Porter County Sheriff's Office

Porter County Sheriff's Office The Porter County Sheriff’s Department is committed to protect the lives, property, and rights of all people, to maintain order, and to enforce the laws.

The Porter County Sheriff’s Department is committed to protect the lives, property and rights of all people, to maintain order, and to enforce the laws. The Porter County Sheriff’s Department will strive to accomplish this mission by setting goals and objectives and practicing the values of the Department. The Porter County Sheriff’s Department is responsible for the professional care and custody of those confined in our jail, the security of our courts and the prompt investigation of crime when it occurs. It is our mission to improve and maintain the quality of life we enjoy and to ensure that our county is a safe place to live, work, and visit. We are totally dedicated to this mission, to the County we serve, and to accepting the responsibility of attaining our goal of achieving excellence within our profession.

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Reminder! Porter County Sheriff’s Office is currently looking for motivated women and men to serve our great community -...
05/27/2021

Reminder!

Porter County Sheriff’s Office is currently looking for motivated women and men to serve our great community - start your new career with us!

Applications for our Patrol division are available and are due tomorrow by 4:00 P.M.

Reminder!

Porter County Sheriff’s Office is currently looking for motivated women and men to serve our great community - start your new career with us!

Applications for our Patrol division are available and are due tomorrow by 4:00 P.M.

The Porter County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in locating wanted subject, Stacy Lynn Johnston.  ...
05/27/2021

The Porter County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in locating wanted subject, Stacy Lynn Johnston. Stacy is 35 years of age, approximately 5'4", 145lbs, Brown Hair, and Green Eyes. She has several tattoos, some visible on her left wrist and hand. She is possibly driving a silver 2004 Saturn Ion.

She is wanted in Porter County for Possession of M**h (Level 6 Felony) and Unlawful Possession of a Syringe (Level 6 Felony). She is also wanted in Lake County for Dangerous Drugs.

Stacy has a history of frequenting Pleasant Valley trailer park in Portage and has a residential history in Wheatfield, IN. She has a history of working in the hotel industry.

If you have any information please contact our Office via our Submit a Tip or text messages to 219-309-7760. Thank you!

Thank you for all of the interest - our Northwest Regional Sheriff’s Camp is now full!
05/24/2021

Thank you for all of the interest - our Northwest Regional Sheriff’s Camp is now full!

Thank you for all of the interest - our Northwest Regional Sheriff’s Camp is now full!

***UPDATE:  Mr. O’Hara has been located.  Thank you for everyone’s help in this matter!***A Statewide Silver Alert has b...
05/18/2021

***UPDATE: Mr. O’Hara has been located. Thank you for everyone’s help in this matter!***

A Statewide Silver Alert has been declared.

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the disappearance of John O’Hara, a 75-year-old, white male, 5'9" tall, 200lbs, white hair with brown eyes, last seen wearing an older Chicago Cubs hat, dark blue windbreaker vest with no sleeves, blue jeans or black sweat pants, dark brown work boots, and driving a 2014 brown Honda CRV with Indiana license plate 96V4.

He was last seen today, May 17, 2021, at approximately 10:00 am. He is believed to be in danger and may require medical assistance.

If you have any information please contact the Porter County Central Communications at 219-477-3170 or 911.

On Saturday, Cpl. McFalls was honored to accept an invitation from the Lakes of Four Seasons Winfield Little League - Ch...
05/17/2021

On Saturday, Cpl. McFalls was honored to accept an invitation from the Lakes of Four Seasons Winfield Little League - Challenger Division, for a morning game of baseball.

It was a great opportunity to meet some wonderful and gifted players from the community. McFalls’ favorite moment of the day was when he was pitching and an athlete that was up to bat asked, “What’s your mom’s name again!?!” The laughter that followed echoed through Cleveland Park!

We hope you enjoy a few pictures from the day - Special thanks to Regina Wagoner for organizing the event and inviting us. We are already looking forward to next year!

****UPDATE:  Both subjects have been located and are safe.  Thank you for all of the tips and help in this matter.****Th...
05/15/2021

****UPDATE: Both subjects have been located and are safe. Thank you for all of the tips and help in this matter.****

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office has begun a missing persons investigation for the following two individuals from Valparaiso, IN (Washington Township): Jessica Allison (DOB 10/1/98) and daughter Aislin Grace Allison (DOB 8/30/16).

