Can I dial 112 to get help?

Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Q: I recently read on Facebook that you can dial 112 on your cell phone and you get emergency help right away that shows your name, phone number, address and exact location of where you are at! I find this hard to believe as it is not advertised anywhere else. Is this really true or just Facebook Fake News?

A: First of all, yes and no! Dialing 112 is the “European Version” of 911. In the United States if you have a GSM phone which is usually Verizon and T-Mobile, you can use this feature, but it is exactly the same thing as dialing 911. In La Porte County we are what is called “Phase2,” in which the operator can see the name of the phone subscriber, their address, and an approximate location but not exact location of the call. For example if you are calling from 1201 E. Michigan Blvd. it may indicate that you are at 1199999 E. Michigan Blvd. (computer version), which puts you in the approximate area, but not the exact one.

Q: I am graduating from college this year and am going to join up with the Peace Corps this coming summer. The application is quite intense, and it is requiring me to be fingerprinted. How much does it cost to get fingerprinted and how do I go about making an appointment?

A: First of all, it is so refreshing to see someone volunteering to help others, so my hat’s off to you! Fingerprinting service is free of charge and can be processed at the front desk of the Police Department anytime as we are always open! Please bring any required forms in with you when you arrive.

Q: I am graduating high school this year, and I know I must wait until I am 21, but I really want to be a police officer. I have read your advice before on studying criminal justice in college, which makes sense, but is there other specific subjects I should be majoring in that would be better for me?

A: I know how hard it can be for a high school senior to make major life decisions. I’m no life coach, lol, but in my opinion, anything that teaches marketable skills and not just theories, is the path to follow. Business along with computer, agricultural, communication and language studies relate not only to law enforcement, but apply to nearly every industry (If you end up changing your mind).

Consider what type of law enforcement you are interested in (city police, county police, state police, DNR, FBI etc.) and your personal interests. Then see what college courses or degrees interest you and provides you with marketable skills in law enforcement. For example, computer skills and foreign language will help in all areas of law enforcement. Accounting is huge in federal enforcement (FBI/Secret Service), and agricultural science can lead to the Department of Natural Resources or Park Rangers, English and writing can lead you into writing a “Cool Column!”

Best Wishes in whichever path you choose!

Q: I would like to sell my homemade birdhouses and Christmas wreaths in Michigan City out of my van this fall. I somewhat have permission from a business in town to sell out of their parking lot. Do I need some sort of a vendor’s license to sell them in an empty lot during the weekend when they are closed?

A: Anyone wishing to sell goods or services outside must first get written permission from the property owner. You then must go to the City Hall Clerk’s office and apply for an Itinerant Vender’s License for the location you want to operate in, the wares you are selling and times of operation. You then present yourself in person to the Board of Works to answer any questions they might have. Licensing fees are $10 a day, $25 a week, and $50 a month, and $250 a year. If your vending involves food service, you must also have full inspection and approval by the La Porte County Health Department.

To ask a question, please contact me, Sgt. Chris Yagelski at 873-1461, Ext 1020, or email

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