Hobart Police Department

  • Agency: Hobart Police Department
  • Address: 705 E 4th St, Hobart, 46342 IN
  • Chief: Robert Paulson (Chief of police)
Phone: 219-942-1125
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Hobart Police Department is located at 705 E 4th St, Hobart, 46342 IN. The Chief of police of the department is Robert Paulson. The Hobart Police Department phone number is 219-942-1125.

Hobart Police Department News

The 290th edition of the Hobart Police Department Newsletter is now available for viewing. Don't forget to set your clocks back 1 hour before going to bed tonight. Thank you for your support.

Stop Arm Violation Campaign We are providing local school bus drivers with a new form for reporting violations. We cover 3 school districts, and all will be asked to participate. If they see a violation, they can record a plate number and vehicle description and location on the form. This information will be forwarded to SRO’s and patrol officers to investigate to file charges on the offense. The officers can list the driver as a truthful and credible witness and the law puts the burden of proof on the registered owner to prove it was not them driving the vehicle. Second, we will put police officers on random buses that are experiencing the most violations. Officers will relay vehicle and plate information to area patrol cars to stop and cite the drivers when violations occur. We will do this because we understand that the bus drivers’ job is difficult enough to have the focus and timing to get a plate number. Finally, we will focus patrols on areas of repeated violations as reported by the bus drivers. They are the local experts on where these things happen. We already frequently stage officers in areas of complaints from the general public. The problem, at times, is that the violation in that area is so infrequent that the opportunities for enforcement are difficult. In addition, our patrol officers handle 30,000+ Calls for Service a year. Being in the right place to catch these violations can be a challenge. Bus driver reporting should collect information on 99% or greater of the actual violations. Our efforts on the bus or watching the routes should do the rest. Our goal is voluntary compliance but we will not hesitate to stop you, and take the necessary action to keep the buses safe. IC 9-21-12-1 Arm signal device; duty to obey; presumption Sec. 1. (a) A person who drives a vehicle that: (1) meets or overtakes from any direction a school bus stopped on a roadway and is not stopped before reaching the school bus when the arm signal device specified in IC 9-21-12-13 is in the device's extended position; or (2) proceeds before the arm signal device is no longer extended; commits a Class A infraction. (c) There is a rebuttable presumption that the owner of the vehicle involved in the violation of this section committed the violation. This presumption does not apply to the owner of a vehicle involved in the violation of this section if the owner routinely engages in the business of renting the vehicle for periods of thirty (30) days or less. (b) A person who operates a vehicle and who recklessly passes a school bus stopped on a roadway when the arm signal device specified in IC 9-21-12-13 is in the device's extended position commits a Class B misdemeanor. However, the offense is a Class A misdemeanor if it causes bodily injury to a person. I think most people would agree that the penalty for Violating a Stop Arm should be greater but we are going to step up our efforts at enforcement and let the legislature worry about the law. In this effort, we will take a multi-step approach to enforcement, which will have zero tolerance. Chief Richard Zormier

Many of our fine officers are participating in our "Grizzly Winter Event." During the winter, Hobart officers are allowed to grow beards and goatees as long they make a donation. The picture below is of last years donations being presented to the The Humane Society of Hobart, Inc. at the fast dog competition. So if you see a Hobart Officer with a Beard, know he is doing it for a good cause!

On Friday, October 26, 2018 @ approximately 2:43 PM Hobart Police responded to the 700 block of North Hobart Road in reference to a Hit and Run that had just occurred. Upon arrival, the officer met with the victim, who stated that as she was traveling through the parking lot. The victim reported a light blue/ gray vehicle was backing out of a parking space and struck her vehicle, which caused damage to her vehicle. The victim reported the suspect drove off and traveled east bound onto 37th Avenue. The responding officer subsequently viewed surveillance images from inside of the business adjacent to the parking lot, which showed the suspect shown in the surveillance image making a transaction, then he exits the store and he enters the vehicle. The officer reported that she viewed the suspect backing out of the parking space, strike the victim's vehicle and then leave the scene. The Hobart Police Department is asking for the public's assistance with identifying the suspect shown in the surveillance image. Anyone with any information on the suspect's identity can contact Captain James M. Gonzales by e-mail @ jgonzales@cityofhobart.org or by telephone @ 219-942-4405. v/r Captain James M. Gonzales

On Friday, October 26, 2018, Hobart Police Responded to the 2600 block of East 81st Avenue in reference to a theft that had occurred. The officer arrived and the asset protection officer explained to the officer that he had been reviewing surveillance footage from the prior evening, October 25, 2018 @ approximately 9:40 PM, when he noticed the subject shown in the surveillance image enter the store. The suspect walked to the electronics department and selected 3 items, removed the security devices and exited the store with the items. The suspect was seen getting into a silver colored vehicle and leaving the store. The suspect is suspected in other thefts from the same stores in other municipalities. The Hobart Police is asking for assistance from the public with identifying the suspect shown in surveillance images. Anyone with information can contact Captain James M. Gonzales by e-mail at jgonzales@cityofhobart.org or by telephone @ 219-942-4405 Captain James M. Gonzales

Come visit Hobart K-9 Scout at Southlake Mall. He will be handing out candy tonight.

