Uniform Division

Dedicated to the safety and service of all citizens and visitors to Michigan City, the officers and civilian staff of the Michigan City Police Department Uniform Division are lead by Chief of Operations. The Uniform Division is the "back bone" of the Department and the largest Division within the MCPD, often serving as the public’s first point of contact.

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  • Patrol Shift 1  -  6:30 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Patrol Shift 2  -  2:30 PM - 10:30 PM
  • Patrol Shift 3  -  10:30 PM - 6:30 AM

The uniformed Patrol Division is the most highly visible component of the Department. Working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the Patrol Division represents the bulk of the Department's staffing and is responsible for the majority of police services rendered by the Department. It is composed of uniformed police officers assigned to motor vehicle or foot patrol in designated areas (beats). 

The objectives of the Patrol Division are to effectively patrol the city and execute the responsibilities of the Department through preventive patrol and active enforcement of the law; perform a variety of diverse services, including enforcement, general assistance, emergency assistance, public information and directions, alleviating public hazards; and to assist, serve and protect the community.

Citizens can assist the Patrol Division anonymously at any time by calling the Crime Tip Hotline at (219) 873-1488.

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The Traffic Division concentrates its efforts on enforcement in high traffic areas, in areas where traffic complaints are received, and in identified locations where collisions are likely to occur. They accomplish this by speed enforcement, videotaping intersections, patrolling for aggressive drivers, and other various enforcement initiatives. A primary goal for the Traffic Division is the efficient and effective movement of traffic on our roadways.

Citizens can assist the Traffic Division anonymously at any time by calling the Crime Tip Hotline at (219) 873-1488.

SWAT Chest BadgeS.W.A.T. - Special Weapons And Tactics

The Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) Unit of the Michigan City Police Department is an elite team of officers from various units within the Department who volunteer to serve as S.W.A.T. team members while also performing regular duties in other Divisions. Our S.W.A.T. officers are specially trained to perform high-risk operations that fall outside of the abilities of regular officers. Team members are required to be on an on-call status and need to be ready to go at a moments notice. S.W.A.T.’s primary function is addressing special threat situations including serving high-risk search and arrest warrants, barricaded suspects, hostage rescue, counter-terrorism, and engaging heavily-armed criminals. In addition, the S.W.A.T. Team provides support for the Street Crimes Unit (Narcotics) operations requiring suspect takedowns, arrests and large scale arrest sweeps.

MCPD Scuba PatchS.C.U.B.A Team - Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus

Serving as the elite unit for public safety and rescue on the City's waters, the Michigan City Police Department's S.C.U.B.A. Team is able to respond to boat accidents, accidental drownings, flood emergencies, swift water rescues and a multitude of other water related emergencies. The S.C.U.B.A. Team also conducts underwater crime scene investigations and evidence recovery.  

Honor Guard - "For those who went before"

When called upon, the Michigan City Police Department Honor Guard serves as a tribute to sworn personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The team also pays tribute to deceased active and retired personnel. Tributes include; serving as pallbearers, rifle bearers, and presenting national, State, and ISP colors. The team also participates in conferences, parades, police memorials, and honor guard competitions. 

Members of the team wear special Honor Guard uniforms for distinction. They are physically fit, possess impeccable uniform standards, are in good standing with the Department, have a willingness to perform close quarter drill and ceremony, and appreciate the meaning of Integrity, Service and Pride.

Requests for MCPD Honor Guard services should be made to Chief of Operations Dave Cooney.