Lake County Sheriff's Department (Indiana)

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Lake County Sheriff's Department
Agency overview
Formed 1837
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* County (US) of Lake in the state of Indiana, USA
Map of Indiana highlighting Lake County.svg
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)
Population 484,564 (2000)
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters 2293 North Main Street
Crown Point, Indiana
Police Officers
Correctional Officers
174
179
Civilians 156
Sheriff responsible John A. Buncich
Agency executive Timothy Downs, Chief
Facilities
Police Boats 7
Helicopters 3
Website
Lake County Sheriff's Website
Footnotes
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Lake County Sheriff's Department is the county law enforcement agency for Lake County, Indiana. The first sheriff was elected in 1837, when Lake County was organized.

Current Sheriff[edit]

John A. Buncich, sworn into office on January 1, 2011, is the 49th sheriff of Lake County and is in his first term. He had previously held the office for two terms from 1995–2002.

Organization[edit]

The Lake County Sheriff's Department employs 174 sworn police officers, 179 sworn corrections officers and 156 civilians under the sheriff's direction.[1]

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.[2]

  • 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.[4]
  • Corrections Division operates the Lake County Jail and administers the Work Release Program designed as an alternative to incarceration for non-violent offenders.[5] 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.[1] A Special Operations Response Team (SORT) is utilized in controlling inmate disturbances and restoring order in emergency situations.
  • 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.[7] 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.[8]

Aircraft[edit]

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.

According to FAA records, the helicopters currently registered to the agency include a Bell OH-58A N512LC, a Bell OH-58A N513LC and a Eurocopter EC120B N516RD.

Demographics[edit]

Demographics[9]
Male 93%
Female 7%
White 71%
African-American 16%
Hispanic 13%
Asian 0%


Fallen officers[edit]

In the history of the Lake County Sheriff's Department, six officers have been killed in the line of duty.[10]

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

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