LPPD celebrated National School Resource Officer (SRO) Day, honoring the unsung heroes of campus safety.

 RESOURCE OFFICER (noun)
1. Like a normal Law Enforcement Officer, but much cooler.

February 15th is National School Resource Officer (SRO) Day. We would like to take the time to thank our SRO’s for all they do to keep their campuses safe and the positive influence they have on their students lives. If an SRO has impacted your life, feel free to share your story and don’t forget to thank an SRO today!

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Because of a donation to LPPD the crew is now sporting Guardian Angel Wearable Safety Lights from the La Porte Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association.

On behalf of the La Porte Police Department Patrol Division, we would like to thank La Porte Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association for their generous donation of Guardian Angel Wearable Safety Lights. These lights are mounted on the officer’s shoulder are primarily used to remain visible to others while working in dark settings.
We thank you, LPCPAAA, for all you do for our department! We appreciate you.

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Saluting Officer Tippit for 30+ years of dedication and service to the City of La Porte. Congratulations!

Thank you for your years of dedication Officer Tippit!
Please join us as we congratulate Officer Jeff Tippit #650 on his retirement! Officer Tippit has served 30 plus years in his Law Enforcement career and has served the citizens of La Porte with honor, integrity and compassion. While we will miss his leadership and knowledge, we are grateful for everything he has done.
Officer Tippit focused the end of his career serving in our commercial driver unit (DOT). Here he is on his last inspection!
Congratulations!!

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LPPD: Remembering Chief Douglas James Ditrich. A Tribute to a dedicated public servant.

Please share a memory of Douglas to include in a keepsake book for family and friends.

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Chief Douglas James Ditrich passed away tragically on Sunday, January 21, 2024, at the age of 50. He is preceded in death by his sister, Dawn Ditrich. Left to cherish his memory are his parents, Norman and Judith (Bleil) Ditrich; beloved wife, Sherri (Shullaw) Ditrich; sons, DJ Ditrich, Kolton Ditrich, Tyler Smith, Ryan Walker and Austin Walker; daughters, Holly Jackson and husband Jalen, Jessica Rivas and husband Ricky; brothers, Chris Ditrich and wife Roxanne, David Ditrich and wife Stacie; sisters, Beth Ditrich, Angela Lahay and husband Matthew; grandchildren, Cambria White, Demri White, Avril White, Lorelei Walker, Victoria Rae Walker; along with a host of other family, friends, brothers and sisters in law enforcement, and the citizens of La Porte whom he served faithfully.

Chief Ditrich recently reached 26 years of service with the City of La Porte, Texas, on December 29, 2023. Chief Ditrich began his law enforcement career with the City on December 29, 1997, after completion of the T.C.L.O.S.E. Academy at the University of Houston – Downtown in August 1997. Chief Ditrich began his service to the La Porte community as a Police Officer and held numerous other ranks and roles throughout his career. Recognitions Chief Ditrich acquired during his tenure with the City of La Porte include 2019 Manager of the Year, nominations for 2010 and 2013 Employee of the Quarter, and many letters of Thanks and Commendations.

In his leisure time, Chief Ditrich enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors with Sherri. From hunting deer or hogs, bass fishing with live bait, working his land and property, to just driving his truck or tractor, he preferred to spend time out in nature. More than anything, Chief Ditrich loved to spend time with his family, his dogs Sam and Fletch, and his cat Aero. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In Lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to Chief Ditrich’s funeral fund.

A visitation for Chief Ditrich will be held on Friday, January 26th, 2024, at Clayton Funeral Home of La Porte, from 5 to 8 pm. (201 S 3rd St, La Porte, Texas 77571) Funeral Services will be held the following day, Saturday, January 27th, 2024, at the Bulldog Center in La Porte, Texas, at 2:00 pm. (301 E Fairmont Pkwy, La Porte, Texas 77571)

 

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LPPD: The City of La Porte saddened to share the passing of Police Chief, Doug Ditrich.

