What: Heat Advisory: Peak heat index values of 95 to 100 through Saturday. Where: Mishawaka, Portions of northern Indiana and southwest Michigan. When: Until 8 PM EDT /7 PM CDT/ Saturday. Impacts: Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur. Additional Details; Heat stress increases with the number of consecutive hot days. The effects of heat are most impactful for more vulnerable urban populations. Summary: Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.
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MPD Units and Divisions

MPD Uniform Division

The Uniform Patrol Division is the largest division in the Mishawaka Police Department. Uniform Patrol is generally acknowledged to be the backbone of the Police Department and the division that is most judged by its performance. Patrols are provided 24/7.

The hours of operation and staffing are as follows:

  • 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – 1st Detail
  • 2:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. – 2nd Detail
  • 10:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. – 3rd Detail

Division is led by Uniform Division Assistant Chief Craig Nowacki.

MPD Detective Bureau

The Detective Bureau is comprised of detectives who are tasked with the investigation of crimes that occur in Mishawaka and St. Joseph County. The Detective Bureau has four subdivisions:

  • Street Crimes Unit
  • Special Victims Unit
  • Major Crimes Unit
  • Cold Case Homicide Unit

All criminal cases filed through the Mishawaka Police Department are referred to the Detective Bureau, where they are reviewed and handled on a case-by-case basis.

Residents with information on crimes can call the Detective Bureau at (574) 258-1684 or submit an anonymous tip online. They can also contact Michiana Crime Stoppers at (574) 288- STOP or (800) 342-STOP.

Division is led by Division Assistant Chief Dan Gebo.

MPD Uniform Division

The Traffic Division is the lead investigator for crashes involving serious traffic injuries and fatalities. Its officers investigate all hit and run crashes, conduct investigations into all traffic matters that require follow-up and review all traffic investigations conducted by the Uniform Division. The Traffic Division is also responsible for the licensing and inspection of all taxi cabs that operate in the city and the licensing of all cab drivers who operate within city limits.

The Traffic Division has additional responsibilities as well. It acts as liaison for the Mishawaka Prosecutor’s Office on all driving-related cases submitted by the Mishawaka Police Department, calibrates Portable Breath Test instruments and administers the Electronic Vehicle Crash Reporting System.

Motor Checks:

  • $5.00 fee paid at Records Division
  • Forms then presented to an officer for vehicle inspection and certification

MPD Community Relations Unit

The Community Relations Unit’s duties and responsibilities include assisting neighborhood watch groups with their concerns, make citizen contacts to determine crime problems within their area and developing an innovative response or referral for resolution of the problem. The Community Relations Unit works closely with the Street Crime Unit and the Office of the Chief of Police.

Phone: (574) 258-1678
Fax: (574) 258-1690

Community Relations Supervisor:
Lt. Bruce Faltynski

MPD Records and Services Division

The Records and Services Division of the Mishawaka Police Department retains all police reports and issues various permits.

Assistant Chief,
Records/Services Division:
Alex Arendt
Records Hours:
Monday – Friday,
9:00am – 5:00pm  

Records Available:

Can be purchased online at BuyCrash.com OR at the Records Division Office for $5.00 per copy. Cannot be faxed or mailed until fee is received.

$5.00 per copy. Cannot be faxed or mailed until fee is received.

$5.00 fee per card. Available every day.

You must follow several steps to obtain a gun permit.


  • Live within Mishawaka city limits
  • Be at least 18 years of age



  • Go online to: https://www.in.gov/isp/ (for questions, call 317-232-8264).
  • Fill out your handgun permit AND
  • Schedule a (L1 – digital) fingerprint appointment online: Location: Goodwill, 3420 Grape Road, Mishawaka Ind.
  • Pay your state fee online at the time of application (have your credit/debit card available).
  • Be sure to note your application number and password to track the status of your application.



  • Go online to: www.L1enrollment.com OR
  • Call 1-877-472-6917 to schedule the appointment.
  • Once you have completed the online steps, come to the Mishawaka Police Department Records Division with your application number to pay your local fee.
  • Local fees can be paid with cash, personal check, certified check or money order.



  • 4 years: $10.00 [State $30.00]
  • Lifetime permit w/current 4-year permit: $40.00 [State $60.00]
  • Lifetime permit w/o current 4-yr permit: $50.00 [State $75.00]

Contact the Indiana State Police (800) 552-2959 OR Mishawaka Police.

  • $5.00 fee (payable in advance at the Records Division)
  • An officer will inspect and certify the vehicle.

Information is available on the St. Joseph County website.

Must be requested in person at the Records Division. Photo ID is required. Checks cannot be provided online or by fax and may take up to 48 hours to process. Only for cases investigated by the Mishawaka Police Department. Fee: $10.00.

Fees are payable by:

Cash, personal check, money order or cashier check ONLY

(Credit/debit cards ARE NOT ACCEPTED)

The exact amount for these services is greatly appreciated.