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GUEST COMMENTARY: Militarization of police departments is alarming

GUEST COMMENTARY: Militarization of police departments is alarming

Events in Ferguson, Mo., have tragically but necessarily touched off much needed debates about racial injustice, police tactics and the increasing militarization of local police departments.

August 20, 2014 12:00 am

Munster police receive armored vehicle for SWAT efforts

MUNSTER | The Munster Police Department has its own armored personnel carrier, free of charge, to bolster a joint SWAT effort with a neighboring department.

August 14, 2014 3:06 pm
Man in custody after standoff in East Chicago

Man in custody after standoff in East Chicago

EAST CHICAGO | A 25-year-old man who poured gasoline in his home and threatened to shoot police if they entered was arrested Monday night after a three-hour standoff with authorities in East Chicago.

July 21, 2014 9:45 pm Photos

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Securely transported students

Securely transported students

Mathew Newton, 6, is in awe as he was one of the first kids loaded into the Northwest Regional SWAT team's Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle Monday morning in Dyer. He and other students were taken to school in the vehicle after winning the silent auction prize at one of the SWAT team'…

March 10, 2014 12:44 pm
Securely transported students

Securely transported students

Members of the Northwest Regional SWAT team help unload students out of the unit's Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle Monday at Birch Elementary. Children were taken to school in the vehicle for a silent auction prize at a recent SWAT unit fundraiser. They were picked up at an address i…

March 10, 2014 12:44 pm
Portage man arrested for firing gun outside his home

Portage man arrested for firing gun outside his home

PORTAGE | An 18-year-old Portage man was arrested Tuesday night after he fired several gunshots near his home.

January 08, 2014 11:05 am

Military surplus vehicle has been put to use already

Stephen Ray questioned the use of the newly acquired MRAP by the Northwest Regional SWAT Team. His statement regarding its response to an active shooter situation is accurate. Active shooter situations are normally over by the time police, including SWAT, arrive.

November 21, 2013 12:00 am

Man arrested after firing shots inside mobile home

PORTAGE | A Portage man was arrested late Friday night after police said he fired a gun several times inside his mobile home.

September 23, 2013 5:30 pm

Portage SWAT team activated in arrest

PORTAGE | The Portage Police Department forcibly entered a home at 5865 Carnation St. Tuesday afternoon to serve a warrant for alleged drug dealing.

July 24, 2013 11:55 am
Valpo Police Department gets two new high-tech rifles

Valpo Police Department gets two new high-tech rifles

VALPARAISO | Two high tech rifles, described by Police Chief Mike Brickner as the "weapon of choice in an active-shooter situation," were donated to the city's Police Department on Tuesday.

June 04, 2013 4:27 pm Photos

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Gary SWAT standoff prompted chase leading to IUN officer crash

Gary SWAT standoff prompted chase leading to IUN officer crash

GARY | A Monday afternoon chase of a man wanted on warrant in two counties led to a standoff with Gary SWAT teams and a crash involving an Indiana University Northwest squad car that sent an officer to the hospital.

April 30, 2013 6:56 pm Photos

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Portage police arrest four during drug raid

Portage police arrest four during drug raid

PORTAGE | A SWAT team arrested four people Wednesday night on drug charges during a raid at a Portage home.

January 31, 2013 1:30 pm Photos

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C.P., county police converge on Liberty Park subdivision

C.P., county police converge on Liberty Park subdivision

Crown Point and Lake County police respond to a scene Tuesday at Maple Street and Oak Street in the Liberty Park subdivision. Crown Point police did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment on why they were in the area.

December 25, 2012 9:57 pm
C.P., county police converge on Liberty Park subdivision

C.P., county police converge on Liberty Park subdivision

The Northwest Regional SWAT team stages at the Walgreens off Main Street in Crown Point. Police restricted access about 8:30 p.m. to a nearby area at Maple and Oak streets, according to reports.

December 25, 2012 9:57 pm
Griffith police punctuate message to dealers with drug raid

Griffith police punctuate message to dealers with drug raid

GRIFFITH | Griffith's interim police chief sent a message as loud as a flashbang grenade early Thursday to drug dealers he believes are using his town as a "safe haven" for their illegal trade.

December 13, 2012 6:10 pm Photos

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Griffith police punctuate message to dealers with drug raid

Griffith police punctuate message to dealers with drug raid

Griffith police and members of the Northwest Regional SWAT team arrest Carcitia "CC" Promise early Thursday during a drug raid at her Griffith apartment. Interim Chief Matthew Moore said the raid was only the beginning of long-overdue operations to go after drug dealers plying their trade in…

December 13, 2012 8:59 am
Griffith police punctuate message to dealers with drug raid

Griffith police punctuate message to dealers with drug raid

Griffith police and members of the Northwest Regional SWAT team exit the apartment of Carcitia "CC" Promise, whom they arrested on felony marijuana dealing charges. The raid is just the start of more police operations targeting drugs in Griffith, said Interim Police Chief Matthew Moore.

December 13, 2012 8:59 am
Griffith police punctuate message to dealers with drug raid

Griffith police punctuate message to dealers with drug raid

Griffith police Sgt. Jeff Gang escorts Carcitia "CC" Promise to a squad car early Thursday after her arrest during a raid at her Bristol Court apartment.

December 13, 2012 9:00 am
Griffith police punctuate message to dealers with drug raid

Griffith police punctuate message to dealers with drug raid

Griffith police prepare an evidence bag after a raid early Thursday at a Bristol Court apartment. Officers seized marijuana, an undisclosed amount of cash, drug paraphernalia, drug packaging material and scales used for weighing the drug, police said.

December 13, 2012 9:00 am
Griffith police punctuate message to dealers with drug raid

Griffith police punctuate message to dealers with drug raid

Griffith police Detective Greg Mance escorts Geneva Coleman to a squad car after her arrest during an early morning raid Thursday at an apartment in Griffith. Coleman was arrested on a felony charge of maintaining a public nuisance.

December 13, 2012 9:00 am
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