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



"Pets of the Week" are adoptable from the Lake County Sheriff's Animal Shelter.   Click here to view


7-21-2014  The CAPS Implementation Office of the Chicago Police Department recently presented honorary commendations to Lake County Correctional Officers LaTonya Johnson and Delano Scaife as well Lake County Police Officer David Murchek.  Click for photo

7-3-2014 The Lake County Sheriff's Department is now accepting applications for the position of Correction Officer in the Lake County Jail.  You can download a copy of the application here or you can apply in person at the Lake County Sheriff's Department located at 2293 N Main Street, Crown Point, IN 46307.  Click for application

5-10-2014 A road dedication ceremony was held on Saturday May 3, 2014 in Lowell Indiana to honor Officer Paul Winfield Mitchell.  Officer Mitchell was killed in a single-car accident while responding to a call for service at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 12, 1999.  The crash that killed Officer Mitchell was at State Rd 2 and Austin Avenue in Lowell, Indiana.  Officer Mitchell was 24 years old with one year of service at the time of his death.  The intersection of State Road 2 and Austin Avenue is the area to be named in his honor.  The dedication is sponsored by the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, Fraternal Order of Police Chris Anton Lodge 125, Lake County Police Association Local #72 AFL/CIO, and the Town of Lowell. Click to view images  Click to view images

5-5-2014  Sheriff John Buncich today announced the 35th annual Indiana Sheriff’s Association Youth Leadership Camp will be held in June and July again this year.  The Indiana Sheriff’s Association Youth Leadership Camp is a program provided by the Indiana Sheriff’s Association for girls and boys who are currently in the 7th or 8th grade of school and are interested in learning more about a possible career in law enforcement.  Click for more details  Click for application

4-16-2014  Please join the Lake County Sheriff's Animal Control & Adoption Center for a 10 mile bicycle ride fund raiser on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Oak Ridge Prairie County Park in Griffith.  The cost of the ride is $20 and includes a t-shirt, lunch and live entertainment.  Please call 219-769-7016 for more information.  Click for more details   Click for flyer

2-13-2014  Sheriff John Buncich announced the Lake County Sheriff’s Department is providing two $500 college scholarships to local students.  The scholarships are open to all Lake County, Indiana high school graduating students who plan to major in criminal justice, forensics studies, pre-law or a related field.  The deadline to apply is March 15, 2013.  Click for more details

2-3-2014  Within the last week the Lake County Sheriff’s Department has received reports of a scam directed toward senior citizens. The male subject that calls the seniors on the telephone identifies himself as Dan Brown (or some other fictitious name) of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department.  He then advises the citizen that they have an active warrant for their arrest and that they’ve missed their court date in addition to stating the amount of their fine that’s due.  Click for more details

1-27-2014  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 - $500 scholarships awarded to qualifying students throughout the state.  Click for more details  Click for application

Volunteer Opportunity - The Lake County Sheriff’s Department is currently recruiting volunteers for the Protective Order Assistance Program, which is designed to assist victims of domestic/family violence, sexual assault, and stalking.  Volunteers must pass a background check and also complete 5 hours of training.  Volunteers will be assigned to work a 4 hour shift in either the Crown Point or Gary Courthouse and select which courthouse they want to work at.  The volunteer will help victims complete the petition for the protective order, develop a safety plan and make them aware of resources available to assist them during this crucial period of their lives.  Click to download application



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