Public Safety


A great city is a safe city. The City of Portage continues to provide its citizens with a safe place to live and work. Providing highly trained and professional police and fire resources is one of the ways we ensure the continued safety of our citizens. Through school safety programs, disaster recovery, and emergency operations, the City of Portage takes a proactive approach to meet the safety needs of the community.


Chief’s Welcome

Every day I have the honor to serve alongside some of the finest police officers, firefighters, civilians, and volunteers in the country.  These are dedicated and wonderful men and women who are responsible for delivering nationally recognized public safety services to a city of over 47,000 people, covering nearly 35 square miles. Each and every day, they are committed to providing professional and caring community service to the citizens that live, work, and visit our city.

Our mission is to deliver superior public safety services that make people’s lives better. We work in partnership with our diverse community to safeguard the lives, rights, and property of the people we serve. 

With unwavering dedication, our first responders provide innovative professional public safety services to all of the members of this community.  We strive to accomplish this by maintaining our honor, courage, commitment, leadership, and teamwork while always conducting ourselves with the highest ethical standards.

The Police Division is a full-service law enforcement agency that provides a variety of law enforcement services, such as 24-hour-a-day patrol, school resource and community policing officers, and various other service teams.

The Fire Division is second-to-none in its commitment to service excellence in fire suppression, emergency medical services, fire prevention, rescue, training, emergency management, and support systems for the citizens of Portage. We strive daily to make Portage a safer place to live, work and visit. These first responders also focus a large amount of time each year providing the public with child safety seat instruction, fire safety, and prevention education, and station house tours, to name a few.

It is through the public’s trust and support that the Public Safety Department can provide a safe and healthy environment for our community to thrive. I am proud of the men and women of this agency and feel fortunate to serve the community alongside them as we work in partnership with our community members to keep the City of Portage safe.

I feel blessed to have been chosen to be a part of such a fine organization. With the many challenges that face public safety today, I am extremely proud of our ability to adapt and remain steadfast in our commitment to providing the best possible police, fire, and EMS services to our city.

Nicholas J. Armold
Public Safety Director