The City of La Porte, Texas, is extremely saddened to share the passing of our police chief, Doug Ditrich, following a fatal accident in Milam, Texas (Sabine County) on Sunday, January 21.
Chief Ditrich’s family was notified, and the City respects their need for privacy at this time.
The incident was unrelated to any investigation or law enforcement duties and no foul play was involved. The City is providing counseling assistance for the Police Department and City staff.
As available, memorial service information will be shared.
LPPD Assistant Chiefs Bennie Boles and Scott Pullig will oversee Department operations until further notice.
Any other information will be shared by the La Porte Police Department as it becomes available via media platforms. We ask that you refrain from contacting the police department for details regarding services. This information will be released at a later time.
Please keep the entire Ditrich family and the La Porte Police Department in your prayers.

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Help LPPD find this 🤡 who stole a McDonald employee’s phone.

The La Porte Police Department is seeking the help of the public to identify the male depicted in this photograph. On Saturday, December 23, 2023, the male subject entered the McDonalds at 1102 S 8th St and stole a cell phone that belonged to an employee.

If anyone recognizes this individual, please contact the La Porte Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 281-842-3173 and reference case # 23-04058.

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LPPD Chief Ditrich Swearing in of new board members and Volunteer of the Year at the La Porte Citizen’s Academy Alumni Association Meeting.

Chief Doug Ditrich had the honor of swearing in the new board members for the La Porte Citizen’s Academy Alumni Association last night during their first meeting of 2024 (From left to right: 1st Vice President-Randy LeBlanc, President-Richard Browder, 2nd Vice President-Darla O’Bannon, Treasurer-Tony Figueroa, and Secretary-Laura Bellah). Former President-Brenda Pritchard served as President for ten years and has now passed the torch to Richard Browder. Randy LeBlanc was also recognized as the Volunteer of the year!

Officer Steven Guerrero was introduced during the meeting as the new PAR officer for the department.

We are super proud to have all our LPCPAAA members and we appreciate all their hard work and dedication not only to our department but to our city as well. If you are interested in joining this great team, please contact Officer Steven Guerrero at [email protected] to find out more information on the Citizen’s Police Academy training program.





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Video: Help LPPD find a drunk who broke some windows culpable in making everybody’s insurance go up.

LPPD # 23-04024

The La Porte Police Department is seeking the public’s help with identifying the young man depicted in this video. In the later evening hours of December 19, 2023, the Male subject was captured on video stumbling across the parking lot of a local business in the 1400 block of Sens Road near Highway 225. The subject appears to be unsteady on his feet and was likely intoxicated. He is captured on the video walking up to a window at the business and punching the window with his fist and shattering it.

If anyone recognizes this individual, please contact the La Porte Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Secretary Amy Haire at 281-842-3173 and reference the case number above. You may remain anonymous when providing information on this, and any other case, and there may be a cash reward available through Crime Stoppers if the individual is positively identified and charged.

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LPPD: Fireworks reminder, they are illegal and report illegal use of fireworks to their non-emergency number inside.

The La Porte Police Department would like to remind residents that fireworks are illegal in the City of La Porte. Continuing to use them not only disrupts your neighbors and scares some animals, but also ties up our 9-1-1 lines.

Please report the illegal use of fireworks to our non-emergency number at 281-471-2141.

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Blue Santa and The Grinch: A Heartwarming Christmas Story

On the 12th day of Christmas… The Grinch enjoyed some time with Blue Santa and his crew. It was truly an extraordinary day. Now he was able to understand why everyone loves Christmas so much. It wasn’t about the gifts or Christmas lights. It was about the time spent with the ones you love most. For the first time ever, The Grinch had a great Christmas.
Suddenly he felt a weird feeling inside, but it was a good feeling. His heart grew three sizes that day. He felt complete.

THE END.

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This short story was created to bring awareness to the Blue Santa program. The Blue Santa program is all about bringing hope and joy to families during the Christmas season. The program provides gifts for children who are residents of La Porte or La Porte ISD students.

