Hammond Police Department

  • Agency: Hammond Police Department
  • Address: 509 Douglas St, Hammond, 46320 IN
  • Chief: Brian Miller (Chief of police)
Phone: 219-852-2900

Hammond Police Department is located at 509 Douglas St, Hammond, 46320 IN. The Chief of police of the department is Brian Miller. The Hammond Police Department phone number is 219-852-2900.

Hammond Police Department News

Hammond police have recovered property we believe belongs to unidentified victims of recent robberies. We are releasing the attached photos asking any recent victim of a robbery to contact Detective Sergeant Marc Ferry at 219-852-2991 if their stolen property is shown. Charges have been filed on one suspect, however, the investigation is on-going and additional charges could be filed if these victims can be reached. As always, thank you for your support! We can only do this one way, together.

............PLEASE SHARE....PLEASE SHARE....PLEASE SHARE All residents living in the area of The Harrison Park Crime Watch Group (roughly from Blaine/Lyman Ave to State Line and from 165th to Douglas St.) are invited to attend your Crime Watch meeting. Meetings are normally scheduled for the first Tuesday of each month. This months meeting was moved to Nov 13th, 2018 because of the election tomorrow. The meetings will resume the normal schedule in December 2018. Come out and meet your neighbors!! Talk about what's going on in your neighborhood... ask questions and get answers!!

The Hammond Police Department is investigating three robberies that occurred during the evening of November 2nd. The suspects in each of the incidents were similarly described as young, black males wearing dark clothing and ski masks. The suspects were in possession of firearms in each case but no shots were fired and no one was injured in any of the incidents. The first took place at approximately 7:00 pm when a 33-year-old female was parked in her driveway in the 7400 block of Monroe. Ave. The suspects approached her and demanded anything she had. The victim gave the suspects her purse and they fled the area on foot. The second and third robberies took place only 10 minutes apart at approximately 10:40 pm and 10:50 pm. The first took place in the 7400 block of Arizona when a 20-year-old female from Hobart was parked on the street and approached by the suspects with weapons. They demanded items and fled with her purse and cell phone. The last incident took place in the 6800 block of Parrish Ave. A 51-year-old female from Hammond was parked at her residence when the suspects came from around a house and robbed her. The suspects stole her purse, and cell phone, and the fled on foot. The investigations are on-going and residents are encouraged to call 911 if they observe any suspicious activity in their neighborhood. Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call Hammond Detective Sgt. Marc Ferry at (219) 852-2991.


On October 31st at approximately 10:25 PM, the Hammond Police Department responded to a robbery that took place at the Papa John's pizza located in the 7200 block of Indianapolis Boulevard. Officers arrived and spoke with witnesses on scene who stated that two suspects entered the business with firearms and demanded money. Both suspects are described as black males, 5'10" to 6' foot tall, slender build, and wearing masks. During the robbery, one of the victims, a 21-year-old male from Hammond, was shot in the head by one of the suspects. The victim was injured but is currently in a Chicago area hospital in stable condition. The suspects fled the restaurant on foot and Hammond police continue to check the area. The suspects have not been located at this time. The investigation is on-going and anyone with information is asked to call Hammond Police Detective Sergeant Jeffrey Ritter at 219-852-2990.

The Hammond Police Department and Hammond Neighborhood Crime Watch would like to recognize and thank Jim Veyette for his many years of service as president of Hammond City Wide Crime Watch group and leader of Harrison Park area crime watch group.

The Hammond Police Department invites YOU to join us for a "Coffee With A Cop" at Schoop's Hamburgers!! We will be there tomorrow, October 25th, from 5pm till 7pm!! This is not usual formal "meeting" with a schedule and an agenda. This is an opportunity to come in and sit down at a table with one or more of your own Hammond Police Officers and have a conversation over a cup of coffee. You can ask questions and get to know more about the individual officers or about the Hammond Police Department or just about what may be going on in your neighborhood. Most of the officers there will be the Community Affairs officers. Chief Doughty and Asst Chief Short are quite fond of these "gatherings" and usually one of them, if not both, will stop in and hang out with us if their schedules allow. Once again, we will be at Schoop's Hamburgers at 7235 Indianapolis Blvd, here in Hammond, from 5pm till 7pm. The Schoop's management has always been welcoming and have been excellent hosts in the past, making Schoop's one of our favorite places for "Coffe With a Cop". Come on out and join us... you'll be glad you did!! #YouMatter2Me SHARE * SHARE * SHARE * SHARE * SHARE

