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School Security

Portage Township Schools remains committed to school safety. We work in collaboration with our Portage Police Department as well as the Porter County Sheriff’s Department. We have a team of highly trained school safety specialists throughout our district who meet regularly to review and plan safety protocol. All of these individuals are certified through the Indiana Department of Education’s Division of School Safety. 

We also actively participate in the Porter County Safe Schools Commission. PTS has invested in the security of our students through expansion of our camera monitoring system, improved access control with new upgraded doors throughout the corporation, and offering new online alert systems. Each school has a safety and security team that regularly practice safety drills to best keep Portage Township Schools a positive learning environment.
We do all these things so as to be best prepared to meet our Corporation Goal of having a culture of collaboration and acceptance in a safe and secure learning environment. We encourage our students and our community to remain vigilant and to share your thoughts and insights with us. On our end, we will continue to monitor all of our facilities, listen to all of our students, thoroughly investigate all concerns and deal appropriately with all involved as we continue to pursue our mission of Educating, Empowering and Inspiring Excellence.
The Portage Township Schools' SRO program has been designed to serve several important purposes including keeping the schools safe, building interaction with the students in a setting that promotes self esteem and trust, interacting with students, faculty, community, and parents to promote positive relations, and educating students about the law and the importance of individual responsibility, while reinforcing the idea that police are role models.
The success of the program depends on the confidence and respect earned from students, parents, and staff, and the interaction which takes place between everyone involved.
PTS School Resource Officers
Officer Jake Wirick
Portage High School
Officer Trent Howard
Portage High School West
Officer Anthony Ortiz
Willowcreek Middle School