Sheriff Dave Reynolds is announcing his bid to seek a fourth term.
Reynolds, a 45-year
resident of Porter County with a master’s degree in public affairs from
Indiana University, was first elected Sheriff in 1998, re-elected in 2002,
and then elected again in 2014.
“Throughout his law
enforcement career, David Reynolds has taken a collaborative and innovative
approach to police work and has taken pride in being transparent to the
media and to the citizens that he serves,” according to a statement released
on Tuesday by Reynolds’ campaign committee.
Reynolds began his
law enforcement career with the Lake Station Police Department, where he
served five years as a patrol officer, also working undercover and in
investigations, then went to the Portage PD, where over 22 years he served
as officer, investigator, Captain of the Detective Bureau, and finally Chief
“As Sheriff, David
Reynolds has partnered with local, state and federal agencies and
organizations to fight crime,” the statement said. “He implemented programs
that included putting more officers on the street of Porter County, and
protecting school children by putting police officers in all county schools.
He has supported programs focused on domestic violence and senior safety
through the creation of TRIAD. Sheriff Reynolds has shown his commitment to
Porter County by being an active member of Valparaiso Kiwanis, board member
of Indiana Mental Health, and board member of Our Greater Good.”
initiatives, according to the statement:
¥“One County One
Protocol” active shooter system, which has been implemented in the seven
school districts and in every private school in Porter County.
Response Team (HORT), recognized by Gov. Holcomb’s drug czar, Jim
McClelland, Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment and
¥The production of
two videos aimed at increasing awareness of the heroin problem in Porter
County and stressing the importance of education and prevention.
that most crime committed is directly associated with substance abuse,” the
statement said. “With overdoses and overdose deaths increasing, Sheriff
Reynolds has made it clear that his number one priority is attacking the
opioid epidemic by attempting to work in a collaborative three county effort
to identify, arrest, and convict those bringing drugs into Porter County.”
“I am very proud of
the fact that our Sheriff’s office’s strength is its officers, either on
patrol or in investigation,” Reynolds said. “The Porter County Sheriff’s
specialized units, SWAT, K-9, or bomb team personnel, are trained and
capable to handle any type of crime in Porter County.”
Reynolds’s law enforcement career, he has been committed to the people of
Porter County to lead an organization through trust, respect, and
accountability,” the statement said. “If Sheriff Reynolds is fortunate to
obtain the trust of the voters he has pledged his continued commitment to