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.
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.
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.).”
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
--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
www.gettingout.com 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.
Reynolds added. “Stay inside.”