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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8/14/2017 - LCSD detectives are attempting to identify a subject who has been photographed several times stealing electrical wire from new residential construction sites located on the west side of Lake County, IN.  Please see the attached photographs. The suspect appears to be a white male with thin build and thinning brown hair.  It is believed that the subject has previous experience with electrical equipment due to the manner in which the materials are removed from the sites. Anyone with information regarding this subject or the thefts that have occurred from local construction sites is asked to contact Detective Michelle Dvorscak of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigations Division at 219-755-3346. To remain anonymous, call the Sheriff’s Department Report-A-Crime Hotline at 800-750-2746.  Click for photos...


7/25/2017 - Sheriff John Buncich urges the residents of Lake County to be aware of the risks of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients becoming missing persons. If someone in your family suffers from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it is important to understand they are at risk of wandering and getting lost.  People who suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia can forget how to get to familiar places and sometimes believe they need to be somewhere else such as at a past job. If a loved one with one of these conditions wanders away from home or becomes lost, it is crucial to have a plan.  Click for more info...


7/12/2017 - The Lake County Sheriff's Department is proud to endorse Americans Against All Distracted Driving (AAADD).  AAADD is a campaign to bring attention to the dangers of distracted driving including texting and driving.  Every year thousands of people die as a result of distracted driving and each one of these tragedies can be avoided.


6/8/2017 - Stevce Rajcinoski, 36 of Crown Point, has been formally charged through the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office in reference to the May 3, 2017 search warrant, which resulted in the confiscation of 68 canines from a property in Lake County.  Rajcinoski has been charged with 11 counts of felony animal mutilation, 72 counts of animal neglect, 11 counts of practicing veterinary medicine without a license, and one count of failing to register as a commercial breeder with the State of Indiana. Rojcinoski is not yet in custody.  Click for more info...


5/9/2017 - The Lake County Sheriff’s Department participated in the annual Bi-State Blitz operation on May 4, 2017. This operation is a multijurisdictional mission conducted by police departments in Indiana and Illinois to target violent, narcotics and weapons offenders. The Lake County Sheriff’s Department partnered with Hammond Police, East Chicago Police, Whiting Police, Gary Police, Indiana State Police, United States Marshals, Griffith Police, Highland Police, Munster Police, and Transit Police on the Indiana side of the border. Participating agencies in Illinois included Chicago Police, Cook County Sheriff’s Department, and Illinois State Police. Click for more info...


5/3/2017 - On May 3, 2017 the Lake County Sheriff’s Department took custody of 68 dogs from a residence in unincorporated Cedar Lake. The dogs were being held in unsanitary, crowded hoarding conditions and are now located at the Lake County Animal Adoption and Control Center. The Lake County Animal Adoption and Control Center now has over 100 dogs in the facility, and the facility is in need of donations to sustain this volume. Shelter staff kindly asks the public to come forward with the following donations:

·         Monetary – checks or cash to be addressed to the Lake County Animal Adoption and

          Control Center and mailed or dropped off in person

·         Unopened dog food (canned or bagged)

·         Bleach and detergents

·         Blankets

·         Towels, rags, or washcloths

·         Dog food bowls

For information on adopting pets, please contact Lake County Animal Adoption and Control Center via the Lake County Sheriff’s Department website.  Click for more info...   Click for photos...




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