City of Portage, Indiana

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


Patrol Division

The Portage Police Department Patrol Division is under the direction of Captain Mike Candiano.

About the Patrol Division

  • Patrol Division is comprised of four turns. 1 with 14 officers and three turns of 10 officers.  Each individual turn is comprised of the following supervisors: Lieutenant, Sergeant and Corporal. 
  • Patrol Division's primary responsibility is to respond to all calls for service, conduct preliminary investigations of reported crimes, maintain order and enforce criminal traffic laws.
  • The City of Portage is divided into four zones which are patrolled by the assigned units. The zone boundaries are as follows:
    Zone No. 1: Conrail tracks north to Lake Michigan
    Zone No. 2: Willowcreek Road east to Portage city limits
    Zone No. 3: Willowcreek Road west to Portage city limits
    Zone No. 4: Prairie Duneland Trail south to Portage city limits
  • Patrol Division has and is developing areas of specialization to better serve the citizens of Portage, including:

Special Weapons and Tactics

The primary mission of the Portage Police department SWAT team is to save lives. The team was founded in 1996 to provide a highly trained, equipped and disciplined team of police officers and paramedics capable of quickly and safely managing potentially volatile situations. The teams' high degree of versatility and specialized training allow it to be utilized in numerous Law Enforcement functions. The team responds to a wide variety of situations, such as hostage rescue, barricaded subject, felons, mental subjects, high-risk warrants, raids, crowd control and operations designated by the chief of police. The team is on call 24 hours a day and responds immediately to calls for service. The team consists of twenty members, divided into two squads. Each squad has police and firefighter/paramedic members. The members are all volunteer and are assigned to other duties in the police and fire departments.  

Canine Units

The Portage Police Canine Units are dual-purpose dogs trained in handler protection, obedience, building searches, tracking and narcotics detection. Since the establishment of our canine program, the teams have been involved in several narcotic-related arrests. The largest amount of narcotics found by a team was thirty-six pounds of marijuana located in a garage during a search warrant. Additionally, the teams are regularly used to apprehend fleeing suspects. Besides working the street patrol, the canine teams perform public demonstrations for schools and other community organizations.

Accident Reconstruction

This team actively investigates any fatal and serious bodily injury vehicle crashes within the city. The team utilizes several computer and electronic devices to assist them in reconstructing accident scenes.

Arson Team

Works with the Fire Department to investigate any determined arsons within the city.

Less Than Lethal Equipment

The Portage police department has invested time and money into less than lethal devices to help us in apprehending violent and suicidal suspects. These tools are Taser stun guns, shotgun bean bag rounds, tear gas, and pepper spray. We use these tools to take suspects into custody with minimal injury to suspects.

Requirements to Become a Portage Police Officer 

  • Must be a US citizen.
  • Must be 21 years of age but not older than 36 years of age by date of hire. 
    • For Veterans of the armed forces, who served at least 20 years, you cannot be older than 40 years and 6 months of age by the time of hire. Additionally, the City of Portage has a Veteran's hiring preference policy.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license.
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • No felony or domestic battery convictions.
  • Must have weight in proportion to height.
  • Must pass a written examination, physical standards test, memory test, medical examination, drug screen, and psychological examination.
  • Must submit to a polygraph or voice stress analysis examination.
  • Must submit to a background investigation.
  • Must submit to an oral interview.
  • Must successfully complete basic instruction at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.

Physical Agility Testing Requirements

Each test is scored separately and you must meet the standards on each and every test.  Testing will be conducted in the following order:

Vertical Jump

The Vertical Jump test measures leg power and how high the applicant can jump.  Each applicant will stand with one side towards a wall and will reach up and mark a position on a wall, which is his/her highest standard reach.  The applicant will then jump as high as possible from a stationary stance.  The applicant can pump his/her arms and thrust themselves upward.  The test is scored to the nearest one-half inch above the standard reach mark.  The best of three trials will be the recorded score.  The minimum standard is 16 inches.

One Minute Sit Up

The One Minute Sit Up test measures abdominal and trunk muscular endurance.  While the applicant is lying on his/her back, they will be given one (1) minute to do as many bent leg sit-ups as they can.  The minimum standard for this test is twenty-nine (29) sit-ups within one minute.

Push-Up Test

The Push-up test measures the endurance of the applicant's upper body.  The test consists of doing as many push-ups as possible until muscle failure.  The minimum standard for this test is 25 push-ups.

300 Meter Run

The 300 Meter Run measures anaerobic power.  The applicant will sprint 300 meters as fast as possible.  The minimum standard is seventy-one (71) seconds for this test.

1.5 Mile Run

The one and one half mile run is a measure of cardiovascular endurance.  The objective is to cover the distance as fast as possible.  Each applicant will be required to run/walk a distance of one and one-half miles and must be done in no more than 16:28 (sixteen minutes and twenty eight seconds).

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Portage, IN 46368
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