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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Sheriff David Reynolds announced today that the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association will again be awarding college scholarship...
01/08/2021

Sheriff David Reynolds announced today that the Indiana Sheriffs’ 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 - $750 scholarships awarded to qualifying students throughout the state.

The Indiana Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship Fund was established for the purpose of receiving, investing and dispensing of funds to provide college scholarships to qualified students who are committed to pursuing an education and career in the law enforcement field.

To qualify for one of these scholarships, the applicant must be an Indiana resident, be a current member of the association or a dependent child or grandchild of a current member of the association, attend an Indiana college or university, major in a law enforcement field and enroll as a full-time student (12 hours).

Applications needed to apply for the scholarships are available from your high school counselor or the Sheriff’s Office. The scholarship application can also be downloaded from the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association website: www.indianasheriffs.org. The applications must be completed and received by the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association on or before April 1, 2021.

Sheriff Reynolds and other members of our Office were thankful to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine this morning.Sheriff trav...
01/05/2021

Sheriff Reynolds and other members of our Office were thankful to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine this morning.

Sheriff traveled to Methodist Hospital - North Lake campus to receive the vaccine. The staff there were incredible and timely. We are grateful for all who came together to provide this vaccine quickly to First Responders.

On today’s date at approximately 10:00 a.m., Sheriff Reynolds took great pleasure in presenting Lt. Van Kley with the Me...
12/21/2020

On today’s date at approximately 10:00 a.m., Sheriff Reynolds took great pleasure in presenting Lt. Van Kley with the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions while assisting Porter Fire Department with an active blaze on September 10, 2020, in which a family was trapped inside a home. Sgt. Piazza and Sgt. Murray were also given Life Saving Awards for their critical roles in the incident.

Lt. Van Kley had heard the call for service come out over the police scanner and immediately responded to the area with Sgt. Piazza and Sgt. Murray to assist Porter Fire. Upon arriving, he heard screams from inside the home. Lt. Van Kley jumped into the remnants of the building that had collapsed and was able to remove debris and pull a child from the wreckage. He then responded to a different area of the home and could be heard shouting, “All hands on deck” as the Fire and Police began lifting the roof of the home that was currently at ground level. A woman was then pulled from underneath the roof to safety.

Lt. Van Kley was quoted as saying, “It was nothing short of a miracle that we were close by.”
This is only the third time in Department history that the Medal of Honor has been awarded to an Officer.

We also want to recognize the brave Firemen from Porter Fire and the other Police Officers from Porter, Chesterton, Burns Harbor, and Ogden Dunes Police Departments that were also actively helping rescue the family. We also want to commend the citizens in the area that came to aid their fellow neighbors.

12/16/2020

Friendly reminder - please always lock the doors of your vehicle and bring valuables inside your home, this includes the keys to the vehicle, cash, and firearms.

Regarding your home, please always lock your doors at night and when you’re away. Security cameras can be found at relatively low prices. These cameras can also aid in the investigation if a crime occurs.

On February 11, 1999, we lost Officer Timothy Hecht when he suffered a fatal heart attack during a training session for ...
12/15/2020

On February 11, 1999, we lost Officer Timothy Hecht when he suffered a fatal heart attack during a training session for the Porter County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team. He and other Officers were testing to be placed on the new assignment. He had served our Office for eight years.

It is with him in memory, that we are announcing the 16th running of the Foot Pursuit 5K trail run/walk. It will be on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. at the Sunset Hill Farm County Park.

Proceeds from the race fund the Timothy Hecht Scholarship Program, which is awarded every year to several students pursuing a degree in the field of Law Enforcement.

Sign up through the link below.
https://runsignup.com/Race/IN/Valparaiso/FootPursuit5KTrailRace

Also, the Porter County Parks Department opened the “Couch to 5K” training for the Foot Pursuit. Both kids and adults are welcome to join!
https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/portercountyparks/activity/search/detail/1528

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office wants to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.  In addition, we also want to remind reside...
12/09/2020

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office wants to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. In addition, we also want to remind residents to remain vigilant during this time of year. This year is no different from years past where some see this time as an opportunity for criminal acts to benefit themselves at the cost of our great citizens.