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LPPD’s Blue Santa’s redemption and the Grinch’s Christmas miracle.

On the 11th day of Christmas… Blue Santa sat in his rocking chair, reflecting on the previous events. He was so proud of well everything had come together. Then his phone rang. He had an incoming call from The La Porte Jail. Blue Santa answered the phone with curiosity “hello?” he said.

The Grinch apologized to Blue Santa for the mess he had made. He explained to Blue Santa that for years he has been excluded from Christmas festivities and all he wanted was family and friends to celebrate with. Blue Santa could hear the sincerity in his voice and gave him an idea. “What if you spend Christmas with me, Mrs. Claus and our elves?” Blue Santa asked The Grinch. He couldn’t believe it! The Grinch happily agreed. Blue Santa went down to The La Porte Jail and bonded out The Grinch.

To be continued…

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At LPPD On the 9th day of Christmas. Finally, the plan had been refined down to the last detail. Now the big question,

 “what’s the plan?!”

SHOP WITH A COP!
Here’s how it went. Each child was partnered with a cop, jailer, or dispatcher to go on a shopping spree! The children picked out clothes, shoes, toys, personal care items, and so much more.
After the shopping spree, the children were greeted by The Blue Knights, a law enforcement motorcycle club, with some cookies and hot chocolate. They were even able to get on their motorcycles! Everyone had a great time. Christmas joy had been restored!
A special thank you to all those who helped make this event as special La Porte Police Officers Association , La Porte Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association , Blue Knights TX VII , Walmart , and all of the families who participated in our first ever, Shop with a Cop.

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LPPD’s prisoner the Grinch has had a change of heart.

On the 10th day of Christmas… The Grinch couldn’t believe it. He could hear laughter and Christmas carols all the way from his cell. “Where did I go wrong?” he thought to himself. Christmas was supposed to be ruined for La Porte but somehow, the citizens were still having a great time. The Grinch sat in his cell angry as can be… Then he became sad. He realized that all he wanted was to be included in the Christmas festivities. He decided he was going to call Blue Santa and apologize for what he did.

To be continued….

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Good news Grinch tried to Christmas. LPPD has locked him up.

On the 7th Day of Christmas…..At the jail, The Grinch was searched but the gifts were no where to be found. He refused to give any information on where he had dumped all of the Christmas gifts and decor. He was booked in the La Porte Jailers and was placed in a cell. The Grinch grinned as he sat in his cell because his mission was accomplished. Christmas was ruined forever… or so he thought.
To be continued.

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LPPD caught the Christmas caper, the Grinch’s arrest.

On the 6th day of Christmas… After the families realized their gifts had been stolen, they reported it to the La Porte Police Department. La Porte PD detectives worked diligently alongside of Blue Santa to figure out who could have done such a horrific thing. While at the scene of the crime they found spiderwebs, a horrible stench, and green fur. Immediately, everyone knew who did this…. THE GRINCH!

La Porte Police Officers took The Grinch into custody and drove him down to the La Porte Jail… but not without a fight. We all know who won that one!

To be continued…

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How the Grinch stole Christmas. A LPPD cautionary tale of holiday thievery.

On the 5th day of Christmas… And just like that, The Grinch strikes again! He was disgusted by the sight of Christmas cheer and wanted it to go away. So, The Grinch took matters into his own hands. He left his cave and snuck into every house in the city. The Grinch stole every gift in sight. He took down Christmas lights, Christmas trees, ate the left-over cookies and made sure Christmas music could not be heard anywhere. He put everything he could fit in his Santa bag and went on back to his cave to discard it all…. Legend has it, we still don’t know where he dumped all the Christmas gifts.
To be continued….

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LLPD the Grinch’s master plan on the 3rd day of Christmas.

On the 3rd day of Christmas… What Blue Santa didn’t know is that The Grinch had a plan of his own. The Grinch started his day as usual, cranky and smelly. He refused a shower, after all he took one last week. He had spiders in his teeth, just the way he likes it. His hair? Already perfect. And just like that, he was ready just in time for his regularly scheduled self-loathing. After words he put together his master plan to steal Christmas. To be continued…..

