The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office says it’s adjusting its operations in response to COVID-19. Deputies will continue to respond to all emergency and in-progress calls, but they may be wearing latex gloves.
They’ve also been told to maintain an interview distance of at least six feet and communicate in open-air areas, if possible. Deputies won’t complete title checks until further notice, since the Bureau of Motor Vehicles has provided extensions for licensing-related matters.
Citizens are asked to only go to the Sheriff’s Office’s front desk for necessary business and jail-related matters. Those seeking crash and incidents reports may request them by calling the records department at 219-326-7700. Those who want a handgun permit are reminded to begin the application process on the Indiana State Police website.
Residents may continue to visit inmates remotely by video. LaPorte County’s court system will use either video arraignment or ZOOM, but some court proceedings may require a defendant’s presence in a courtroom.
The Sheriff’s Office says its number-one priority is the safety, security, and health of every citizen in the county.