“Remember, our number one problem in our county is drug abuse and that drug is heroin. A lot of crime in our county is directly related to drug abuse.” Sheriff David Reynolds

A few things to keep in mind, please always lock the doors of your vehicle and bring valuables inside your home, this includes the keys to the vehicle, cash, and firearms. Regarding your home, please always lock your doors at night and when you’re away. Security cameras can be found at relatively low prices and serve as a deterrent. These cameras can also aid in the investigation if a crime occurs.

Lastly, we want to encourage our community to reach out to those in their family or circle of friends that may be struggling during this time. We are blessed with having many resources available in our County and if you need direction don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 219-477-3102. This year has been a trying one and we are all looking forward to 2021.

12/05/2020

Please take a moment and watch this video explaining Project Lifesaver.

Project Lifesaver is a great program used for seniors and people with special needs who may wander off and become lost. “Bringing your loved ones home” is our ultimate goal.

Special thanks to JBH Productions, Inc. for helping us bring this project to life!

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the following subjects and vehicle ...
12/01/2020

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the following subjects and vehicle in connection with a theft in Liberty Township.

If you have any information please ‘Submit a Tip’ via our website or Sheriff’s App or contact Cpl. McFalls at at 219-477-3102. Thank you!

Ofc. Knapp, Sheriff’s Assistant Mrs. Meyer, and Cpl. McFalls had the pleasure of volunteering for the Salvation Army on ...
11/20/2020

Ofc. Knapp, Sheriff’s Assistant Mrs. Meyer, and Cpl. McFalls had the pleasure of volunteering for the Salvation Army on Monday. Special thanks to Hobby Lobby for allowing the organization to be on-site and providing a place to warm up!

Today, we wanted to wish the United States Marine Corps a happy 245th birthday!  In addition, we wanted to thank our bel...
11/10/2020

Today, we wanted to wish the United States Marine Corps a happy 245th birthday! In addition, we wanted to thank our below employees that served in the military and also the members of Dispatch / IT that we work closely with on a daily basis:

Steve Ford
Tanya Gear
Charles Douthett
Michael Malave
George Nickos
Donald Alyea
Zachary Bozanic
Matthew Cain
Fritz Dorge
John Kuehl
Donald Larr
Steve Lawrence
Stephen Markos
Paul Maxwell
Cherise Parker
Jorge Perez Sr.
Eric Ringer
Trevor Serbin
William Watkins
Cody Willis
Andy Young
Tyler Ball
Chad Barton
Tim Bell
Hunter Blanchard
Nick Brown
Andrew Brunton
Michael Burnison
Aaron Estrada
Chris Jostes
David Murray
Jared Underhill
Chris Winterhaler
Phil Miller
Jim Tapocsi
Angelo Pedroza
Christina Sanders
Matt Reynolds

Dispatch / E911:
Anthony Stua
Sandra Gallegos
Lindsey Lloyd
Jeremy Nemeth

IT Staff:
Pete Kalmuk
Rich Howard

Reference Case # 20-47313, Officers recovered a riding lawn mower in Porter Township recently.  Please check the areas t...
11/04/2020

Reference Case # 20-47313, Officers recovered a riding lawn mower in Porter Township recently. Please check the areas that you keep your mower to see if yours is missing. If you have any information regarding this or to claim your mower, contact our Detective Bureau at 219-477-3140. Thank you!

This is National School Bus Safety Week and the theme this year is "Red Lights Mean STOP!"  We wanted to remind everyone...
10/20/2020

This is National School Bus Safety Week and the theme this year is "Red Lights Mean STOP!" We wanted to remind everyone to be alert when you see a school bus and be prepared to stop. Have a great Tuesday night!

We wanted to advise the public that today, in the area of the Porter County Expo Center, the Bomb Squad will be conducti...
10/20/2020

We wanted to advise the public that today, in the area of the Porter County Expo Center, the Bomb Squad will be conducting training and there will be loud noises. We apologize for the inconvenience!

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10/20/2020

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Thank you Nick Feliciano for these great pictures from Faith and Blue!
10/13/2020

Thank you Nick Feliciano for these great pictures from Faith and Blue!

