Limited deputies make sure prisoners housed in Elkhart County are treated respectfully; get to court on time for appearances and get to see loved ones and counsel during visits. Inmates are fed three meals a day, offered classes to help better their future and reduce recidivism, and given the opportunity to check out books at the jail library. Jail staff also have the following responsibilities:
Captain David Lanzen holds a bachelor of arts degree from Cornerstone University. He started his career in law enforcement as a patrol officer with the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office in 2004. He was awarded the Academic Achievement Award and the Indiana Sheriff’s Association Scholastic Award upon graduation from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. He served as a Field Training Officer for 7 years and has been an operator on the Emergency Services Unit/SWAT team for 15 years. He is a less-lethal weapons instructor and a firearms instructor. Captain Lanzen promoted to Patrol Corporal in 2008, and then Patrol Sergeant in 2011. While a sergeant, he attended and graduated from the Police Executive Leadership Academy. He served as Training Sergeant starting in 2019 before pursuing the position of Corrections Captain in 2020.