COMMAND STAFF

 

Uniform Patrol Division

Commander Scott Bock began his career with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department in 1996. Commander Bock has served as Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Patrol Sergeant, K9 Handler, K9 Trainer, Tactical Team Member, Lake County Drug Task Force Sergeant, and Gang Crimes Unit Supervisor.

Commander Bock is a graduate of Edison Sr. High School, enlisted in the United States Navy serving in Desert Shield/Storm (90/91) and in Somalia (93), is a graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield, Indiana, and is a certified police canine trainer through Vohne Liche Kennels in Denver, Indiana.

 

Deputy Commander Bradley Bosse began his law enforcement career with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. Deputy Commander Bosse has served as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Traffic Reconstructionist, Sergeant, Lieutenant and is an active member of the Lake County Honor Guard.

Deputy Commander Bosse is a lifelong resident and graduate of Crown Point High School, attended Vincennes University, the Institute of Police Technology, and is a graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield, Indiana.

 

 

Deputy Commander Dan Murchek began his career in law enforcement in 1985 with the Hebron Indiana Police Department where he did road patrol and with the Porter County Narcotic Unit.  In 1987 Dan joined the Dyer Indiana Police Department where he worked first as a Patrol Officer, then as the towns first K-9 officer. In 1995 Dan joined the Lake County Sheriff’s Department. While at the LCSD Deputy Commander Murchek has worked in Patrol Division, the K-9 Unit, the Gang Crimes Unit, Work Release, Civil Division, and the Detective Bureau.  Deputy Commander Murchek has held the rank of Corporal, Sergeant and was Deputy Chief of police from 2011 to 2017.

Deputy Commander Murchek attended Thornton Community College and Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Plainfield, Indiana along with numerous training schools over the years.

 

Criminal Investigation Division

Commander Michael Stewart brings over 17 years of law enforcement experience to the Criminal Investigations Division. After beginning his career with the Hobart Police Department, Commander Stewart joined the Lake County Sheriff’s Department in 2005 to follow in his father’s footsteps, a retired Lake County Police Lieutenant with 26 years of service.

During his career at the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, Commander Stewart has been a member of the Lake County S.W.A.T. Team, has been an active supervisor in the patrol division, and has worked in and supervised both the Gang Intelligence Unit, and the Highway Interdiction Unit.

Commander Stewart is a graduate of Merrillville High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Joseph’s College. In addition, Commander Stewart is an honors graduate of Valparaiso University School of Law with the degree of juris doctor, and currently maintains an active license as a member of the Indiana State Bar.

Deputy Commander Joseph Hardiman began his career in law enforcement with Lake County Sheriff's Department in 2003.  Deputy Commander Hardiman has served the Sheriff's Department and the people of Lake County as a Patrol Officer, Highway Interdiction Unit Detective, Patrol Corporal, Criminal Investigation Detective Sergeant, Lake County Metropolitan Homicide Unit Detective Sergeant, Tactical Team Member, Firearm Instructor, Training Coordinator, and Motor Officer.  

Deputy Commander Hardiman is a lifelong resident of Lake County and attended Andrean High School, Purdue University, and the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. 

 

Drug Task Force

Commander Alfred A. Villarreal has been employed by the LCPD since 2000.   Alfred will be entering his 18th year with the Lake County Sheriff's department in October 2017.   Alfred has served 10 years with the Lake County Drug Task Force.   Alfred has served in the Highway Interdiction unit, Gang Unit, and Narcotics Unit.  Alfred was also assigned to the DEA HIDTA office for 2 years.   Alfred has served in the Lake County Patrol division as a officer and recently as a Sergeant Supervisor.  

Commander Villarreal will be the head of the Highway Interdiction Unit, High Crime-Gang Unit and the Narcotics Division.

Alfred Villarreal is a graduate of Bishop Noll Institute 1995 and a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington 1999 and the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.

Deputy Commander Tyrone Douglas was sworn in as a member of the Lake County Police Dept. In April of 1988. Initially assigned to the Uniformed Patrol Division, Deputy Commander Douglas served as a Patrol Officer and a K-9 Police Dog Handler for eight years with his K-9 partners “Bart” and “Putz.” Deputy Commander Douglas has served as a Field Training Officer, Patrol Corporal, Patrol Sergeant, and a Patrol Lieutenant. Deputy Commander Douglas Served the citizens of Lake County and the State of Indiana as a Uniformed Patrol Officer for a total of sixteen years.

Deputy Commander Douglas has served the Sheriff’s Department while assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division as a Warrant Service Investigator, Gang Unit Officer as well as a Sex Offender and Violent Crimes Registry Investigator. 

Deputy Commander Douglas has also served the citizens of Lake County as a Civil Division Officer where he executed the court orders of various judicial courts and supervised the activities of other Civil Officers.

