Police Department

Police Department


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The Merrillville Police Department is seeking the public's help with identifying drug activity within the town. If you believe that someone in your neighborhood is involved in the sale or trafficking of illegal drugs please call our Drug tip hotline. Callers can remain anonymous or if they prefer, they may leave their contact information so that a detective can speak with them. All information will remain confidential. You can reach the Drug tip hotline at 219-648-2268

Mission Statement

We the members of the Merrillville Police Department are committed to being responsive to the community in the delivery of quality law enforcement services.

We recognize our responsibility to maintain order, while affording dignity and respect to every individual.

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Merrillville by working cooperatively with the public and within the framework of the U.S. Constitution to enforce the laws, preserve the peace, reduce fear, and provide for a safe environment.

Guiding Principles

We will provide the highest level of service with a professional and courteous attitude.

We believe that life and individual freedoms are sacred.

We will uphold public trust by serving citizens with compassion and in accordance with the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of Indiana, and the Merrillville Town Ordinances.

We will work to become a more effective organization, and we will serve the community with integrity, honesty, accountability and respect.

We will value an environment of respect and trust among Police Department employees, which strengthens our service to the citizens of Merrillville.

We value the diversity of perspectives and the unique qualities of the neighborhoods within Merrillville.

We will promote teamwork within the Police Department and other Town operations.


The Merrillville Police Department values integrity and honesty in all professional endeavors.

We take pride in working with the community to achieve our goals, and believe the police and community are accountable to each other.

The Department values its employees and their commitment to provide the highest quality of service. We will treat all with respect, dignity and equality.
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Apply for Handgun License
Indiana Handgun License Application Procedure

  1. Apply online
  2. Schedule an appointment with Morpho Trust to submit your fingerprints electronically to the Indiana State Police. You can click the link provided after you submit your application online.
  3. Fingerprint fee and State fee online to Morpho Trust.
  4. Come to the Merrillville Police Department on The second Wednesday of every month from 1PM - 3PM  to complete the application process.
  • You may apply no more than 180 days (6 months) before your current permit expires.
  • Once submitted online you have 180 days to visit Merrillville Police Department to complete the application process.
When you come to the Merrillville Police Department on The second Wednesday of every month from 1PM - 3PM to complete your application (except holidays). Please bring the following:

  • Application number from your online application
  • Receipt from Morpho Trust for fingerprints and State fee
  • Your Indiana driver’s license or picture ID with your current address
  • Your current permit, if applicable
License Type Local Fee
Cash payable to
Merrillville Police Dept.
State Fee
Payable to
L-1 Solutions
Five Year Hunting & Target $10.
*Refundable $5.
Five Year Personal Protection Fee Exempt

Fee Exempt

Lifetime Hunting & Target/ No Current License $50.
*Refundable $30
Lifetime Hunting & Target/ Current Valid License $40.
*Refundable $30
Lifetime Personal Protection/ No Current License Fee Exempt Fee Exempt
Lifetime Personal Protection/ Current License Fee Exempt Fee Exempt
Retired Law Enforcement Officer Not Provided in Law Fee Exempt
Retired Corrections
Not Provided in Law Fee Exempt
Firearms Dealer /Current Dealers License Not Provided in Law Fee Exempt

Things to remember:

An Indiana handgun license is not recognized by most other states and may not allow you to legally carry a handgun outside the State of Indiana. You should always check with local authorities before transporting a handgun across state lines.

If you are ever stopped or approached by the police and you are carrying a handgun, advise the officer and show him/her your license to carry the handgun.