What's Happening at The Porter County Sheriff's
Shots in Patrol Cars
Jon L. Hendricks | The Times A repeat offenders mug shot
is brought up on Porter County Sheriff's Officer
Van Kley's vehicle laptop Wednesday. Officers now have
the capability to see pictures of
their mobile information system called Tiburon.
Officers in cars can view jail mug shots
By Ken Kosky
Thursday, March 12, 2009
VALPARAISO | If Porter County Sheriff's Department
Officer Kevin Van Kley is out patrolling and needs an
offender's jail mug shot, he doesn't need to drive back
to the police station to pick up one.
Van Kley and the rest of the county officers are now
able to use their in-car laptop computers to access the
entire collection of mug shots taken at the Porter
"It makes our job more efficient and makes us better
equipped as police officers," Van Kley said.
Lt. Chris Eckert, department spokesman, said the new
capability will benefit officers who are asked to serve
an arrest warrant or locate an escapee. The safety of
officers will improve because officers will know what
the person they are seeking looks like.
Eckert said officers will also benefit any time they
encounter a person who they believe is lying about their
identity. Officers can pull up not only jail mug shots,
but also pictures of offenders' tattoos and scars. This
could prevent people from successfully pretending to be
their sibling or friend, Eckert noted.
"It's another tool for officer safety and public
safety," he said.
The officers will only have access to photographs of
people who have been booked into Porter County Jail.
People's driver's license photos can't currently be
accessed via in-car computers, Eckert said.
Jon L. Hendricks | Times
Porter County Sheriff's
Officer Kevin Van Kley calls in a traffic stop