It is our hope that you will find this site interesting and informative. As an elected official, I view myself as a steward of this esteemed office, and I am committed to upholding the sacred trust the citizens of Lake County Indiana have placed in me. We are all fortunate to be a part of a community that is strengthened by strong values and enriched through natural and cultural diversity.

Our mission at the Lake County Sheriff's Department is to enhance the quality of life in Lake County by serving and protecting our community through excellent law enforcement services. We are proud of the services we provide and equally proud of the confidence the public has in us and our capabilities. Together we will make a difference, and in so doing preserve the quality of life we all enjoy, not only for ourselves, but for future generations as well.

John Buncich, Lake County Sheriff




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2/22/2017 - Lake County Sheriff John Buncich announced today that the Indiana Sheriff’s Association will again be awarding college scholarships to qualified high school seniors or college students who are pursuing a degree in criminal justice studies. There will be approximately 40 scholarships, in the amount of $500 each, awarded throughout the state. Applications can be downloaded at the Indiana Sheriff’s Association website at www.indianasheriffs.org and are due April 1, 2017.  Click to download application


1/23/2017 - The Lake County Sheriff’s Department has three detectives assigned to the Sex Offender Division. Their job is to locate convicted violent and sex offenders and ensure compliance with legal registration requirements. Failing to comply with offender registration laws carries felony charges in the State of Indiana.  In 2016, the Lake County Sheriff’s Department filed 308 felony charges for Lake County Violent and Sex Offenders who failed to comply with legal registration requirements.  Click for more info...


1/17/2017 - The Lake County Sheriff’s Department Animal Control and Adoption Center is seeking donations for animal shelter operations. Recently, an outbreak of canine influenza caused the shelter to close for several weeks. The necessary quarantine and treatment has been costly. The animal shelter runs almost entirely on donations, and the Lake County Sheriff’s Department expresses its deepest gratitude for the generosity that makes these efforts possible. Please consider donating to the animal shelter. You may donate in person or call 219-769-7016 for other options. Again, thank you for your generosity!


1/5/2014The year 2016 was the most successful on record for the Lake County Drug Task Force. The Lake County Drug Task Force includes a narcotics and gang unit. Their work this past year resulted in 289 arrests, 164 felony charges, 213 misdemeanor charges, and the total recovery of over $1.26 million estimated street value in illegal drugs.  Click for more info...





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