Valparaiso Police Chief Mike Brickner will be formally announcing his
candidacy for Porter County Sheriff at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at Center
Park in Downtown Valparaiso, at the corner of Lafayette Street and
Brickner, a 27-year veteran of the VPD, has served as its chief for 10
He is a graduate of Chesterton High School, Ball State University, the
Northwestern University Center for Public Safety Police Staff and Command,
and the Police Executive Leadership Academy.
Presently Brickner is president of the Indiana Association of Chiefs of
Police, chair of the Porter County Safe Schools Commission, and a member of
the Board of Directors for the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and
Indiana Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission.
Brickner began with the VPD as a patrol officer, was promoted to supervisor
in the Patrol Division with the rank of sergeant, then promoted to
lieutenant and assigned to the Detective Bureau. In addition, Brickner has
served as public information officer for the VPD and as coordinator of the
department’s field training program.
In 2006 Chief Brickner was the recipient of the William Sudberry Memorial
Leaders Award, presented to the top law enforcement executive in the State
of Indiana by Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police.
In 2011 Brickner was recognized by the National Committee for Employer
Support of the National Guard and Reserve as a “Patriotic Employer” for his
support of employee participation in the National Guard and Reserve Forces.
Under Brickner’s leadership, the VPD became in 2010 one of only 13
departments in the State of Indiana to earn accreditation through the
Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation (CALEA). The department
successfully just received its CALEA re-accreditation certification in July.
Brickner and his wife Amy have been married for 14 years and have two
children. He’s an active member of Calvary Church in Valparaiso and a member
of the Valparaiso Kiwanis organization. In his spare time he coaches his
son’s and daughter’s basketball teams and is currently the coach of the boys
eight-grade team at Washington Township Middle School.