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Sheriff's Detective to Head Security at Horseshoe

PORTER COUNTY: Force veteran to fill detective bureau vacancy BY KEN KOSKY


Mike Jenkins                   Steve Lawrence

 Jenkins said he always enjoyed his work at The man who led the Porter County Sheriff's Department detective bureau as it solved several high profile cases in recent years is leaving to become director of security for Horseshoe Casino in Hammond.  Mike Jenkins, 46, said the casino was looking for someone with a background in police work, investigations and administration. In his 25 years with the Sheriff's Department, Jenkins supervised both patrol officers and detectives, and also served as an undercover narcotics officer and an accident reconstructionist. the Sheriff's Department, but couldn't pass up the career opportunity. In addition to the chance to do better financially -- being able to collect a police pension and his new salary -- he will also have a chance for career advancement at the company's 50 other properties. In his role with Horseshoe in Hammond, Jenkins will oversee 250 people from several departments, enforce gaming rules and oversee investigations.  Jenkins said the case that stands out most from his police career was the Aug. 27, 2002, robbery at First State Bank of Porter in The Pines. The crime left tellers Kay Peckat and Chandler Simpson dead, and security guard Keith Hill paralyzed. Jenkins was the first person on the scene, and the case ended recently with the triggerman being found guilty. Under Jenkins' leadership, the detectives have solved several high profiles crimes, including two burglaries in which large numbers of guns were stolen.  Taking over as commander of the Porter County Sheriff's Department detective bureau is Lt. Steve Lawrence, a 13-year veteran with experience supervising road officers and smoothing the transition to the new police building.

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