We wanted to thank Valley Baptist Church for hosting 'Faith and Blue' yesterday.  They were incredibly easy to work with...
10/12/2020

We wanted to thank Valley Baptist Church for hosting 'Faith and Blue' yesterday. They were incredibly easy to work with and a great partner in bringing the community, the faith community, and law enforcement together for a wonderful evening. They even blessed each of the Officers with an unexpected gift. The feeling of support from our community was fantastic and we are continually honored to serve you. Thank you for stopping by!

Also, special thanks to our K9 division for being on hand and running two separate demonstrations for those in attendance.

We hope to see you this Sunday!!
10/06/2020

We hope to see you this Sunday!!

Last week, Officers from the Porter County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Unit and Crime Scene Investigators comp...
09/29/2020

Last week, Officers from the Porter County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Unit and Crime Scene Investigators completed training with the new Faro S70 3D laser scanner.

This scanner was purchased partly with grant funds awarded to the Porter County Sheriff’s Office through the Porter County Substance Abuse Council.

It will assist the specialty units with processing scenes more efficiently and to provide the Prosecutor’s Office with enhanced ways to present fatal crashes and high profile criminal cases. The scanner will provide views from the scene with overview maps, 3D video walkthroughs, and 360-degree photographic documentation. It can now be utilized for fatal and serious bodily injury crashes along with crime scenes throughout Porter County, giving investigators the needed technology to effectively and efficiently document, measure, and reconstruct scenes.

We are grateful to everyone that was a part of this project!

We wanted to advise the public that today, in the area of the Porter County Expo Center, the Bomb Squad will be conducti...
09/22/2020

We wanted to advise the public that today, in the area of the Porter County Expo Center, the Bomb Squad will be conducting training and there will be loud noises. We apologize for the inconvenience!

We are looking forward to our very first Faith & Blue weekend which is scheduled for October 11, 2020 at Valley Baptist ...
09/20/2020

We are looking forward to our very first Faith & Blue weekend which is scheduled for October 11, 2020 at Valley Baptist Church. This is a no cost, family friendly event! We hope to see everyone there!

As with so many things this year, the Day of Caring for United Way of Porter County looked different than in years past,...
09/18/2020

As with so many things this year, the Day of Caring for United Way of Porter County looked different than in years past, but it was still a wonderful day! Thank you to this group that represented our Office and helped clean 3 miles of trails at Sunset Hills Park yesterday.

Sheriff Reynolds has announced the Trick or Treat hours for unincorporated areas of Porter County are 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. o...
09/18/2020

Sheriff Reynolds has announced the Trick or Treat hours for unincorporated areas of Porter County are 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on 10/31/2020. Please stay safe and refer to the Governor’s current order at that time (not released yet) - regarding party sizes and / or mask requirements / recommendations. Thank you!

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office will be having their Annual Car Auction on October 2, 2020.  Engstrom Auction Service...
09/16/2020

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office will be having their Annual Car Auction on October 2, 2020. Engstrom Auction Service will be the auctioneer and will also be advertising online at auction zip and on their Facebook account.

The event will begin with registration starting at 9am and the auction commencing at 10am. The location of the event is 2053 Heavilin Road in Valparaiso, IN.

In the attached pictures you will see the list of vehicles being offered. The vehicles are not available for viewing until the day of the auction.

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is currently accepting applications for Probationary Patrol Officer.  Pre-Employment ...
09/15/2020

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is currently accepting applications for Probationary Patrol Officer. Pre-Employment 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. Pre-Employment Applications must be returned in person or by mail to the Sheriff’s Office by 4:00 P.M. on Friday, October 9, 2020. (A complete application packet will be issued to those that successfully complete this first phase).

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

We wanted to thank Craig and Judy Johnson for this wonderful donation of Beanie Babies!  Sometimes a gift to a child goi...
09/14/2020

We wanted to thank Craig and Judy Johnson for this wonderful donation of Beanie Babies! Sometimes a gift to a child going through a rough time is just what they need. Thank you again!

Never Forget - 09.11.2001 -"Jules, this is Brian.  Listen, I'm on an airplane that's been hijacked.  If things don't go ...
09/11/2020

Never Forget - 09.11.2001 -

"Jules, this is Brian. Listen, I'm on an airplane that's been hijacked.
If things don't go well, and it's not looking good, I just want you to know I absolutely love you, I want you to do good, go have good times. Same to my parents and everybody, and I just totally love you and I'll see you when you get there. Bye, babe. I hope I call you."

