La Porte residents can now file their own non-emergency police reports online, according to City of La Porte Police Chief Paul Brettin.
This week, the police department launched its new online self-reporting system. Brettin said allowing citizens to file their own non-emergency reports will help free up officers so they can spend more time patrolling the city. He said this technology comes at a critical time as the department faces a shortage of officers.
“While our officers are always happy to help the residents of our city, reporting takes a good chunk of their time each day,” Brettin said. “This technology gives them some of that time back while also allowing residents to report any non-violent crimes that need addressing. With this extra time, our officers can get out of the office and back onto the streets to protect our community.”
Residents can self-report for a variety of non-life-threatening incidents, including theft, vandalism, identity theft/fraud, harassing phone calls and civil matters. Brettin said for emergency situations, residents should continue to call 911.
Reports can be filed online at, or by using the kiosk located in the lobby of the police station.