Deputy Commander Douglas has worked as a gang, drug, and violent crimes Investigator while assigned to a Federal Task Force for a period of nine and a half years. During that time, Deputy Commander Douglas participated in the investigations of multiple individuals involved in illegal drug trafficking, gang related crimes, homicides, bank robberies, abductions, extortion, and theft.  

Deputy Commander Douglas is a graduate of Roosevelt High School in the City of Gary, Indiana as well as the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield, Indiana. 

 

Crime Scene Investigations (CSI)

Deputy Commander Kevin Judge was hired by the Lake County Police Department on July 01, 1975.  He is a graduate of Lew Wallace High School in Gary, Indiana, the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield, Indiana and a graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelors of General Studies (concentration in Criminal Justice).  Deputy Commander Judge is also a member of an international forensic organization, the Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners. 

He has served in the following assignments: Jail Floor Officer, Inmate Booking Officer, Jail Transportation Officer, Warden’s Office Record Keeping Officer, Telecommunications Officer and Patrol Officer.  Deputy Commander Judge had further served as a supervisor in the Bureau of Identification records bureau and then returned to the Patrol Division as a supervisor and Field Training Officer.  He continued his law enforcement career in the Sheriff’s Crime Scene Investigations Unit as a supervisor of the Firearms Examination Section. 

After twenty-two (22) years as senior Firearms Examiner and supervisor he was elevated to manager of the Sheriff’s CSI Unit on January 1, 2011.  Deputy Commander Kevin Judge has held the ranks of Patrolman, Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and holds the merit rank of Captain while being appointed Deputy Commander on January 7, 2013.

 

Special Victims Unit (SVU)

Commander Sharon Bennett began her career with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department in1976 as a patrol officer assigned to the Lake County Jail.  In the mid 1990’s, she developed The Lake County Sheriff’s Department Domestic Violence Unit, this unit acted as the catalyst for the development and implementation of the Criminal Investigations-Special Victims Unit, which she currently supervises. 

Commander Bennett has held supervisory positions in Criminal Investigations, Juvenile, Patrol, and Civil Divisions.  Her departmental assignments have included the Lake County Jail, Telecommunications and Property Management.   She serves on boards and organizations locally and has received many commendations and recognitions throughout her career.

Sharon is a Gary resident and is a graduate of Horace Mann High School in Gary and holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Safety from Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting.  She is a graduate of the 46th basic training class at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.  She has supported and been actively involved in the Fraternal Order of Police, AFL-CIO Police Union, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, South Shore Leadership Center- Leadership Northwest Indiana Class 34, Northwest Indiana Federal Human Trafficking Task Force, Lake County Child Fatality Review Team, Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team, Lake County Child Protection Team, Lake County Task Force on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and The Northwest Community Action Coalition.

 

Civil Division

Deputy Commander Ron Ladd is a lifelong resident of Lake county Indiana. Ron grew up in Gary, IN. and graduated from Lew Wallace high school.

Ron served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman from 1982 until 1985.Ron served overseas as part of his duties.

Ron was hired by the Lake County Sheriff's Dept. corrections Division July of 1986 where he worked for four years. Then in July of 1990 he was hired by the Lake County Sheriffs Police Department. Ron graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in November of 1990.

Ron has worked in the Patrol Division, Warrant Division, he was also a member of the Lake County Sheriff's Dept. Tactical Team . Ron Ladd served for seven years in the Lake County Sheriff's Dept. Civil Division prior to being selected as the Divisions Deputy Commander.

Deputy Commander Ron Ladd is a 2005 graduate of Northwestern University, Police school of Staff and Command. Ron is also currently pursuing a degree in Law Enforcement management through Calumet College in Whiting Indiana.

 

Staff Services Division

Commander John Gruszka began his law enforcement career with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department in 1998.  He recently spent the past 3 years serving the Lake County Sheriff’s Department as the Commander of Criminal Investigations and as the Deputy Commander of Staff Services.  Prior to serving in the command staff, Commander Gruszka spent 14 years in the Special Victim’s Unit where he investigated crimes against children cases, crimes committed by children, domestic related crimes, and sexual assaults.  He is a trained Child Forensic Interview and he has interviewed over 1,000 children who have been sexually and physically abused. 

He grew up in Hammond and attended Morton High School.  He is a graduate of Purdue University Calumet and he obtained a Master’s Degree from Calumet College of St. Joseph’s in Whiting, Indiana.   

He is currently serving the Lake County Police Department as the Commander of the Staff Services Division. 

 

Deputy Commander Thomas Hyde began his law enforcement career in 1990 with the Lake County Sheriff's department. Deputy Commander Hyde has served in the Patrol division as a patrolman and as a sergeant, Deputy Commander Hyde has also served in the narcotics division, gang unit, member and current Leader of the swat team, motor officer, and civil division. 

Deputy Commander Hyde is a lifelong resident of Lake County and is a graduate of Lakeland College and the Indiana Law enforcement academy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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