Brian Sweeney, passenger of United Airlines Flight 175, phone message to his wife Julie, September 11, 2001.

The Porter County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in locating the following wanted subjects.   If yo...
09/08/2020

The Porter County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in locating the following wanted subjects. If you have any information on the whereabouts of these subjects please 'Submit a Tip' via our website / Sheriff's App. This can be done anonymously. Thank you for your help!

Melissa N. Matlon (35 years of age) 5'2" / 135lbs / Brown Hair / Hazel Eyes

Melissa is wanted for multiple charges in multiple counties, including:
Unlawful possession of a syringe (Felony 6)
Possession of Meth (Felony 6)
Failure to Comply (Probation Violation) - Welfare Fraud (C-Felony, Felony 6)
Failure to Comply (Probation Violation) - Burglary (Felony 4) and Fraud (Felony 6 - 3 counts)
Failure to Comply (Violation of Court Order) - Driving While Suspended Resulting in Bodily Injury (Felony 6)

Melissa is known to frequent the Chesterton, Portage, and Valparaiso areas of Porter County. As well as Whiting, Hammond, and Merrillville areas of Lake County.

Possibly driving a red Saturn vehicle, may be found in the company of Gerardo P. Alcantar, who is also wanted on a Porter County Warrant. He is known to frequent hotels in the Merrillville area.

We wanted to share this letter from Prosecutor Germann regarding the dangers and signs of online predators.  Please take...
08/19/2020

We wanted to share this letter from Prosecutor Germann regarding the dangers and signs of online predators. Please take a moment to read.

Last week we held our 6th annual Northwest Regional Sheriff’s Camp at the Indiana Dunes Park.  We had a smaller group th...
08/11/2020

Last week we held our 6th annual Northwest Regional Sheriff’s Camp at the Indiana Dunes Park. We had a smaller group than normal, but still had a great few days together!

We wanted to thank all of our teammates, supporters, and donors who helped make this year special:

Jasper County Sheriff’s Office (Hamburgers / Water Bottles / provided 3 Camp Counselors)
Lake County Sheriff’s Department (Marine / Air Units)
Indiana DNR Law Enforcement
South Haven Fire Department
Valparaiso Fire Department
Indiana Dunes Park (Donated 3 Dunes Challenge Shirts)
Castognia (Donated ATV for use)
Porter County Substance Abuse Council (Donated gift cards / supplied golf cart)
Union Township School Corporation (Donated buses for use)
Skyline Snowie (Donated time and 3 days worth of snow cones)
Gelsosomo's Pizzeria Portage (Donated 15 pizzas)

Porter County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in locating a wanted subject.  If you have any informa...
08/06/2020

Porter County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in locating a wanted subject. If you have any information on the whereabouts of this subject please 'Submit a Tip' via our website / Sheriff's App / or texts can be sent to 219-309-7760. This can be done anonymously. Thank you for your help!

https://www.portercountysheriff.com/submitatip

Amy Lynn Eaton (5/29/86) is often in the company of her boyfriend, James, and is believed to be residing / frequenting Lake and Porter Counties. She is wanted for Failure to Comply on Charges of Burglary (Level 4 Felony), Possession of a Narcotic Drug (Level 6 Felony), Theft with a Prior Conviction (Level 6 Felony), and Possession of Paraphernalia (C-Misdemeanor). She also has a separate warrant for Failure to Comply on Charges of Invasion of Privacy (A-Misdemeanor) and Possession of Paraphernalia (C-Misdemeanor).

We would like to congratulate Alyssa, Cooper, and Brook for being winners of the Tim Hecht Scholarships from the Fratern...
07/29/2020

We would like to congratulate Alyssa, Cooper, and Brook for being winners of the Tim Hecht Scholarships from the Fraternal Order of Police Ewalt Jahnz Lodge #165!

Porter County Sheriff’s Officer Timothy Hecht, Unit #47, was an eight year veteran of PCSO and suffered a massive heart attack while on a training exercise for the newly formed Emergency Response Team in 1999. The $1,000 scholarships are solely funded by proceeds from the annual Foot Pursuit 5K.

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