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November 25, 2009

Notice to Town of Orleans residents regarding abandoned vehicles

The Orleans Police Department would like to remind area residents that it is a violation of Indiana state law to have a vehicle which is inoperable on private or public property. A vehicle which is inoperable is considered abandoned by definition according to Indiana law. The Orleans Police Department will be tagging all inoperable vehicle located on public and private property within the Town of Orleans. Once a vehicle is tagged the owner of the vehicle will have seventy-two(72) hours to remove the vehicle or the vehicle will be towed and the owner of the vehicle will be responsible for any and all towing and storage fees incurred. The Orleans Police Department would like to encourage anyone who has an inoperable vehicle to remove it from their property and avoid the cost of having the vehicle towed and stored. The Orleans Police Department would like to thank citizens for their cooperation in this matter.

November 25, 2009

Notice to Town of Orleans residents regarding dogs and cats running loose

The Orleans Police Department has received numerous complaints of dogs and cats running loose. The Orleans Police Department would like to remind dog and cat owners that allowing your dog or cat to run loose is a violation of state law and local ordinance and could result in the issuance of a criminal citation and a fine. The Town of Orleans also employees and animal control officer who picks up dogs and cats found running at large and transports the animals to the Orange County Humane Society.  Citizens who are experiencing problems with stray animals can contact the animal control officer at 812-865-2887 or by email at .  The Orleans Police Department would like to encourage all dog and cat owners to be responsible owners and keep their dogs and cats confined to their property.

July 27, 2009




National Night Out - August 4th, 2009

     On Tuesday, August 4th, neighborhoods throughout Orleans are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “26th Annual National Night Out” (NNO) crime and drug prevention event.  National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the Orleans Police Department, will involve over 11, 000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world.  In all, over 35 million people are expected to participate in ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime’ on August 5th.  NNO 2008 is being supported in part by TARGET, the national corporate sponsor.

     National Night Out is designed to:  (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

     From 7p.m. to 10p.m. on August 4, residents in neighborhoods throughout Orleans and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police.

     National Project Coordinator Matt Peskin said, “This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity.  National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer nation.  On August 4h, we invite neighborhoods nationwide to join us in Giving Crime & Drugs a Going Away Party.”

      Locally the Orleans Police Department is hosing an open house on August 4th from 6p.m. until 8p.m. and inviting citizens to stop by and have a soft drink and hot dog while they talk with local officers.  Officers will be photographing and fingerprinting children and will a have a variety of free literature to hand out. Balloons, pencils, and pens will be available for everyone.  Free gun locks will be available to help support responsible gun ownership.  An Orleans Police Department patrol car will be on display for the children to look at and sit in.    Orleans Police Chief Roy W. McFarland said, “We are inviting everyone to turn on their porch light and come down to the police department and visit with local officers”.

July 26, 2008

William Alex Fugate is the newest member of the Orleans Police Department.  William Alex Fugate (22) of Orleanshas been hired as an officer by the Orleans Police Department.  Fugate was approved for hiring by the Orleans Town Council at its July 17, 2008 meeting after a request was made by Orleans Police Chief Roy W. McFarland.  The Orleans Town Council agreed to hire Fugate temporarily due to the illness of Assistant Chief Edward Moffatt who is off work on sick leave.

     William Alex Fugate of Orleans is a 2004 graduate of Orleans High Schooland graduated from University of Evansville in May of 2008 with a B.S. in Sociology.  Mr. Fugate is the son of Mr.  & Mrs. Bill Fugate of Orleans.  Mr. Fugate is currently completing his Pre-Basic Law Enforcement Training at the Lawrence County Sheriff Department and will attend the Indiana Law Enforcement Academyin January 2009 for basic training.  After completing his pre-basic training Officer Fugate will ride with other officers of the department while he continues his training.


February 21, 2008

New Police Vehicle

The Orleans Police Department recently placed a new four-wheel drive 2008 Ford Expedition police vehicle into service. The four-wheel drive Expedition will be a great asset to the department during winter snows and also during times of flooding by allowing officers the ability to reach citizens in need of assistance. By purchasing an Expedition the police department gained the advantages of a four-wheel drive vehicle plus extra space inside for the mounting of police equipment. The 2008 Ford Expedition was purchased from Bedford Ford. The vehicle lighting, camera and radio systems were installed by Electronic Communication Systems of Bloomington. Jim Greene signs of Orleans designed and applied the graphics to the Expedition. (to see a photograph of the 2008 Expedition click on the "Map of Orleans" link)

January 15, 2004

Project Child Safe Comes to Orleans: 200 Firearm Safety Kits To Be Distributed Locally

The Orleans Police Department will provide 200 free firearm safety kits to local residents through a partnership with Project ChildSafe, the nationwide firearms safety education program. The safety kits, which include a gun lock, will be distributed at the Orleans Police Department and can be picked up anytime an officer is on station.

Project ChildSafe, a program developed by National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), will distribute millions of firearm safety kits throughout the country over the next year. The Program is funded by a U.S. Department of Justice grant, with additional funding provided by the firearms industry.

By partnering with Project ChildSafe, the Orleans Police Department is participating in a growing national effort to promote firearms safety education to all gun owners. Project ChildSafe will distribute gun lock safety kits to all 50 states and the five U.S. territories.



April 29, 2003

Department offering ID plan for children

The Orleans Police Department is instituting a new program where officers of the department will take digital photographs of children. Parents may bring their children to the Orleans Police Department and officers will take digital photographs of the children and on a floppy disk and give them to parents to take home and put in a safe place. Officers will also put important information about the child on the disk label. By having digital photographs in place on floppy disks, officers will be able to easily print photographs and make missing posters and send the information of the internet in the event that the need would arise. The Orleans Police Department has the capabilities to make posters of missing children and distribute them over the internet through the LOCATER system which was given to the department by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The LOCATER system consists of a computer, color printer, scanner and internet connection. By having a photograph of a child that can be distributed in the community the chances of a safe return of the child will be greatly increased. The Orleans Police Department has digital cameras and all a parent needs to do is bring their child in to the Orleans Police Department and an officer will take a digital photograph and record the child’s information on the floppy disk and give it to the parent for safe keeping. Anyone wishing to have their child's picture taken is requested to call the department at 812-865-2222 to make sure and officer is available.

April 8, 2002

The Orleans Police Department Enhances its Response Rate to Child Abductions

When a child is reported missing, time is one of law enforcement's greatest enemies. Every hour a child is missing, the likelihood of a safe recovery decreases. In order to ensure a high level of preparedness for child abduction cases, the Orleans Police Department is pleased to announced the implementation of LOCATOR, the Lost Child Alert Technology Resource. There are many challenges facing law enforcement personnel in missing child cases. One of the greatest is collecting and disseminating the child's descriptive information quickly. With that goal in mind, LOCATER was created to provide the computer hardware and software needed to rapidly distribute critical missing child data on a local, statewide, or nationwide basis.

The Orleans Police Department obtained the computer from and is pleased to be working with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to implement LOCATER. United States Congressional funds allow NCMEC to provide the LOCATER system free-of-charge to law enforcement agencies that investigate missing child cases. NCMEC has found that when pictures of missing children or abductors are made available to the public, one in six children are recovered as a direct result.

Use of LOCATER system, comprised of a Dell Pentium IV computer, HP DeskJet 940C printer, high-resolution scanner, and customized software, is not limited to missing children cases. It includes templates for more than 100 different types of posters such as missing adults, wanted persons, and crime alerts.

For more information about the many free services the NCMEC has to offer, please visit . For more information about LOCATER, call 703-837-6389 or call toll free 1-877-446-2632 ext. 6389.


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