Dyer’s emergency services – both Police and Fire Departments – continue to provide safety and security for residents and businesses in the town.
The Dyer Police Department began with the incorporation of the Town of Dyer in 1910, when at a Town Marshall System was implemented. Marshals were appointed by the Town Board and served at the discretion of the Town Board. The Town Marshal System was in place until May of 1971 when Dyer residents voted in favor of the formation of a Metropolitan Police Commission.
Today, the Dyer Police Department is headed by Chief David Hein and has 26 full time sworn officers. Also serving the department as civilian employees are four full time radio operators, one part time radio operator, three full time clerical employees and four school crossing guards.
The Dyer Police Department is located within the Dyer Emergency Services Building at 2150 Hart St. It has been at its present location since the building was constructed in 2002. The department serves the incorporated area of Dyer, which covers approximately 6.7 square miles and has approximately 45 miles of streets to cover, and its 16,00 residents.
Animal Control is one of the services provided by the Dyer Police Department. Rene Walker is the town’s Animal Control Officer. To contact Walker, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Officer Jerry Patrick is the D.A.R.E. Officer who serves as a liaison with the schools located in Dyer. He also provides programs on bike safety.
In an emergency, call 911. The Police Department’s non-emergency phone number is (219) 865-1163.
Also located at 2150 Hart St., the Dyer Volunteer Fire Department has two fire stations and is led by Fire Chief Thad Stutler and Assistant Fire Chief Bob Bonin. The public department has 35 members who are paid on-call status and provide fire, medical and rescue services.
The Dyer Fire Department also has a long tradition of serving the municipality. It was organized in 1915 and began with a two wheeled hose cart which was purchased for $55.00. It was designed to hold 100 ft. of hose and it took four or five men to pull it. The hose cart for that original fire equipment is on display at the Dyer Historical Society at Town Hall.
The department has come a long way since 1915. Today the Dyer Fire Department has 15 pieces of equipment that includes a 105 ft. Aerial Tower and light and heavy rescue trucks to two 1500 G.P.M. pumpers. The 1939 Seagraves Pumper has also been restored to its original condition.
For a fire, medical or rescue emergency, dial 911. The non-emergency phone number for the Dyer Fire Department is (219) 865 -4226.