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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 cars outside Town Hall sport the

S.P.D Police Cars

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 Street.

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.

On a busy spring day the State Patrol assists with traffic control.

Summer Season

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.

Festival Days

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.

Police Patch

Commemorative Patch

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

Shipshewana's police vehicles.

Police Vehicles

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.



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Town of Shipshewana, Wolfe Building, 345 Morton Street, P.O. Box 486, Shipshewana, IN 46565   -   Phone: 260-768-4743