Updated: Mar 6, 2022
"It's time for safe streets and safe communities again," Van Dien says.
I can’t stand idly by any longer and watch police officers and these crime victims be treated like criminals while the criminals are treated like crime victims.
(LINDENHURST, IL) Deputy John Van Dien has officially announced his intention to run for Lake County Sheriff in the 2022 election.
Van Dien, a 55-year-old Republican from Lindenhurst, is a 36-year veteran of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office who has spent his years working as a highway patrol officer, a correction officer, a court security officer, on the traffic division and with the county warrants division. Van Dien has also served as a task force member for the U.S. Marshall’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Agency and a member of the Repeat Offender Program.
“Being sheriff is a life-long aspiration of mine, so running for the position is not a decision I have taken lightly,” Van Dien said. “I decided to run for sheriff because it’s horrible to see how crime is affecting Lake County residents. I’m out there in the streets. I’m witnessing what is going on. I see the offenders and the victims with my own eyes. These politicians are not making our streets safer.”
Van Dien, who grew up in North Chicago before moving to Lindenhurst two decades ago, said he has grown increasingly frustrated with certain Lake County politicians trying to “tell the police how to be the police.”
“I can’t stand idly by any longer and watch police officers and these crime victims be treated like criminals while the criminals are treated like crime victims,” Van Dien said. “These politicians continue to put criminals ahead of victims. I’ve spent the last 36 years in law enforcement. I have watched my brothers and sisters in law enforcement get beat up by these politicians for doing what they are trained to do. It’s time for law and order to matter once again.”
Van Dien comes from a Lake County law enforcement family that spans four generations. He said his commitment and devotion to his family is what made him a great police officer.
“It’s time to make our streets safe again,” Van Dien said. “I’m sick and tired of watching politicians give a free pass to drug dealers and violent offenders while police officers are treated like trash.”
Van Dien said he looks forward to an election primary that focuses on the issues and refrains from mudslinging within the Republican party.
“I remember a time when you could feel safe leaving your car doors unlocked at night and letting your kids play at the nearby park,” he said. “Those days are slipping away. So, it’s time we push back against the “defund the police” mentality. It’s time we stop freeing violent criminals with a slap on the wrist. When I am elected sheriff, I will bring back safe streets and communities for our residents and our children. Van Dien equals safe streets. Safe communities.”