​Both were last heard from on a video call with Jessica’s husband around 7:00 p.m on 5/14/2021. The husband is an over the road truck driver and was out of state at the time of the call. The family of these two are very concerned – please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this time.

If you have seen either of these individuals or know their whereabouts, please contact Porter County Central Communications at 219-477-3170 or 911. A recent photo of Jessica and Aislin is attached.

The incident is currently under investigation and we have no further information at this time. Thank you.

****UPDATE: Both subjects have been located and are safe. Thank you for all of the tips and help in this matter.****

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office has begun a missing persons investigation for the following two individuals from Valparaiso, IN (Washington Township): Jessica Allison (DOB 10/1/98) and daughter Aislin Grace Allison (DOB 8/30/16).

​Both were last heard from on a video call with Jessica’s husband around 7:00 p.m on 5/14/2021. The husband is an over the road truck driver and was out of state at the time of the call. The family of these two are very concerned – please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this time.

If you have seen either of these individuals or know their whereabouts, please contact Porter County Central Communications at 219-477-3170 or 911. A recent photo of Jessica and Aislin is attached.

The incident is currently under investigation and we have no further information at this time. Thank you.

2021 Northwest Regional Sheriff’s Camp is approaching quickly!  We look forward to this year’s group, it’s going to be a...
05/14/2021

2021 Northwest Regional Sheriff’s Camp is approaching quickly! We look forward to this year’s group, it’s going to be a blast!!

Applications and waivers are located here:
https://www.portercountysheriff.com/events

Applications are being accepted through July 9.

2021 Northwest Regional Sheriff’s Camp is approaching quickly! We look forward to this year’s group, it’s going to be a blast!!

Applications and waivers are located here:
https://www.portercountysheriff.com/events

Applications are being accepted through July 9.

Kouts Elementary Student Council held a fundraiser for our K9 division and delivered boxes of treats and toys for the do...
05/12/2021

Kouts Elementary Student Council held a fundraiser for our K9 division and delivered boxes of treats and toys for the dogs! Thank you so much for thinking of us and thank you to all that donated to the K-9 unit!

Kouts Elementary Student Council held a fundraiser for our K9 division and delivered boxes of treats and toys for the dogs! Thank you so much for thinking of us and thank you to all that donated to the K-9 unit!

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is currently accepting applications for Probationary Patrol Officer.  ***This is an a...
05/10/2021

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is currently accepting applications for Probationary Patrol Officer. ***This is an accelerated hiring process, the chosen applicant will attend the Academy in August 2021***

Applications may be picked up at the Porter County Sheriff’s Office - Monday through Friday between 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. and will also be available on the Sheriff’s Office website: www.portercountysheriff.com

Applications must be returned in person or by mail to the Sheriff’s Office by 4:00 P.M. on Friday, May 28, 2021.

Questions can be directed to Cpl. Benjamin McFalls at 219-477-3102 or email to: [email protected].

Thank you!!

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is currently accepting applications for Probationary Patrol Officer. ***This is an accelerated hiring process, the chosen applicant will attend the Academy in August 2021***

Applications may be picked up at the Porter County Sheriff’s Office - Monday through Friday between 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. and will also be available on the Sheriff’s Office website: www.portercountysheriff.com

Applications must be returned in person or by mail to the Sheriff’s Office by 4:00 P.M. on Friday, May 28, 2021.

Questions can be directed to Cpl. Benjamin McFalls at 219-477-3102 or email to: [email protected].

Thank you!!

Yesterday Cpl. Graf, Ofc. Reynolds, and Cpl. McFalls went to Washington Township School to demonstrate “Goggles and Cart...
05/08/2021

Yesterday Cpl. Graf, Ofc. Reynolds, and Cpl. McFalls went to Washington Township School to demonstrate “Goggles and Carts” to show the dangers of drunk driving.

All three are members of the Porter County Substance Abuse Council, who provides the goggles and rents the golf carts through Wiers in Valparaiso. Special thanks to Kyle Jansma who is always great to work with at Wiers.

Thank you to Principal Lipinski and Principal George of Morgan Township, who recently had the demonstration for his students. Next week - Valparaiso High School!

May 5, 2021 - The Porter County Sheriff’s Office held our annual Memorial Service at the Expo Center.  It was more than ...
05/07/2021

May 5, 2021 - The Porter County Sheriff’s Office held our annual Memorial Service at the Expo Center. It was more than refreshing to get together as it had been two years, due to covid.

