the BMV temporarily suspends services, “there likely will be no immediate need for said paperwork.”

--For crash or incident reports, call the Record Department at 477-3000. Crash reports can be e-mailed, faxed, or mailed.

--All tax warrants can be paid online at www.GovPayNow.html Enter the code PLC7765 or call 477-3000 for assistance.

--Family may visit with inmates from home via video visitation. Go to There will be a fee for this service.

--The Porter County Courts and Jail are fully exercising video arraignment procedures. Public access to the courtrooms has been suspended.

“I want to thank the judges and Prosecutor Gary Germann for working with law enforcement to assure the criminal justice system remains intact during these trying times,” Sheriff David Reynolds said.

“Stay safe,” Reynolds added. “Stay inside.”


Posted 3/23/2020




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