Bureau of Identification

Bureau Of Identification Office (B of I) is the keeper of the records for the Lake County Sheriff's Department. The Bureau Of Identification Office (B of I) maintains all criminal records, gun permits, accident reports, offense reports, tow releases and registers sex and violent offenders.

Office hours: Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) 8:00am to 4:30pm

Phone numbers: (219) 755-3316 (219) 755-3317 (219) 755-3319 (219) 755-3320
Fax Number: (219) 755-3323

Accident Reports: $15.00 Cash or Money Order. (please allow up 72 hours for report to be completed)

Offense Report: $4.00 Cash or Money Order.

Record Checks: $7.00 Cash or Money Order. Individual seeking a record check on themselves must have a valid drivers license or state identification card.

Mailed In Requests: All local record requests must be accompanied by a copy of a valid drivers license or state identification card, copy of social security card and a notarized, signed release form from the individual named in the record check request. All requests must be typed. There is a $7.00 fee per record request. Personal checks will NOT be accepted. Money orders or company checks only payable to the the Lake County Sheriff.

Mail all requests to:

Bureau of Identification Lake County Sheriff's Department
2293 N Main Street
Crown Point, Indiana 46307

Vehicle Tow Release: Vehicles towed by the Lake County Sheriff's Department must be released to registered owner. Owner must have proof of ownership such as: current registration OR current title OR current insurance card. Be advised that there may be a $75.00 fee.

Gun Permit: Four Year Personal Protection: $10.00 Cash – Lake County Fee $30.00 Money Order (Payable to: State of Indiana) Life Time Personal Protection: $50.00 Cash – Lake County Fee $75.00 Money Order (Payable to: State of Indiana) Handgun permits may be applied for: Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) 8:00am to 4:30pm

Click here for online gun permit application

Sex and Violent Offender Registration: NOTICE: Sex Offender and Violent Offender Fees (updated 2/12/10)
Pursuant to Lake County Ordinance 1292-B and Indiana Code 36-2-13-5.6
All Persons required to register as a Sex Offender or Violent Offender with the Lake County Sheriff's Department shall be responsible for and pay the following fees:
1. Annual Registration Fee: $50.00 per calendar year
2. Each Address Change: $5.00 per occurrence

Registration hours: Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) 8:00am to 4:30pm

Registration location:

Lake County Sheriff's Department Bureau Of Identification Office
2293 North Main Street – Building C
Crown Point, Indiana 46307
Phone Number: (219) 755-3321

All sex or violent offenders must register in person within 72 hours of arriving in Lake County, Indiana. (This includes: residence, employment and/or education.


Property Management

The Property / Evidence Management Division is staffed Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. This Division oversees the property inventory for the Lake County Sheriff’s Department. This Division also controls the property that is evidence, either recovered or confiscated. Persons wanting to claim property belonging to them must have proof of ownership and a photo ID.



For NON-EMERGENCY calls, please dial 755-3333 or
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The Lake County Sheriff's 911 Center is staffed seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day, with trained, State-certified personnel.

The Lake County Sheriff's 911 Center is currently in the process of installing a new Motorola Gold Series Radio System. This state-of-the-art system will bring communications within the Sheriff's Department far above the average police radio system, and will better serve the general public.

This new radio technology will allow the 911 operators to know who is calling on the radio with a specialized ID which is programmed into all the County radios. In August 1999, Lake County went through a full 911 upgrade with all new equipment, including new computers, telephones, and software. The new system allows police radio operators to know who is calling the 911 centers; a display screen shows name, address, phone number, police, fire, and ambulance service.

Phase-one 911 Cellular Operation has also been initiated. We are currently receiving 911 calls from three Cellular companies, (Cellular One, Sprint PCS, and Primeco). In the very near future, we will be receiving 911 calls from five more. The 911 Cellular service will now allow callers to dial 911 on their cellular phone(s). As the signal is received, the tower then transfers the call to the respective police agency where their signal tower is located.

The Lake County Sheriff's 911 Center is responsible for receiving incoming calls of service, 911 calls, cellular 911 calls, in addition to maintaining all restraining orders in Lake County, as well as the dispatching of several police, fire, EMS agencies and the Coroner's Office.

This is the division that processes incoming calls for emergency services. On an average they process 4,900 incoming calls, dispatch 1,500 calls to units monthly as well as handle in-house wanted person and data checks such as driver's license information and car registration.



Police Training

Training of the Lake County Police Officer. begins with a 40 hour pre-basic class that is conducted by the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Training Academy (N.I.L.E.T.A.). They provide a basic overview of the police mission. The new officers receive instruction in crime suppression, crime repression and providing emergency services.

In following the student officer from pre-basic back to the department, he or she will receive an additional 40 hrs. of hands-on basic firearms training. This training is held in the Lake County range and all students are required to pass both a written test and qualify on both the state and department qualification courses of fire. After these requirements are met, the student will be issued their weapon and released to the ride along program or ordered directly to the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (I.L.E.A.) for 17 weeks of intense basic training.

After returning from the Academy the officer will enter a field-training program that will last for approximately 3 months. During this time the officer will be watched, coached, evaluated and finally released to work the street alone. Additional advanced training (in-service) will be provided to the officer annually on a 16-hour minimal basis. This training to be provided through the 22 in house instructors on the department assisted by classes at (N.I.T.L.E.A., I.L.E.A.) and the (L.E.T.N) Law Enforcement Training Network.

Firearms Training

All police officers and those corrections officers who are authorized to carry weapons are required to qualify with their assigned weapons quarterly. Periodically there are opportunities to use the range for familiarization.

Police officers assigned to the Tactical Unit are required to qualify with their weapons six times a year. Their weapons include their duty sidearm, shotgun and other assorted specialty weapons.

Police snipers qualify monthly with their rifles and must re-certify every two years through a program conducted by the FBI and the Indianapolis Police Department.


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