Crime Prevention Month

October 1-30

October is National Crime Prevention month to raise awareness for preventing crime. The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) hosts events annually to raise awareness, share resources and remind communities to look out for each other. Crime prevention is a public concern and requires everyone to help make communities safer.


Stay alert for potential criminals or abnormal activity. If you see a vehicle in your neighborhood that looks out of place, do not ignore it. If you are at a playground with your child and see a suspicious person, report the person and alert other parents in your area.


Report suspicious activity or people especially if you see the crime in action. If you see someone attempting to forcibly enter a house or car, report the activity to your local policy agency. Reporting the person or activity may save a life. If you see someone running from a house or business, immediately report the person. Write down information about the person’s appearance and the crime so you do not forget important details. Communicate with people around you so they may also stay alert.


Protecting your community is a public concern and reporting a crime only takes a few minutes of your time. Create safer communities by doing your part to protect yourself and others around you.

Week 1, September 27- October 2: Crime Prevention Month Kick-off!
Week 2, October 3-9: Home Safety Week
Week 3, October 10-16: Anti-Counterfeiting Week

Week 4, October 17-23: Public Health and Safety Week
Week 5, October 24-30: Community and Law Enforcement Relations Week


National Fallen Firefighters Weekend

October 2-3

Every October, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year. Thousands attend the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation announced the 40th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend is currently planned to be held in-person on October 2-3, 2021, on the grounds of the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Due to the global pandemic there continues to be uncertainties, about COVID-19 restrictions, and challenges the pandemic may bring.


But, you can do your part in our community by simply stopping by or contacting  your local Fire Station to let them know how much you appreciate them, the work they do and to let them know that the nation’s fallen firefighters will not be forgotten.


12th Anniversary of HCSOCA

October 6

Happy Anniversary to the Hamilton County Citizens Academy!


This is a very special occasion, a time to salute civic involvement -- your involvement -- in your county. We want to thank the HCSO for having administered the Citizens Academy for the past 12 years, with special thanks going to the Academy Director Deputy Ryan McClain. Thank you Ryan for all of your hard work coordinating the many people and departments that come together to make the Citizens Academy happen. Thanks to all the presenters that volunteer their time to make presentations and put on demonstrations. Thank YOU - the folks who have cared enough to devote your time and attention to learning how your Sheriff's Office works and how you might serve beyond the Academy classes. Some Academy Alumni members officially started the Alumni Association just four years after the first Academy class. Over the last decade, many of the graduates have played key roles in the Alumni Association. Some of the original members still serve to this day - demonstrating their commitment to this organization and still choosing to make a difference.  

Celebrating our 12th anniversary, we would be remiss if we didn't thank the Citizens Academy's founding Director, Bryant Orem. Bryant currently serves as a Law Enforcement Training Specialist at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA), where he holds the rank of lieutenant. Bryant retired from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office with the rank of Sergeant in 2019. During his tenure with the Sheriff’s Office, he served in multiple positions such as Corrections Officer in the jail, Patrol Deputy, Public Information / Education Officer and Records Management. Bryant was instrumental in founding the active Citizens Academy and its Alumni Association. So, we give a special heart-felt thank you to the man who started it all 12 years ago. 

You got involved in Citizens Academy for many different reasons, perhaps, but underneath all of those reasons was a vested interest in this county and a shared commitment to its well being. Whatever you’ve done since your Citizens Academy graduation, we thank you heartily for having participated.   


National Faith & Blue

October 8-11

National Faith & Blue Weekend is based on the premise that strong communities are built on mutual respect and understanding. Law enforcement and faith institutions are key pillars of each community, and when they work together, neighborhoods thrive.

At the heart of this initiative is the reinforcement of connections between law enforcement professionals and the communities they serve through the reach of houses of worship. There is no resource that can match the depth of the faith community in facilitating productive engagement with law enforcement, which is needed now more than ever.

The National Faith & Blue Weekend organizers represent every major national law enforcement membership and professional organization in the United States and every faith tradition. The effort is being co-convened by MovementForward, Inc. and the USDOJ Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. 

Indiana Sheriff's Association Community Prayer Breakfast

Community Prayer Breakfast to bring our law enforcment together with local faith leaders to open discussion and collaborate on building communities of trust.


October 14, 2021 9:30am-11:30am

Indiana Sheriff's Association 

7124 E. County Rd. 150 S. Suite B

Avon, IN 46123


National Police Weekend

October 13-17

Host organizations of National Police Week, which include the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum, the Fraternal Order of Police and Auxiliary (FOP), and Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S), have made the difficult but necessary decision, due to the ongoing pandemic, to postpone in-person events of National Police Week to October 13-17, 2021, in Washington, D.C. The rescheduling of the originally planned events to be held May 11-16, 2021, is due to the inability to secure necessary permits in time for in-person gatherings due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.

The National Police Weekend will offer the same honor, remembrance, and peer support as the extended National Police Week, while allowing law enforcement, survivors, and citizens to gather and pay homage to those who gave their lives in the line of duty.

The planned schedule of events includes:
• Thursday, October 14 - NLEOMF Candlelight Vigil
• Friday, October 15 - C.O.P.S. National Police Survivors' Conference
• Saturday, October 16 - FOP 40th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service


HCSO Hero's Run

October 30

Please join us for the first Heroes Run at Strawtown Koteewi Park on October 30th, 2021!  The HCSO Community Foundation is putting on this fun fall family event.  You can choose to participate in the 10K run, 5K run/walk, 1 mile walk, or join virtually. 

 Everyone (civilian/sworn) who works alongside law enforcement can be a hero when they contribute to HCSO and the Community Foundation.  This event will help encourage positive interactions, embrace the great outdoors and promote a healthy lifestyle.

There are a couple ways to get involved:  

Volunteer to help on the morning of the event, or Register to run or walk