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On Tuesday February 9th, 2010 KVHS will be held its February general meeting (open to the public) at the Kouts Library (101 E. Daumer Rd.) at 6:30.  Porter County Sheriff David Lain will be our guest presenter that evening. Sheriff David Lain owns an extensive collection of historic antique police equipment, some pieces goes back to the 18th century.  Sheriff Lain enjoys learning the history of his pieces, and will share both in his presentation. Sheriff Lain was kind enough to allow me to see his collection and take some pictures for our KVHS website.  Below you can view some of the pictures I took.


  Sheriff David E. Lain

Sheriff David Lain began his law enforcement career as a police officer for the city of Valparaiso in 1977. There he achieved the rank of Lieutenant, and in 1999 he accepted an appointment as Chief of the Porter County Sheriff’s Department. He was elected Sheriff in 2006.

  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Indiana University , was twice named Police Officer of the Year for Valparaiso , and is active in numerous civic and professional organizations.

  Sheriff Lain has been a trainer for a wide variety of police topics and currently is an instructor in the ethics and cultural diversity classes for new officers at the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy . He has also been a guest speaker in Indiana and Illinois for state conferences related to law enforcement and senior citizen programs.

  For seven years he hosted “Behind the Star” a public affairs television program in NW Indiana, and the Robbery Survival training program he designed was the basis for an episode of the nationally syndicated “Judge Hatchett” show in which he appeared.

  Dave manages a department of 150 employees and a $7.7 million budget. In 2006 a 175,000 square foot jail and Sheriff’s Department building opened at a cost of just under $38 million.

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Sheriff David Lain

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Sheriff Lain holding Billy Club

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Sheriff Lain holding .22 caliber pocket pistol.

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Sheriff Lain holding original 1861 Colt .44 caliber pistol used in the Civil War. 

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Sheriff Lain holding the John Dillinger Thompson machine gun owned by the Porter County Sheriff Department. 

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Yours truly (John Hodson) holding the Dillinger machine gun trying to look "gangster mean".

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