We are so thankful for the community that we serve and the support that they have shown and continue to show us. Here are a few photos from the day. Credit to Doug Ross for many of these pictures.

Yesterday, the Sheriff’s Office held our yearly memorial service / inspection.  It has long been a tradition to provide ...
05/06/2021

Yesterday, the Sheriff’s Office held our yearly memorial service / inspection. It has long been a tradition to provide an essay question to the youth in our community through the schools. This year‘s question was, “What is your favorite police specialty and why?”

The first place winner for 5th grade was Julian Blevins from John Simatovich Elementary. His favorite specialty was the K-9 unit, but his writing covered so much more. Julian was able to attend the service to read his work aloud. He did a fantastic job and his essay was a joy to read.

The second photograph was taken by Doug Ross of the Times and used with permission, thank you Mr Ross!

Expect more photos from the service tomorrow!

**Update: Subject is now in custody, thank you!**The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the assistance of the pub...
05/06/2021

**Update: Subject is now in custody, thank you!**

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the assistance of the public in locating wanted subject John Grdinich.

John is approximately 6’ / 240lbs...brown hair / brown eyes...has several tattoos on both arms as shown. John has a history of working construction jobs, and is believed to be in the company of his wife, Amanda Grdinich (McDowell), and the two should be in the company of a young female juvenile as well.

They are likely traveling in a silver 2007 Jeep Compass four-door vehicle. John is wanted on two separate warrants, Failure to Comply for Violation of Drug Court for Possession of a Syringe (Felony Level 6), and for Failure to Comply for Violation of Drug Court for Possession of a Narcotic Drug (Felony Level 6) and Operating While Intoxicated - Endangering (A-Misdemeanor). The subjects are believed to be staying around the northern Indiana area between hotels and with friends.

Tips can be submitted via Submit a Tip or texts to 219-309-7760. Thank You!

The Porter County Sheriff's Office is seeking information on a hit and run crash that occurred Saturday night on US High...
05/04/2021

The Porter County Sheriff's Office is seeking information on a hit and run crash that occurred Saturday night on US Highway 6 west of Meridian Road at approximately 11:00 p.m.

The suspect vehicle is either a maroon / red, 2013 or 2014 Chevrolet Cruze with a passenger side mirror missing.

If you have any information regarding this case please contact Detective Sgt. Spicer at 219-477-3138.

The Porter County Sheriff's Office is seeking information on a hit and run crash that occurred Saturday night on US Highway 6 west of Meridian Road at approximately 11:00 p.m.

The suspect vehicle is either a maroon / red, 2013 or 2014 Chevrolet Cruze with a passenger side mirror missing.

If you have any information regarding this case please contact Detective Sgt. Spicer at 219-477-3138.

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is honored to announce that we were nominated, and have now been selected for, the 20...
04/30/2021

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is honored to announce that we were nominated, and have now been selected for, the 2021 Partners for Clean Air Municipal Award.

In July of 2020 we announced the addition of 11 new hybrid vehicles to our fleet that were acquired with the assistance of funds from the Indiana Office of Energy Development’s Indiana Rural Energy Innovation grant program. We were very excited to partner with South Shore Clean Cities who wrote the successful grant application and serves as the project manager. From the beginning they have been great to work with.

The vehicles were purchased from Lake Shore Motors (now Bosak) in Burns Harbor and they will be fueled with E15 from Valparaiso based, Family Express. E15 is a renewable, domestic fuel containing 15% ethanol, which is produced in Indiana.

Sheriff Reynolds was quoted as saying, “The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is honored to receive the 2021 Partners for Clean Air Municipal Award from the Northwest Indiana Partners for Clean Air. As Sheriff of Porter County, I am grateful for the opportunity to partner with PCA and do our part to improve not only air quality, but public health in Porter County. So far, the Porter County Sheriff’s Office is saving over $2,000 per vehicle in gas consumption savings every year. The action plan of having the entire police fleet completely Hybrid is on schedule.”

We cannot say thank you enough for this Award and all of the people that helped make this project come to life.

Our Office will be participating in the DEA National RX Take Back Day this Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.  This is a gre...
04/24/2021

Our Office will be participating in the DEA National RX Take Back Day this Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. This is a great way to dispose of unused prescriptions and keep them from ending up in the wrong hands.

