Winona Lake Police Department

With faith in our society and honor in our work ethic,
we strive to protect and serve with excellence.


We Commit

…to delivering quality services in response to Winona Lake’s diverse needs.


We Seek

…to lead in the areas of law enforcement, education, domestic preparedness, emergency medical service and in addressing quality of life issues.


We Desire

to build partnerships within the community.


We Strive maintain order while treating each person with dignity and respect.

A Message From Chief of Police, Joe Hawn

Welcome to the Winona Lake Police Department web page.  I hope you find this to be a helpful source of information about our department.  We attempt to keep the information up to date and accurate so that you may always be informed of police department activities and issues of concern that effect you as citizens.  Our goal is to provide the best police service possible and to do that we are always looking at ways to keep the lines of communication open.  The department relies on your eyes and ears to assist us with crime detection and have used the information provided by citizens to detect and solve crimes committed in Winona Lake.

You may contact the department in several ways, email, twitter, facebook, or telephone.  We are also building a data base of email address’ and cell phone numbers for text messages on-line through  Using your computer, log onto the Nixle web site and register your email and or cell phone number so that you may receive announcements from the Town concerning issues such as road closings, power outages, emergency information, and activities that are occurring within Winona Lake.  We will also post crime alerts in the event a series of incidents are occurring in a particular area.

You will find links and forms that will save you time when you need assistance from the police department.  Please use these helpful options as it will streamline the operation of the office.  With the convenience of the internet, we can save time and money when providing the service or information you need.

Calls of Service in 2016

Focusing on creating a safe community for the care of our residents and community life.

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Winona Lake Police on Twitter

Today we honor the incredible men & women of our armed forces. Happy Veterans Day to everyone who has served or is currently serving our great country. Thank you for your selflessness and your commitment to our freedom 🇺🇸 WinonaLakePD photo

#WinterDriving: If spinning tires don’t convince you, a simple penny can be used to see if you need new tires...even on a Power Wheels Jeep. Time for a new set! #DriveSafe #BePrepared WinonaLakePD photo

Supt. Carter and members of his Primary Staff conduct inspection of @ISPAcademy Counselor’s assigned police vehicles and equipment as members of the 78th Recruit Class observe. This class will graduate on Dec. 13th. WinonaLakePD photo


Road Patrol
The patrol division is the primary element of the department, responding to calls for help, enforcing state laws and municipal ordinances.


Bike Patrol
The bike patrol promotes a better and safer environment for the community. It is allows the department to patrol Winona Lakes’s 3 miles of Greenway and Boardwalk and 10 miles of extensive mountain biking trail system

K-9 Unit
The Winona Lake Police Department’s K-9 Unit was started in 1999 through various grant programs. Since 1999 two K-9 dogs have serviced the Winona Lake Police Department.