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LPPD Blue Santa spreading cheer in La Porte on day 2 riding through the city.

On the 2 Day of Christmas… Blue Santa hits the streets! Blue Santa and his elf took a ride from the North Pole to La Porte. To kick off Christmas they went by local businesses, day cares, retirements homes, and even city hall. The children jumped for joy, the elderly clapped with excitement, and everyone wanted pictures! Blue Santa loved seeing all of the Christmas decorations around the city and how joyful they all were. To be continued…..

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LLPDs’s Blue Santa’s Christmas cheer and the 4th day of giving.

On the 4th day of Christmas… While The Grinch put together his plan, Blue Santa continued to spread Christmas cheer. He went from home to home placing gifts under every tree for all the good boys and girls. At every stop, he enjoyed the delicious milk and cookies that were left just for him. (This is Blue Santa’s favorite part of the day!) He could not wait for everyone to open their gifts. He delivered stuffed animals, coloring books, gaming systems, easy bake ovens, and so much more! To be continued…

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LPPD snagged another 🤡 who’s been ripping off cars in the Morgan’s Landing subdivision.

During the early morning hours, La Porte Police Department undercover detectives arrested an individual suspected of being responsible for a recent string of car burglaries in the Morgan’s Landing subdivision. The La Porte Police Department wants to send a clear message to anyone with nefarious intentions on the citizens of our city: We suggest you find a legitimate job. If you steal from or harm our citizens, we will work around the clock and use all tools at our disposal to find you and arrest you.

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DuPont made an LPPD Blue Santa donation to deposit for children’s good cheers.

DuPont showed up and made a wonderful donation to our Blue Santa Program! Thank you, DuPont for being great community partners!!!

Pictured from Left to Right: Randy LeBlanc-LPCPAAA, Officer T. Phelan, Assistant Chief B. Boles, RodRick Moore-DuPont Plant Manager, Tanish Williams-DuPont Care Team Leader, Brenda Thompson-Special Programs, Shaye Lister-Crime Victim Liaison, and Chief D. Ditrich.

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Help LPPD identify the 🤡 in video breaking into car at the Domain apartments.

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The La Porte Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect seen in the video below. On 12/07/23 during the nighttime hours the suspect committed several burglaries to motor vehicles at the Domain apartment complex, 3300 Bay Area Blvd. If you recognize the suspect in the video or have any information on the burglaries, please contact the La Porte Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division Secretary Amy Haire at 281-842-3173 and reference this case number. You may remain anonymous when reporting about this, or any other crime, and you may be eligible for a cash reward through Houston Crime Stoppers if these suspects are identified and charged.

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LPPD: Urges residents to safeguard against vehicle burglaries due to an uptick.

The La Porte Police department has seen sudden increase in reports for Burglary of a Motor Vehicle. Thieves have targeted Morgan’s Landing, The Domain at Morgan’s Landing.

The department is asking residents to remove valuables, especially guns from their vehicles upon parking them. Residents should lock the doors and active alarms.

The department has assigned additional officers to the area as well as mobile cameras. Detectives are hard at work on the cases reported in an effort to identify and apprehend the suspect(s).

Finally, call the department’s non-emergency number 281-471-2141 to report any suspicious activity.

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Meet Joseph Nixon III, LPPD’s newest addition to the force. Congratulations!

Please welcome Joseph Nixon III to the La Porte Police Department. He began his career in law enforcement with Harris County Sheriff’s Office as a detention officer; then placed himself in the University of Houston-Downtown Police Academy and graduated 31 October 2023. He is currently in orientation phase and set to start field training the week of 20 November with his assignment to be determined by the field training supervisors.

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Get hands-on with reptiles at La Porte’s Adoption Center exhibit hosted at La Porte Police Department Saturday Nov 25th 5-7pm.