Hammond police are investigating what they "Believe to be an isolated incident that will not be repeated" stated Hammond Police Chief John Doughty. On October 22 at approximately 12:00 PM, the Hammond police department responded to a home in the 1700 block of Parkview in reference to a possible home invasion. Three people were occupying the residence at the time, a 17-year-old female, an 18-year-old male, and a 20-year-old female, all who reside at that location. This investigation is on-going and additional details may be released when available. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective Sergeant Steve Guernsey at 219-852-2978

Hope to see you Thursday.

Federal charges for the wire theft suspects. Jossean Manuel Echevarria and Diquan Nashawn Ray were charged with Interstate Transportation of Stolen Property in the recent thefts of copper wire from the area. According to documents in the case, Echevarria and Ray stole copper wire from Clayhole Woods, a Cook County Forest Preserve in Illinois. They then transported that copper wire across state lines into Indiana. Hammond Police stopped Echevarria and Ray in a vehicle in Hammond, Indiana and found them in possession of the copper wire from the forest preserve. This case was investigated by the Hammond Police Department, the FBI GRIT Task Force, the Lansing (Illinois) Police Department, and Cook County Sheriff’s Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang. The courts recently ordered the suspects detained in a detention hearing.

****PLEASE SHARE****PLEASE SHARE**** The Hammond Police Department is seeking to locate this reported runaway teen, Penny Edmonds, age 17, was last seen in Hammond, Indiana, on 10/14/18. She was last seen wearing a gray t-shirt, blue jeans and black shoes. If anyone has any information regarding her, please contact Detective Jenny Schutz 219-852-6381 or call 911.

We want to thank LMS for the visit and the gifts but we are MOST appreciative of the support and encouragement you shown to the Hammond Police Department! #YouMatter2Me

The Hammond Police Department is seeking information about two suspects accused of stealing two cases of monster energy drinks from the Luke Citgo station at 10770 Indianapolis Boulevard on September 9th, just after midnight. Below are still photos of the two suspects. Both suspects appear to be Hispanic adults, possibly age 30-40. The suspect with the baseball cap appeared younger. The other male had some gray hair on his head and facial hair. The males drove off in a gray, 4-door vehicle with Illinois plates. The suspect with the red cap and shorts displayed a small, black, automatic handgun. Anyone who knows the identity of these individuals, or has similar cases, is asked to contact Det. Sgt. John Suarez at (219)852-2981 or jsuarez@hammondpolice.com

Voting is now open for the Aftermath K9 Grant!! Please take a moment to place a vote for our own Hammond Police Department K9 Unit! Help our department earn one of eight grants totaling $16,500! Voting is easy – simply select our department, fill out your information, and click submit. If you’re looking to lend an extra paw, head on over to their Instagram page (@AftermathK9Grant), find the daily K9 Grant post, like it and write in "Hammond Police Department K9 Unit" in the comments to earn an additional vote. Rally your friends, family, and community to support your K9 unit and our lovable four-legged officers! Individuals may vote ONCE every 12 hours online and ONCE daily on Instagram for total of 3 votes every 24 hrs. Voting ends November 2nd. Please vote responsibly. VOTE****SHARE****VOTE****SHARE****VOTE

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Chief Doughty answers questions at the Mayor's Night Out Meeting tonight at Scott Middle School.

