All police organizations operate under a set of written procedures to be followed in a wide range of situations. The Portage Department of Public Safety - Police Division procedures are designed to give officers, investigators, civilian employees, and command staff a clear guide to dealing with the wide variety of situations that police personnel must handle, and a set of instructions for ensuring that all services are offered and accomplished in an effective, legal, and ethical manner. Policies and procedures must be read and acknowledged by all personnel to whom they apply, and in some cases, there are tests to ensure understanding.
Many Portage Department of Public Safety - Police Division policies and procedures are available for public review. Other policies and procedures are available upon request. We ask that you submit these requests through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) process so they can be tracked and reviewed.
The Portage Department of Public Safety (PDPS) uses Flock Safety technology to capture objective evidence without compromising individual privacy. PDPS utilizes retroactive searches to solve crimes after they've occurred and real-time alerting of hotlist vehicles to capture wanted criminals. In an effort to ensure proper usage and guardrails are in place, policies and usage statistics are available to the public. View the PDPS Flock Safety Transparency Portal.