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Porter County Sheriff Offers Lobby as Safe Meeting Place

 The Porter County Sheriff's Department has announced the Sheriff's Office lobby is open for use 24/7.

The Sheriff's Department is located at 2755 S. Ind. 49 in Valparaiso.

Porter County sheriff offers lobby as a 24/7 safe meeting place

February 20, 2015 Sarah Gollner NWI.com

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Sheriff's Department has announced that the Sheriff's Office lobby is open 24/7 and available for residents of Porter County to use as a safe place for any sort of transactions with others, such as custody exchanges or first time, face-to-face interactions with people met online.

The Sheriff's Department announced this on their Facebook page Thursday morning and received thousands of "likes" and hundreds of comments, the majority of them in favor of the idea.

"The responses on Facebook have led us to think this is a good idea," Sheriff Dave Reynolds said. "We're pretty excited about the opportunity to offer this to the public."

Reynolds also mentioned the lobby would be a safe place for people buying and/or selling items over the Internet to meet in person. Depending on the time of day, the department will offer to run serial numbers on certain items to prove their legitimacy.

"We're fully prepared to handle that," Reynolds said. "We welcome all people to use this as a main meeting place, even if it's just the parking lot."

The Sheriff's Department is located at 2755 S. Ind. 49 in Valparaiso. For more information, call (219) 477-3000.

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