On April 27, 2019, Valparaiso Police Chief Jeffrey Balon was honored by the Northwest Indiana African American Alliance, Inc., along with Gladys Allen, Alvin Shields, and Edwina Shields. The three were recognized for their efforts in the Valparaiso Community.
Chief Balon was specifically awarded for his efforts toward diversity and inclusion within the community and the police department. The award luncheon took place at the First United Methodist Church in Valparaiso and was well attended by alliance members and the community. Congratulations to all award recipients and thank you for your efforts in bettering our community.