A veteran officer of the City of La Porte Police Department retired this week after nearly 30 years of service, according to Chief Paul Brettin.

Capt. Dennis Behenna, who was with the department for just over 29 years, completed his service Monday, Aug. 31. Throughout his tenure, Behenna worked as a school resource officer at La Porte High School, in the detective bureau and as the administrative captain at the department. He ended his career as a shift captain.  Brettin said officers with Behenna’s experience and dedication are hard to come by.

“Dennis has been an incredible leader on our team,” Brettin said. “He’s seen it all in his 30 years, and that kind of experience is tough to replace. While we will most certainly miss him at the station, we wish him a happy retirement. Dennis, thank you for your many years of service to this community.”

Brettin said the department is hiring new officers to fill this position and others. Applicants must be between the ages of 21 and 40. Call the police department at 219-362-9446 for more information.