What's Happening at The Porter County Sheriff's
Substation In Shorewood
Police to open Shorewood substation
Public invited to Saturday's grand opening
BY KEN KOSKY
Date posted online:
Thursday, June 21, 2007
SHOREWOOD FOREST | The Porter County Sheriff's Department will open a substation
in Shorewood Forest in Union Township.
The grand opening of the office -- in the utilities building on Utility Drive,
east of Shorewood Drive -- is set for 9 a.m. Saturday. The public is invited to
tour the building and meet Sheriff David Lain, other police officials and
members of the Shorewood Homeowners Association.
Lain said homeowners association members always have been vigilant about
reporting traffic problems and other public safety concerns. A few months ago,
they approached police about donating some office space if police were
interested in having a greater presence in the community.
Lain said police benefit from having substations because they don't
have to drive back to the main headquarters in Valparaiso to do things like fax
documents or transfer arrested juveniles to their parents. Police also can store
bicycles at their substations to make it easier to conduct bicycle patrols in
those communities. That allows officers to have an increased presence there.
"They (Shorewood) very generously offered to provide us space and renovate an
area for our exclusive use," Lain said, adding police will not be charged rent.
"It's an investment to the community and they (the homeowners association)
responded to the needs and desires of their constituency." This substation
primarily will benefit Union and Porter townships, Lain said. The department
already maintains a substation in South Haven.