Shipshewana Police Department
The Town of Shipshewana has a population of approximately 600 citizens, but
on any Tuesday or Wednesday during the summer this population swells to 20-30
thousand people. Tourists come to Shipshewana for many reasons; to visit the historic
downtown, the famous flea market and the beautiful countryside.
Police Web Site
The department maintains a Shipshewana Police web site
. Visit to learn more about the department personnel and activities.
Currently there are three officers
and seven reserve officers. The department
has six squad cars and one police bicycle for use on busy flea market days. The
department operates out of the Shipshewana Town Hall located at 345 N. Morton
Shipshewana creates a very unique opportunity for law enforcement. With a small
town approach the police department deals with problems that plague many large
cities. During the summer months the department is at its busiest, working many
accidents and motorist assists related to the large amount of traffic passing
through the town.
Public Safety Training
By incorporating highly qualified officers, excellent training and the best
equipment, we can effectively serve the citizens and visitors of Shipshewana.
It is required that all reserve officers attend training and meetings, while
still putting in 16 hours a month. This keeps our department current with new
law, techniques and tactics. The Shipshewana Police Department was formed in 1987
with one Marshal. The first police vehicle was a used cab from a larger city and
the office was a room in the basement of the fire department. Since this time
the town of Shipshewana has grown and so has its police department.
The department has a very good working relationship with the surrounding law
enforcement agencies in LaGrange County, which helps in the summer months. Besides
the flea market the department has many of the same routine and non-routine services
that any other police department may deal with. In May the police department directs
their time and efforts to the Mayfest Parade and events. During Mayfest
many programs are provided to the public at no cost. There is a K-9 Demonstration,
a "Fatal Vision Goggles" demonstration, a Child Safety Seat
Check Point and a booth with several free handouts.
For those visitors interested in police collectibles, a patch commemorating the history of the area and the department's commitment to justice is available for sale.
Browse the Public Safety Archives to view pictures of past officers, training exercises, participation in public awareness programs and more.
Participation in Other Programs and Events
The department is involved in several annual Shipshewana programs and events.
The department provides traffic control for many events such as the Nativity
Scene, The Coming of Santa Clause and the Mayfest Parade. The state
funded seat belt program "Click It or Ticket" is a program that
is enforced throughout the town. We are also involved in many security details,
whether it is for a local event (Haiti Auction, Habitat For Humanity or
the local rodeo) or for the occasional official that comes through town.