Brought to you by La Porte Adoption Center & Animal Shelter!

Come out and see some awesome critters! See the flyer below for info on how to attend a reptile exhibit that allows you to get hands on with various reptiles and learn more about them!
November 25th, 2023, 5-7 PM, at La Porte Police Department!

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La Porte Police Department hosts inaugural Junior Police Academy for The Early Act Programs.

The La Porte Police Department, on behalf of The Early Act Programs of Jeanie Reed Elementary and Baker Middle School, held its very first Junior Police Academy on Saturday, November 11th. The students learned about several divisions in the department which included: Patrol, Dispatch, SWAT, Criminal Investigations, and Crime Scene. We look forward to more events of this nature in the future!

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LPPD’s Detective Kelly Green, honored as American Legion Post 319 Officer of the Year. Congratulations!

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We are thrilled to recognize Detective Kelly Green as the American Legion Department of Texas Cortez/Norris Post 319 Officer of the Year. Detective Green is a 32-year veteran of the Department and he consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty, demonstrating exceptional professionalism and dedication. This well-deserved award is a testament to his outstanding contributions, and we are proud to have him as a role model within our force. Congratulations on this remarkable achievement, Detective Green, and thank you for your exemplary service.

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LLPD: Department Sponsors police recruits for the 1st time since 2009 sending them to UofH’s local police academy.

For the first time since 2009, the Department is sponsoring police recruits and sending them to a local police academy. Upon successful completion of the academy at the University of Houston-Downtown and passing the state licensing exam, the cadets will become probationary Police Officers and enter the field training program. Please join us in welcoming the newest employees of the Police Department, and we extend them a hearty Godspeed.

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Video: Oh my gosh, LPPD has a whole 🤡 car of dirty rotten thieves they are looking for to lock up. If you know them, call.

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The La Porte Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspects seen in the videos below. On 10/15/23 during the evening hours two young males and two young females enter the Walgreens at 9705 Spencer Hwy and commit a theft. The males act as look outs while the females load their bags full of designer skin care products totaling over $1600. The suspects then leave this location and hit both the CVS and Walgreens in Deer Park. If you recognize the suspects in the videos or have any information on the theft, please contact the La Porte Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division Secretary Amy Haire at 281-842-3173 and reference this case number. You may remain anonymous when reporting about this, or any other crime, and you may be eligible for a cash reward through Houston Crime Stoppers if these suspects are identified and charged.


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Join the LPPD as a Police Cadet. Entrance exam and physical agility test dates inside.

Are you interested in becoming a Police Officer for the La Porte Police Department? We are now recruiting for Police Cadets! 📝 We will be holding an Entrance Exam on Monday, December 4, 2023, at 9:00 AM. 👟 The Physical Agility Test will be on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, for those who pass the Entrance Exam with a 70 or better. You MUST complete an employment application online for consideration. To view the minimum requirements and to submit an application, visit www.laportetx.gov/jobs. The application closing date is November 29, 2023 at 5:00 PM.

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LPPD’s Trunk-or-Treat delights the community with first responders, entertainment, and candy.

The La Porte Police Department hosted a Trunk-or-Treat last night, and it was a great success! Shout-out to our First Responder partners: La Porte Fire Department, La Porte EMS, and La Porte EOC for participating with us!

Special thanks to Little Jacks for providing entertainment for the kids, Beacon Federal Credit Union for the pizza, and to Sulzer & Kroger for assistance with purchasing candy. And last, but surely not least, to our wonderful community for the many candy and trinket donations and for showing up!!!

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LPPD’s photo bucket at their spooktacular Trunk or Treat.

Thank you to all of our La Porte citizens who came out and supported our trunk or treat event hosted at the La Porte Police Department. We can’t thank you enough for your support during this event! We loved seeing all of your kids and family members in costumes. We had a great time. We look forward to a bigger and better event next year.

Did you take photos??? We would love to see them! Please share your photos with us by emailing them to [email protected].

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