Lake County Sheriff's Department (Indiana)
|Lake County Sheriff's Department|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||County (US) of Lake in the state of Indiana, USA|
|Map of Lake County Sheriff's Department's jurisdiction.|
|Size||Total 626 sq mi (1,621 km²)
- Land 497 sq mi (1,287 km²)
- Water 129 sq mi (334 km²)
|Headquarters||2293 North Main Street
Crown Point, Indiana
|Sheriff responsible||John A. Buncich|
|Agency executive||Timothy Downs, Chief|
|Lake County Sheriff's Website|
|* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
The Lake County Sheriff's Department employs 174 sworn police officers, 179 sworn corrections officers and 156 civilians under the sheriff's direction.
His command staff includes Chief of Police Tim Downs and four commanders, each responsible for a division, who are assisted by deputy commanders. The Corrections Division is led by a chief warden, an assistant warden and three deputy wardens.
- Staff Services Division consists of the Bureau of Information, Bookkeeping, Human Resources, Property/Evidence Management, Telecommunications, Training and Vehicle Maintenance Operations.
- Civil Division is charged with serving summons, subpoenas, evictions and writs of the Lake County Superior and Circuit courts as well as from other jurisdictions.
- Corrections Division operates the Lake County Jail and administers the Work Release Program designed as an alternative to incarceration for non-violent offenders. The modern Lake County Jail opened in 1975 in a five-floor facility with 286 beds. In 1991, capacity was increased to 460 beds and additions in 2000 provided for a total of 1,085 beds. A Special Operations Response Team (SORT) is utilized in controlling inmate disturbances and restoring order in emergency situations.
- Criminal Investigations Division comprises the General Assignment, Auto Theft and Warrant units as well as the Crime Laboratory and officers assigned to multi-jurisdictional task forces.
- Uniform Division primarily provides police service to the unincorporated areas of the county and in the town of Winfield which does not have an established police department. This division also maintains an organized Bicycle Unit as well as a Traffic Unit which utilizes both patrol vehicles and motorcycles for enforcement and has trained accident reconstructionists. The Court Security Unit provides security at all county courts located at the Lake County Government Center and at facilities in East Chicago, Gary and Hammond.
The department also has a number of Special Operations Units with specifically trained personnel assigned for Aquatics Underwater Recovery and Rescue, Aviation, Bomb Squad, Chaplains, K-9, Marine, Tactical (SWAT) and a mobile communications Command Center.
The Lake County Sheriff's Department has three helicopters used for law enforcement in the county and for assistance to local police agencies. They are maintained by the Aviation Unit and are operated from the Griffith-Merrillville Airport in Griffith, Indiana.
In the history of the Lake County Sheriff's Department, six officers have been killed in the line of duty.
|Name||Date of death||Age||Tenure||Cause of death|
|Deputy Sheriff George R. Zorodney||March 14, 1930||38||1 year||Motorcycle accident|
|Sheriff Roy F. Holley||January 16, 1933||43||4 years||Gunfire|
|Sergeant William G. Paterson||January 25, 1994||44||18 years||Vehicular pursuit|
|Deputy Paul W. Mitchell||June 12, 1999||24||1 year||Automobile accident|
|Deputy Chief Gary L. Martin||August 22, 2006||63||28½ years||Bicycle accident|
|Corrections Officer Britney R. Meux||March 6, 2012||25||3 years||Vehicular assault|
- History of the Lake County Sheriff's Department
- Command Staff of the Lake County Sheriff's Department
- Administrative Services Division overview
- Civil Division overview
- Corrections Division overview
- Criminal Investigations Division overview
- Uniform Division overview
- Special Operations Units overview
- Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics, 2000: Data for Individual State and Local Agencies with 100 or More Officers
- The Officer Down Memorial Page