City of Portage, Indiana

We are a community of hard working people with a commitment to keeping our city safe, clean, and prosperous.


Police Department


Mission Statement

The Portage Police Department is dedicated to working with all of its citizens in fighting crime, defending human rights, protecting life and property, and making our community safe for all.  The public and visitors alike will find our officers to be courteous, dedicated professionals willing to help in any way they can. 

The Portage Police Department was established in 1959 with five original officers and was located at 5770 Central Ave. The Portage Police Department moved to 2693 Irving Street in 1967, and finally moved to its current location at 6260 Central Ave. 
The Portage Police Department is comprised of 67 full-time officers, 8 clerical staff members, animal control and code enforcement.  In addition, we have the following special units and assignments: 
  • Swat
  • K9
  • Crash Team
  • Porter County MEG
  • Porter County Interdiction Team

Current Police Staff

  • Chief of Police – Michael Candiano                           
  • Assistant Chief of Police – Ted Uzelac                      
  • Detective Major – Joseph Reynolds                          
  • Captain of Administrative Services - Keith Hughes  
  • Patrol Captain - Mark Monks                                    
  • Captain of Support Services- Scott Harmeling        
  • Public Information Officer - Sgt. James Maynard                                                      

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Porter County Sex Offender Registry 

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Contact Us

Mike Candiano,
Police Chief

6260 Central Ave
Portage, IN 46368
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  • Phone: (219) 762-3122
  • Fax: (219) 763-6531
  • Staff Directory
  • Office Hours:
    Clerical Hours: Mon-Fri 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Closed Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays

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