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COMMUNITY FIRST

The Elkhart Police Department is committed to working in partnership with the community to improve the quality of life and provide a safe environment with Honor, Integrity, and Justice.

COMMUNITY FIRST

The Elkhart Police Department is committed to working in partnership with the community to improve the quality of life and provide a safe environment with Honor, Integrity, and Justice.

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Frosty 5

February 9 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join us for the 10th Annual Frosty Five Run.  For our 10th year, we are adding a 5 MILE option as well.Enjoy the scenic cross [...]

Trudge for Suds – Elkhart Mardi Gras

February 9 @ 8:00 pm - February 10 @ 8:00 pm

The Pillars of Elkhart Present the 10th Annual Trudge for Suds - Elkhart Mardi Gras!!This event is 21+ only! Free to participate – price is [...]

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ELKHART POLICE DEPARTMENT
CITIZENS ACADEMY
“Through Education Comes Empowerment”

The Elkhart Police Department, through its continued commitment to effective policing, has found that education is the most effective way of gaining understanding and support from the community. Through the implementation of the “Citizens Police Academy,” the Elkhart Police Department offers its citizens new insight as to how police officers and other city departments perform their duties pertaining to law enforcement. Additionally, we hope to enlighten the community as to the various problems we encounter while serving them.
The “Citizens Academy” is a ten (10) week program where citizens attend two and one half hour (2 ½) classes, one night each week. The classes are instructed by Elkhart Police Department personnel who have developed the curriculum which includes, but is not limited to, Narcotics Investigations, Special Response Team, Canine, Defensive Tactics, Professional Standards, Crime Scene Investigations, and the Emergency 911 Communications Center. During the academy, participants will receive information and demonstrations on how the different divisions of the police department work. At the end of the academy, participants are encouraged to participate in a Ride-Along with an on duty officer to see how everything they have learned can be applied.
It is not the intent of the “Citizens Academy” to recruit or guide individuals into a career of law enforcement. It is not the intent of the “Citizens Academy” to influence citizens to be pro-police, if their beliefs are otherwise. It is however, our intent to provide all attendees with basic information to increase their knowledge of how the police department operates on a daily basis. It is also our intent to educate, sometimes entertain and most importantly bring the citizens of our community closer together. With this simple philosophy, we hope to foster a better understanding and establish a friendship between the law enforcement community and the citizens we serve.
The “Citizens Academy” is scheduled for Tuesday nights from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM starting on March 12, 2019 going through May 21, 2019 (there will be no class on April 2, 2019 due to Spring Break). Anyone interested in participating in this educational experience must complete an application and release, which is available at the front desk of the Elkhart Police Department (175 Waterfall Drive, Elkhart, Indiana 46516). Application will be taken until March 6, 2019 and class size is limited to the first 18 approved applications.
Any questions can be directed to Lt. Travis Snider at 574-389-4733 or travis.snider@elkhartpolice.org.
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Have you heard a police officer use a code on the radio? Did you know what it meant? With so many different police codes, it almost becomes its own language. This week we want to discuss why so many codes start with "ten."

In the 1920s and 1930s, as more and more radios where being used, the first syllable or so of a conversation was often cut off. Microphones on these first radios needed a warm-up period. Saying "ten" before the numeric code ensured the mic was on and the message was delivered. While you probably know that 10-4 means acknowledged/ok/ copy, did you know that 10-1 means unable to copy/ weak signal? So if you didn't hear the message or your signal is weak, you would say 10-1. You could even follow that with 10-9 which means repeat or say again. #PoliceTalkTuesday
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3 days ago

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The news comes from local government and law enforcement. But what challenges do officials face in this era of misinformation?

Join us at the Elkhart Public Library for The Straight Story - Getting to the Bottom of Misinformation at 6:30pm this Wednesday, February 20th!

The panel will consist of Chief Chris Snyder of the Elkhart Police Department, Sheriff Jeff Siegel of the Elkhart County Sheriff's Office, Commissioner Mike Yoder of Elkhart County government, and communications coordinator Sharon Hernandez of The City of Goshen.

You can submit your questions for the panel here: buff.ly/2U2RxwE
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Got unused or expired prescription drugs? You can safely dispose of them by dropping them off at the MedReturn box in the lobby of the Elkhart Police Department, 175 Waterfall Drive, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily.

The drop box cannot accept syringes or liquids. For more information about the locations and what drugs can be disposed of, visit elkhartdrugfree.org.
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ICYMI: Mayor Neese has appointed former United States Attorney and U.S. Assistant Attorney General Deborah J. Daniels, Esq., to lead the assessment of the Elkhart Police Department. This review intends to reinforce public trust in the Police Department. Ms. Daniels will work in tandem with the Police Executive Research Forum to assess the current state of the Department and share best practices to create a roadmap for the future. "This is an opportunity to learn from other communities, and then help others to learn from us," Neese said, and we couldn't agree more. Chief Snyder commented, "This is a significant step forward for our Department, our City, and our community," We will continue to bring you updates as we commit to being honest and transparent with the community. ... See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago

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Cpl. Ballard stopped by the St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Elkhart this afternoon to make valentines with the kiddos there. Thank you, Cpl. Ballard, for all you do in the community!

We wish you all a very safe Valentine's Day!A special visitor stopped by today! Thank you Corporal Ballard for making our Valentine's Party special! Turning letters into animals, the kids LOVED it!
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What We Do

Great policing isn’t just about being tough on crime – it’s about forming relationships, building bridges, and forging bonds between our men and women in blue and our community. Along with keeping our streets safe, the Elkhart Police Department reaches out to those we wish to protect and serve with events like Night Out Against Crime, our yearly Safe Trunk or Treat, and Coffee With A Cop. We are always looking for ways to improve our relationship with the good men and women of our city to move forward toward our vision of a crime-free Elkhart.

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Open and honest communication is important to us. Comments and suggestions make the Elkhart Police Department better and allow us to serve our community in the best way possible. We also welcome questions you have about law enforcement.

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Ready To Make A Difference?

Modern day policing can be challenging, exciting, and fast-paced. It takes a person of upstanding character, a giving heart, and a strong commitment to the community to wear an Elkhart Police Department badge. Are you ready to protect and serve?

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WHAT WE DO

Great policing isn’t just about being tough on crime – it’s about forming relationships, building bridges, and forging bonds between our men and women in blue and our community. Along with keeping our streets safe, the Elkhart Police Department reaches out to those we wish to protect and serve with events like Night Out Against Crime, our yearly Safe Trunk or Treat, and Coffee With A Cop. We are always looking for ways to improve our relationship with the good men and women of our city to move forward toward our vision of a crime-free Elkhart.

Learn More

CONTACT US

FOR EMERGENCIES, DIAL 9-1-1

Open and honest communication is important to us. Comments and suggestions make the Elkhart Police Department better and allow us to serve our community in the best way possible. We also welcome questions you have about law enforcement.

Contact Us

READY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

Modern day policing can be challenging, exciting, and fast-paced. It takes a person of upstanding character, a giving heart, and a strong commitment to the community to wear an Elkhart Police Department badge. Are you ready to protect and serve?

Career Opportunities