Porter County Drunk
Driving Task Force
Recognizing the Officers who help
make Porter County safe!
Awards Banquet 2011
Top PCSD DUI Officers
Porter County Sheriff's Department
(total arrest 238)
1st Place Officer: Paul Czupryn (30)
2nd Place Officer: Timothy M. Bell (22)
Total Porter County DUI Arrest 1028
Honorable Mention Officer of the Year
Officers with 10 or more DUI Arrest
Jose Mendez (18)
Adam Gleason (16)
Brian Dziedzinski (14)
William Marshall (11)
Justin Reeder (10)
Phil Pratt (10)
Jamie Erow (10)
Brain Gill (10)
Porter County honors top DUI enforcers
By Jeff Burton Thursday, December 15, 2011
VALPARAISO | Porter County's police departments saw an
uptick in the number of drunken driving arrests this
year, and police chiefs believe it's due in part to more
"Aggressively going after drunk drivers is active police
work," Valparaiso Police Chief Michael Brickner said. "I
have a family that drives these roads every day and to
have (enforcement) that is as strong as it is in this
county, I'm proud of that."
Dozens of officers from around the county gathered
Thursday for the annual Porter County Drunk Driving Task
Force Awards, honoring officers from each department
with the highest number of drunken driving arrests.
Portage Police Chief Mark Becker said people may be
seeing more red and blue lights flashing on their
streets, but increased police presence and aggressive
enforcement have made his city and each of the county's
communities safer. Those actions also may be saving
lives, he said.
Portage Police Officer Greg Coleman led the county in
drunken driving arrests, taking 74 alleged offenders off
the streets in 2011.
Valparaiso Sgt. Mike Grennes, chairman of the task
force, said the number of arrests officers are making is
a testament to their dedication to serve the residents
of their communities.
"It shows the dedication these officers have every night
when they go out on the road, he said.
In addition to funding extra patrols, Grennes said the
task force provides educational and preventative
programs, many aimed at young people. This year the
group expanded its efforts to bring drunken driving
simulators into more high schools.
Porter County Sheriff Dave Lain applauded officers'
efforts and said alcohol abuse remains one of the
county's top social problems.
"We know that our society faces the scourge of substance
abuse. Ninety-five percent of the people you all bring
into our jail are there because of substance abuse, and
we all know alcohol is king," Lain said. "We may never
win the war, but we'll never stop fighting it."