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We'd like to be able to answer all your common questions on this page, but we can't anticipate what you don't know. We will be adding more Q&A's to this page as we receive them. If you have questions you may send an email to Please be aware that the answer will probably not be immediate. 

Q. How do I contact someone in jail?

A. There is only one jail in Monroe County and it is an entity of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. It is totally separate from the Bloomington Police Department and is located at 301 N. College Ave. The telephone number you should call if you have questions regarding someone in jail is 349-2751.

Q. What are the hours when I can receive a noise violation ticket?

A. You can receive a noise ordinance violation ticket within the city limits of Bloomington any time of day. Below are three detailed examples. Follow this link for for more detailed information on the City of Bloomington noise ordinance and noise reduction programs.

  • Any noise of continuous or intermittent nature which persists for a period of fifteen minutes and can be heard by any person outside the immediate premises from the location of the emitter may result in a noise ordinance violation.
  • Night time limits for non-stationary noise (a machine or devise capable of being moved from place to place for occasional or temporary use at a given location. This includes all types of motorized vehicles) are from 11:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m.
  • Night time limits for fixed source noise (a machine or device capable of creating a noise level at the property upon which it is regularly located, or upon which it is regularly used, which projects onto another property; this includes, but is not limited to, air-conditioning apparatus, powered lawn mowers and chain saws) are from 9:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m.

Q. Is there a curfew for juveniles in Bloomington?

A. Yes, there is a curfew established for the entire State of Indiana. In general, juveniles age 15, 16 and 17 cannot be in public without an adult guardian between 1AM and 5AM Saturday or Sunday and cannot be in public after 11 PM on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday or before 5:00 AM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. There are different rules for juveniles 14 years of age and various extenuating circumstances. More information can be found in the Indiana Code defining curfew. 31-37-3-3

Q. I drive a pickup truck. Do I have to wear a seatbelt?
If I am an adult and riding in the back seat of a car, do I have to wear my seatbelt?

A. Yes to both. If you are a passenger in a vehicle that came equipped with seatbelts, you must wear them while driving or riding in a vehicle in the State of Indiana.

Q. When is your next Citizen Police Academy?

The Citizen Police Academy is held every year in the fall, usually starting in early September and running until Thanksgiving week. The 2017 Citizens Academy starts on September 5th.


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