The Pullman-East Hammond Crime Watch meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of East month at the Ophelia Steen Center. The guest speakers at the October meeting were Officers Woods and Deboer, two of HPD's defensive tactics instructors. They discussed the Hammond Police Departments Defensive Tactics training program and gave those in attendance a brief overview of the Women's Defensive Tactics Classes that were conducted previously at the Hammond Civic Center, the Jean Shepherd Center and at the Hammond YMCA. Officers Deboer and Woods also gave performed and narrated a short demonstration of some of the physical aspects of the Women's Defensive Tactics class, stressing that the class was not designed to teach or encourage anyone to START a fight. The instructors stressed the mindset of "Don't Be A Victim!" and encouraged women to be mindful of their surroundings and to carry themselves in a way that let's people around them know that they are not the type of person to meekly surrender if accosted. Give people the impression that you are willing to do whatever it takes to protect yourself and survive and you are NOT going to be an easy target. The actual class includes physical tactics designed for just about any woman, regardless of your age or conditioning. They try to keep the movements as simple as possible and base them on instinctive reactions so that anyone can participate. Follow the Hammond Indiana Police Department Facebook Page for announcements of future Defensive Tactics For Women classes! If you live in the East Hammond area, remember to join us at our monthly Crime Watch Meetings every third Tuesday of the month at the Ophelia Steen Center at 5927 Columbia Ave in Hammond! #YouMatter2Me

Come out to the Fast Dog Fall Festival, hosted by the Hobart Police Department K9 Unit. Have some fun and support K9 Units from all over the Lake County Area!! Our own Hammond K9 Unit will be represented!! Dont forget to check out the link below and Vote for your Hammond K9 Unit!! Help us win an Aftermath K9 Grant!! Voting starts on Oct 16th 2018!! https://www.aftermath.com/k9-grant/

A reminder to stay safe! The Hammond Police Department would like to remind the public that we are set up to keep your local purchases safe! The modern approach to buying and selling on sites such as OfferUp, Facebook, Craigslist, and others, is a great way to give and receive value for local items bought and sold. However, there is a safe way to conduct the interactions. Hammond Police have received multiple reports since the beginning of this trend that have resulted in the theft of items or money from innocent parties. The most recent occurred on October 2nd when a 36-year-old Hammond resident attempted to sell his iPhone and meet the purchaser in the Dunkin Donuts parking lot in South Hammond. After a few minutes of discussion, the suspect grabbed the phone from the victim and ran. "The majority of these interactions go smoothly but you can never be sure." said Hammond Police Chief John Doughty. "That is why we have designated parking area in our parking lot. This lot here at 509 Douglas street is under 24 hour video surveillance and surrounded by police 24 hours a day. The OfferUp sign designates where to park on the east side of the building. If your purchaser or seller is not willing to meet here, there may be a reason. Stay safe and find someone else for that sale." Hammond police are also doing everything they can to catch these criminals in the act. On September 22, a Michigan resident received a check for the sale of his 2015 Chevy Equinox. After the vehicle was given to the purchaser, the owner learned that the check was fraudulent. The owner reported his vehicle stolen, and noticed days later that his vehicle appeared for sale back on Craigslist. He notified police and Hammond Police Detectives, along with Calumet City detectives, and the FBI, set up an undercover operation to "buy" back the vehicle. The meeting area was set in Hammond and with all officers in place, the stolen vehicle arrived driven by two males. One suspect was immediately arrested on scene when the police approached the vehicle. One suspect fled on foot. Hammond police officer Lindsey Fritz saw the suspect and chased him on foot until he was apprehended by Hammond police officer David Hornyak. The arrest took place without incident and two criminals were removed from the streets. 29-year-old Darius Devon Love from Calumet City was arrested and charged with Auto Theft and Resisting Law-Enforcement. This operation was successful, and these operations will continue as long as criminals attempt crimes in Hammond. However, the safest way to avoid becoming a victim is to conduct your transaction under video surveillance in the Hammond Police Department parking lot. It is available 24 hours a day and there to promote safe and secure transactions. We hope this will reduce the risk of fraud or theft that can sometimes accompany these transactions.

The Calumet Avenue overpass, between Sibley and Michigan, will be completely closed on October 12-13 and October 19-20 as they pour concrete on the bridge. The plan is to have both sides of traffic open during the winter months before construction on the east side of the bridge continues in the spring.