Winfield sworn in as first female police officer

WINFIELD — Skyler Hofer has been sworn in as Winfield’s first female police officer.

She was sworn in Tuesday at the city council meeting by Clerk-Treasurer Rick Anderson and received her insignia by City Marshal Dan Ball.

“I’m thrilled,” Hofer said, surrounded by family and friends who came to watch the ceremony.

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Hofer becomes the department’s seventh officer, Ball said.

Another female officer, Jessica Alvarez-Statham, was to be sworn in as the eighth police officer for the city of Winfield, Ball said.

Alvarez-Statham chose to work with the Indiana Department of Corrections instead of joining the Winfield department, Ball said.

Hofer, 30, is a Winfield resident and mother of two boys, Tyson, 10, and Maddex, 6.

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She has worked as a part-time agent since January and was hired full-time on July 3.

Hofer is a graduate of Calumet High School and Indiana University Northwest, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Her past jobs include working as a mental health counselor at the Lake County Jail and as a reserve officer at the Lake Station Police Department.

She will attend Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield beginning in January, Ball said.

Hofer, new to the department, has previously received an Exemplary Service Award along with fellow officers Brandon McMahon and Jordan Billups.

Ball said their performance was noted in a letter sent to him by the Lake County Sheriff’s Department regarding a July 22 incident at Four Seasons Lakes.

Ball said Lake County officers were on call about a fight in St. John and unable to respond to reports of a gunshot victim in the Four Seasons Lakes.

Winfield Police handled this call.

Ball said he also received a letter from the Merrillville Police Department praising the work of Billups and McMahon for their handling of a fully engulfed vehicle in flames in Merrillville jurisdiction.

McMahon saw the fire while on routine patrol, called a report, and remained on the scene until Merrillville police could arrive.

Billups, who was on patrol that same night, accompanied Detective Cpl from Merrillville. Sean Buck at the home where the vehicle was found registered.

They notified the victim’s wife and summoned Winfield Police Chaplain Danny Cox to help the family.

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