Hobart Trick or Treating hours are 5-7 PM. Please be safe and drivers stay extra vigilant for kids walking. The Hobart Police will also be handing out glow sticks and candy. Have a fun and safe Halloween!

Thanks to everybody who joined us for pumpkins in the park today! We had a blast!

After 23 years of service it's official, Corporal Corey Hanrahan is retiring from the Hobart Police Department. It has been a complete pleasure working with you. Godspeed brother.

The Hobart Police Department Bi-Weekly newsletter is now available for viewing. Thank you for your Support!

On October 12th, 2018 at approximately 9:52pm Officers responded to a hit and run involving a pedestrian. The victim stated he was in the vehicle with his friends, when a male subject driving a yellow Chevrolet S10 with black rims, began yelling at them. The victim advised he went inside the McDonalds to order food and after he exited the store he was confronted by the unknown male again in the parking lot. While standing in front of the Chevrolet S10 the driver purposely accelerated the vehicle and struck him. The victim advised he rolled over the hood of the vehicle and landed on the ground. The pickup truck, which had an Indiana temporary tag, is then seen fleeing south bound on N Hobart Rd where witnesses lost sight of it. Photos from the surveillance have been provided and anyone with information can contact the detective bureau at 219-942-1125.

The Hobart Police Department would like to welcome it’s newest reserve officer. Jordan Chontos was sworn in this week. He has completed his pre-basic training and will now begin his field training stage.

We had a great turnout for annual breakfast at the Maria Reiner Senior Center, selling over 100 meals. All proceeds go back to the Center, for funding programs. We would also like to thank Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Starbucks on US 6 in Portage for their generous donations.

We would like to thank everybody who voted for Cpl. Pochron for the prince at the Fair Haven Center Fairy Tale Ball. Cpl. Pochron was crowned the prince and all the officers had a great night! Thanks to all the officers from NWI who made the night special for these girls.

Officers Meier, Teer and Janda doing pickups for the Kiwanis International Hobart Food Drive. Thanks to those who donated!

Don't forget to stop by the Brickie Bowl today between 11AM and 3PM for the Fast Dog Festival. K-9's from several area police departments will be there.

Today is the last day for voting and the race is neck and neck. Vote for Cpl. Timothy Pochron, for the Prince in Blue at the Fair Haven Center Fairy Tale Ball. Sorry Officer Stutler, the odds look a little imporbable.

Suspect from Wal-Mart Shooting In-custody. Alex Cordell Hughes was taken into custody this afternoon at the 3600 block of Monroe Street in Gary, IN, by Gary Police SWAT, FBI Violent Gang Task Force and Indiana State Police. Hughes was found hiding underneath a car.

On Wednesday, September 26, 2018, Hobart Police responded to 200 South County Line Road in reference to a theft of a commercial grade meat smoke/ grill. The officer arrived on scene and spoke to the victim, who told the officer that she and her husband own a business named "Scooters", which they prepare food at the Orchard during the orchard season. She stated that on Sunday, September 23, 2018 was the last time she had seen the meat smoker/ grill, which they had locked it and secured it, before they left for the day. The officer later observed a lock near where the meat smoker/ grill had been parked and it appeared to have been cut. Ms. Holloway stated that she and her husband rely heavily on the meat smoker/ grill to make ends meat and this is a great loss to them, because the meat smoker/ grill was valued at approximately $7000.00 dollars. She stated for now, someone is allowing them to borrow a meat smoker/ grill, until the orchard season is complete, so they can fulfill their commitment. Ms. Holloway stated that she would be willing to forgo charges against the person who has their meat smoker/ grill and they just need their meat smoker/ grill back. Anyone with any information on the location of the meat smoker/ grill can contact Lt. James M. Gonzales by e-mail @ jgonzales@cityofhobart.org or by telephone @ 219-942-4405.

On September 19, 2018, Hobart police responded to a victim who reported her car had been broken into during the early morning hours on September 18, 2018. The victim reported, he woke up to a phone message, which was alerting him that someone may be using his credit card fraudulently. The victim stated he contacted the credit card company and they told him his credit card had been used at a gas station located on the 3200 Block of east 81st Avenue and that there two purchases made totaling over $200.00 dollars. The link below contains surveillance images of the suspect using the victim's credit card. The Hobart Police Department is asking for assistance from the public with identifying the suspect shown in the surveillance images. Anyone with information can contact Sergeant Stephen Houck @ shouck@cityofhobart.org or by telephone @ 219-942-4399

The 288th edition of the Hobart Police Department Bi-weekly newsletter is now available for viewing. In this issue read trick or treating hours. Thank you for your support. http://www.cityofhobart.org/DocumentCenter/View/1632

A big thanks to The Home Depot for having us today at their safety day. We had a great time!

Hobart residents get the word out! Vote for Cpl. Timothy Pochron or Ofc. Matthew Stutler for the Prince in Blue at the Fair Haven Center Fairy Tale Ball. Don’t let these other communities show us up.