A list of other locations near you can be found here: https://takebackday.dea.gov/?fbclid=IwAR2zGxmT6QQ8RZ80LbfILOSQzdsBgirhsiR4WiPhgAucK-f8eJavoaL42WA

Our Office will be participating in the DEA National RX Take Back Day this Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. This is a great way to dispose of unused prescriptions and keep them from ending up in the wrong hands.

A list of other locations near you can be found here: https://takebackday.dea.gov/?fbclid=IwAR2zGxmT6QQ8RZ80LbfILOSQzdsBgirhsiR4WiPhgAucK-f8eJavoaL42WA

***UPDATE:  The subject is now in custody, thank you!***The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the assistance of...
04/22/2021

***UPDATE: The subject is now in custody, thank you!***

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the assistance of the public in locating the below wanted individual:

- Christal Ann Harder (40 years old)
- 5’01” / 140lbs - blonde hair / hazel eyes
- Tattoo of pink heart with fringe detail on right hand, and an Old English style 'C" on her left hand
- Sometimes wears eyeglasses
- No known vehicle or occupation, and has formerly resided in Valparaiso, Gary, Portage, and Hobart
- Believed to still be in the Lake and Porter County areas
- Christal is wanted for Failure to Comply (Probation Violation) for Unlawful Possession of Syringe Felony Level 6, as well as Failure to Appear on a hearing to revoke probation for Possession of M**h Felony Level 6 and Possession of Controlled Substance A-Misdemeanor

Anonymous tips can be sent via "Submit a Tip" in our app or via text message to 219-309-7760.

Thank you!

***CHILD HAS BEEN LOCATED***The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is actively searching the area of 950 S and 150 W in Kout...
04/19/2021

***CHILD HAS BEEN LOCATED***

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is actively searching the area of 950 S and 150 W in Kouts, for a missing 2-year-old, Zachery. He was last seen at approximately 8:15 p.m. wearing black pants, a gray / black shirt, no shoes.

If you see him please contact dispatch immediately at 219-477-3170. Also, if you have video footage in the area please check back to the above time. If you have any footage that you believe would help locate the child please call dispatch.

Please keep the family of Zachery in your prayers as we continue to search.

Thank you!

***CHILD HAS BEEN LOCATED***

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is actively searching the area of 950 S and 150 W in Kouts, for a missing 2-year-old, Zachery. He was last seen at approximately 8:15 p.m. wearing black pants, a gray / black shirt, no shoes.

If you see him please contact dispatch immediately at 219-477-3170. Also, if you have video footage in the area please check back to the above time. If you have any footage that you believe would help locate the child please call dispatch.

Please keep the family of Zachery in your prayers as we continue to search.

Thank you!

The Porter County Sheriff's Office is now accepting applications for Jail Officers.  Please see the attached picture for...
04/16/2021

The Porter County Sheriff's Office is now accepting applications for Jail Officers. Please see the attached picture for more information. Thank you!

The Porter County Sheriff's Office is now accepting applications for Jail Officers. Please see the attached picture for more information. Thank you!

We are pleased to announce Captain Ryan Taylor was nominated and selected as the 2020 Correctional Officer of the Year b...
04/15/2021

We are pleased to announce Captain Ryan Taylor was nominated and selected as the 2020 Correctional Officer of the Year by the Indiana Sheriffs' Association. Taylor is a graduate of Valparaiso High School and went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University Northwest.

Captain Taylor began his career with the Sheriff's Office in July of 2001. He quickly became known as a team player and through the years rose to the rank of Captain. He resides in Valparaiso with his wonderful family, wife, Holly, and two children.

Captain Taylor was honored to receive the award and remarked how it reflected the work ethic of the entire Jail Staff. He thanked Sheriff Reynolds and Jail Commander Lawrence.

Please join us in congratulating Captain Taylor!

We are pleased to announce Captain Ryan Taylor was nominated and selected as the 2020 Correctional Officer of the Year by the Indiana Sheriffs' Association. Taylor is a graduate of Valparaiso High School and went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University Northwest.

Captain Taylor began his career with the Sheriff's Office in July of 2001. He quickly became known as a team player and through the years rose to the rank of Captain. He resides in Valparaiso with his wonderful family, wife, Holly, and two children.

Captain Taylor was honored to receive the award and remarked how it reflected the work ethic of the entire Jail Staff. He thanked Sheriff Reynolds and Jail Commander Lawrence.

Please join us in congratulating Captain Taylor!

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