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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 police@bloomington.in.gov. 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 Bloomington city limits at any hour of the day or night. Follow this link for more detailed information on the City of Bloomington noise ordinance and noise reduction programs. Below are several examples of when a noise ordinance violation ticket may be issued:

  • Any sound that is of a volume, frequency, or pattern that prevents, disrupts, injures, or endangers the health, safety, welfare, prosperity, comfort or repose of reasonable persons of ordinary sensitivities within the City of Bloomington, given the time of day or environment in which the sound is made may result in the issuance of a noise ordinance violation ticket.
  • Any sound from any radio, television, digital media player, loudspeaker, sound amplifier, musical instrument, or any other machine or device for producing or reproducing sound in such a manner that the sound produced persists continuously or intermittently for a period of at least fifteen minutes and can be heard outside the immediate premises from the location of the emitter by any person with normal hearing at any time may result in the issuance of a noise ordinance violation ticket. However, it becomes more likely that a ticket for violation of the noise ordinance will be issued for that same sound if it is made between the hours of 9:00 PM and 7:00 AM.

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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