On Sunday afternoon, officers from multiple agencies participated in an
effort to make local beaches in Porter and LaPorte counties safer, the
Indiana State Police said this morning.
Thirty plain clothes officers from the Department of Natural Resources,
Indiana State Excise Police, Michigan City Police, Long Beach Police,
LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department DUI Task Force (funded by the Criminal
Justice Institute) and the Indiana State Police hit the local beaches
looking for alcohol and drug violations.
For a six-hour period, the officers utilized a boat that patrolled the Lake
Michigan Shoreline, All Terrain Vehicles (ATV), foot patrols and a roving
marked police car at the Indiana Dunes State Park in Porter County,
Washington Park and Long Beach in LaPorte County. Nineteen citations were
issued for various alcohol related offenses (majority for possession of
alcohol), one drug paraphernalia arrest, four seat belt arrests, three child
restraint arrests, one driving while suspended, one carrying a handgun
without a permit and six traffic warnings, ISP said.
ISP Lieutenant Dave Kirkham, Criminal Investigation Division Area 1
Commander stated, “There are more planned efforts to participate in another
joint beach operation this year. This operation is a great way for all
departments to utilize combined manpower, resources and equipment to make
our beaches a safer environment for all to enjoy.”