Elkhart, IN

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Web stings
License suspension

Elkhart is a city of approximately 51,000 residents, located just east of South Bend in Elkhart County, Indiana. The Elkhart Police Department has been conducting street-level reverse stings since 2005.  While reverse stings are conducted routinely, major efforts are executed approximately four times per year.  Shaming is also practiced by publicizing the photos of those arrested in the local media, as well as posting them on the Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office’s website.  The Elkhart Police Department has also posted videos of their reverse sting operations.  Those arrested are often sentenced to some sort of geographical restriction.  The community of Elkhart is very active in voicing their concerns, so neighborhood watch and public education programs are also in effect.

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State Indiana
Type City
Population 52647
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