Chesterton Tribune

Patrols make beaches safer, State Police say

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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.”


Posted 7/23/2012