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WHAT’S THE BUZZ? MOSQUITO PREVENTION IS WORTHWHILE!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Spring and summer bring mosquitoes. “How many” depends on how wet the season is. The City will continue its program of placing larvicide in catch basins, which are potential breeding sites. It is one of the most cost-effective measures the City can take. The City has not sprayed for mosquitoes... more

Free tickets to Freedom Fest no longer available at City Hall

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The free tickets Mayor Jeremy Stutsman and City Council had secured to America’s Freedom Fest —a day-long event of airshows and fireworks Saturday, July 1, to celebrate Independence Day—have all been picked up at City Hall. There are no more free tickets available at this time. Information for purchasing... more

Pike Street/US 33 Northern Connector Project: Pike and Main streets to be closed until fall

Monday, June 26, 2017

On Tuesday, June 27, Rieth-Riley Construction will open the newly constructed section of Pike Street from the Elkhart River bridge to Second Street and close Pike Street between Second Street and Main Street. Third Street will remain open to through traffic. Access to businesses and residences will... more

Upcoming Events All »

America's Freedom Fest

Saturday, July 1, 2017, 8:00am

Celebrate Independence Day at the Goshen Municipal Airport with this day-long celebration. This event includes a runway run, a twilight airshow, and a fireworks display. SCHEDULE: 8 a.m. – 5k walk/run at runway, 3 p.m. – Main gates open, 5 p.m. – Pull a Bomber competition, 7 p.m. – Airshow, 10 p.m. – FREE - fireworks display

Board of Public Works & Safety & Stormwater

Monday, July 3, 2017, 2:00pm

INDEPENDENCE DAY

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

City offices will be closed on this day.

FAQ's

  1. How do I get a permit to carry a handgun?

  2. How do I get a copy of my accident/case report?

  3. How do I get my vehicle out of impound?

  4. Do you have Spanish speaking office staff?

  5. How do I register my bicycle?

  6. Am I required to register my handgun?

  7. How do I get a VIN check?

  8. How do I get a copy of my criminal history?

  9. I need fingerprints taken, what do I do?


How do I get a permit to carry a handgun?

State law governs the procedures for handgun permits. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and not have any felony convictions. Misdemeanor convictions on charges of domestic battery or violence may also prohibit you from obtaining a handgun permit. To receive a permit through the Goshen Police Department, a person must reside within the city limits of Goshen. To give staff the opportunity to complete the paperwork prior to the close of business, no applications will be accepted after 4:00 p.m. weekdays.  To apply for a permit to carry a handgun, you must begin by completing the online application on the Indiana State Police website (www.in.gov/isp) ). At the end of the application portion, you must schedule an appointment to have your fingerprints electronically captured by a state approved company.  The details are all on the ISP website as well. For the purposes of handgun permits, paper fingerprint cards are no longer accepted. At the end of the application process, you must make payment, schedule and attend your fingerprint appointment, and then bring your receipt to the police department for further application processing. All applications are subject to a criminal history check. At the conclusion of the background check, the records division will review your application, collect the appropriate local fee (cash only), and electronically submit your application to the State of Indiana.


How do I get a copy of my accident/case report?

The records division of the Goshen Police Department is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Due to the time necessary for processing, requests for fingerprints and handgun permits must be initiated prior to 4 p.m. Reports are usually available within 24 hours of the incident. Photo identification is required of victims requesting a copy of their incident reports. A limited criminal history may be obtained at our office. The requestor must be present in our office with photo identification. Government agencies may contact our office for instructions to obtain criminal histories. The records department accepts cash payments, cashiers check and money orders made out to the Goshen Police Department. No credit, debit cards, or personal checks can be accepted at this time. The current schedule of charges at the records counter is:

  • Criminal incident report - $1 per page
  • Fingerprint card - $5
  • Gun permit (four years) - $10, in addition to fees charged by the state
  • Gun permit (lifetime with current permit) - $40, in addition to fees charged by the state
  • Gun permit (lifetime without current permit) - $50, in addition to fees charged by the state
  • Limited criminal history report - $7
  • VIN inspection - $5
  • Accident Report - $5

How do I get my vehicle out of impound?

Vehicles require being towed for many reasons.  If your vehicle was towed and impounded under the direction of the Goshen Police Department the following contains our usual guidelines for release of the vehicle:

  • The registered or titled owner must be present with photo identification.
  • Two valid, licensed drivers must be present with their current licenses.
  • Proof of ownership, proper registration, and proof of insurance must be presented to obtain a release for a vehicle.
  • If the vehicle is not drivable (damaged in an accident or broken down). the vehicle will only be released for towing by a licensed tow company to private property.  Wrecked and broken down vehicles may not be parked on city streets.

There are exceptions to these guidelines depending on the circumstance for which the vehicle was towed. Please contact our office if you need clarification for your specific impound.


Does the Police Department have Spanish-speaking staff?

The Goshen Police Department does provide a Spanish office staff member.  This person's hours are now Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm.


How do I register a bicycle?

The Goshen Police Department recommends registering your bicycles. This will assist citizens and officers in case of a lost or stolen bicycle.  The registration contains the bicycle's make, model, serial number, and owner's name and address. The cost of registering your bicycle is $5.00. You may register your bicycle on Saturdays from 8-noon at the Central and College Avenue Fire Stations and at the Goshen Police Department during regular business hours.


Am I required to register my handgun?

Handgun registration is not required in the state of Indiana but it is highly recommended.There is no cost to register your handgun. Registering your handgun can assist in the investigation, identification and/or recovery of a lost or stolen firearm.To register your firearm, bring your unloaded firearm to the Goshen Police Department during regular business hours.


How do I get a VIN check?

VIN checks are required by the BMV in order to apply for a title for a previously out of state titled vehicle and in order to apply for a repaired salvaged vehicle.  The fee for a VIN check is $5.00. VIN checks may be obtained at the Goshen Police Department or at the vehicle's location by contacting the non-emergency dispatch number 533-4151.

Salvage title checks are done between the hours of 7:00am and 2:00pm Tuesday-Friday. Salvage title checks will be completed by our department only for those residents residing within the city limits.

Please be aware that you are required to have all  receipts and before/after photographs for repairs to a salvaged vehicle. This process may take several appointments to complete but you will only pay one fee.


How do I get a copy of my criminal history?

Our office staff can produce your local limited criminal history during regular business hours. The requestor MUST be present with photo identification and there is a $7.00 cash fee.

*Criminal history for immigration purposes is generally required from the State of Indiana. Go to www.in.gov/isp for instructions on obtaining a criminal history from the state.


I need fingerprints taken, what do I do?

Our office can assist you with your need to be fingerprinted for education, employment, etc. from 8am - 4pm, Monday - Friday. Photo identification is required and there is a $5.00 per card cash fee.

**If you wish to have or are required to obtain electronic fingerprinting, we are currently unable to provide this service. You can obtain electronic fingerprinting from a private company contracted with the State of Indiana.  Please go to http://www.l1id.com/ for location and appointment information.