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FIGHTING CRIME IN HIGHLAND
Highland’s Police Department is made up of sworn officers and civilian personnel who work each day to protect the safety and well-being of the community.
The sworn staff is divided into officers who patrol the streets and neighborhoods to prevent crime as well as apprehend those who have already committed one and detectives who investigate, gathering facts and data to solve and prosecute criminals.
In addition, several Highland officers – both patrol officers and detectives – participate in task forces that combine the expertise of officers from departments around the region to combat specific types of crime that are considered more regional or global in nature.
Ongoing initiatives include:
THE STOP TEAM: Armed with the knowledge that criminals ignore geo-political boundaries, local police departments are working with East Chicago, Gary and Hammond to combat crime at its source.
REGIONAL DOMESTIC HIGHWAY ENFORCEMENT TEAM: Officers from Highland, Hobart and Crown Point are working with Indiana State Police to augment patrols on the highways that crisscross the region. The initiative has been successful in taking a significant amount of drugs and guns off the streets.
“We feel fortunate that the Indiana State Police chose our department to participate in this
initiative,” Police Chief Pete Hojnicki said. “The participation of Highland officers has increased our staffing levels on the streets at key times at no additional cost to our residents.”
TACTICAL UNIT: The Highland Police Department has assigned two Investigators to proactively work special assignments that target criminal offenders known to be associated with the gang and drug trade, violent criminal offenders, and those criminal activities that affect our quality of life.
Plain clothes, unmarked cars, the use of undercover officers and informants, and working with other tactical or special units across Northwest Indiana and Southwest, Chicago and its suburbs are the norm. This highly energetic unit also assists on special events, warrant services, interdiction, and works hand-in-hand with our Patrol Officers as the need arises.
REGIONAL CRIME MAP
Highland Police are partnering with the region's leading newspaper, The Times, in their latest initiative to identify crimes where they occur.
The Times and its Regional Crime Maps project shares information with the public that is provided by local law enforcement. This allows anyone to see at a glance what crimes are occurring – and where.
In addition to Highland, law enforcement sharing information with The Times includes: East Chicago, Gary, Griffith, Michigan City, Munster, Portage, Schererville, St. John and Valparaiso.
Crimes are viewable by type – i.e. murder, armed robbery, auto theft – and by community, as well as by block and neighborhood within cities and towns in the region.
Highland Police Department
3315 Ridge Road
Highland, IN 46322
Fax: (219) 972-5095