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Lieutenant Sam Preston

Lieutenant Sam Preston was born in Henderson, Kentucky and grew up in Onton, Kentucky where he attended Webster County High School. After high school, Lt. Preston attended the University of Kentucky where he earned an Associate's Degree in Communication Technology, and Western Kentucky University where he earned a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Social Work and Public Relations. Later, Lt. Preston received a Master's of Science Degree in Criminology from Indiana State University. Lt. Preston was sworn in as a Merit Deputy with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office in 1992. Lt. Preston is a Hostage/Crisis Negotiator, the Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator, Below 100 instructor, Verbal Judo instructor, and a generalist instructor for multiple law enforcement topics. Lt. Preston is a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, a member of the Association Law Enforcement Response Trainers and a member of FOP Lodge # 73. Lt. Preston serves on the Evansville Suicide Prevention Coalition committee, the Crisis Intervention Team committee, and sits on the Master Instructor Committee for the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. He is a member of the board of directors for the United Caring Services. Lt. Preston is active in Leadership Evansville, Bluegrass United Methodist Church and the University of Kentucky Wildcat Nation Fan Club. Lt. Preston has served the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office in Motor Patrol, Court Security, as the Training Coordinator and the Jail. He is currently the 2nd Shift Assistant Commander for Operations. He is most proud of the fact that he gets to go to work everyday with professionals who wear our badge with honor, integrity and pride. This is most evident in times of crisis and disaster. Lt. Preston and his wife, Bobbi, have a son and a daughter. His favorite quote is, “A man’s character is his fate.”

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