Our mission and our commitment is to partner with the community, to protect life and property, to understand and serve the needs of the city’s neighborhoods and citizens, and to improve the quality of life by maintaining order, resolving problems and the apprehension of criminals in a manner consistent with the law.
We will perform our duties by adhering to the core beliefs of Integrity & Professionalism, and dedication to serving the citizens of Ponchatoula. We strive to promote efficiency throughout the Department in every endeavor. Every member of the Department should remain committed to providing quality service and protection for the community.
Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization of citizens against crime. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $1,000 to anyone furnishing anonymous information that leads to the arrest of criminals, including those committing serious felony crimes, and fugitives.
Information is received through anonymous Crime Stoppers tips that are received through a secure tips line or through a secure web connection manned by a professional program coordinator. Each caller is assigned a code number for the purpose of insuring anonymity.
If you require a safe place for an in-person exchange of goods, we have established a “Safe Exchange Zone.” You can find the Safe Exchange Zone on the north side of the department building located on West Hickory St. The Safe Exchange Zone is designated by signs and red pavement markings and will be well-lit at all hours of the day. Here the public can trade legal items, including internet sales, or conduct child custody exchanges in a safe atmosphere promoted by our police-protected and camera-monitored environment.
Please be aware that police will not be screening transactions, but are available if an emergency arises. All trades conducted in the Safe Exchange Zone are monitored by 24-hour video surveillance and recordings.
If at any time you feel unsafe or need police assistance, call 911 or contact police using the front door of the Police Department building.