Ranch Supporter Named USA’s Reserve Deputy of the Year
It sounds almost like a super-hero plot. Indianapolis real estate investor Tony Ardizzone is a hugely successful business leader by day, but he’s also a passionate, disciplined crime fighter by night.
Ardizzone’s dedication was recognized by the National Sheriff’s Association this year when the 20,000-plus member organization named Ardizzone as America’s Reserve Sheriff’s Deputy of the Year.
“Capt. Ardizzone was nominated by colleagues at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana, because of his character, leadership, sacrifice and generosity – thousands of volunteer hours as an unpaid sheriff’s reserve commander and hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal money lent as start-up funds for his state’s new Indiana Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch,” said Jonathan Thompson NSA Executive Director.
Capt. Ardizzone served the Marion County Sheriff’s Office for 11 years.
Additionally, Ardizzone has helped spearhead a Hot Zone Initiative alongside leaders of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. He was given the responsibility and authority to select a group of 20 officers known as the Sheriff’s Response Team to curb violence, find criminals and heighten awareness.
“Tony and the SRT help safeguard our most vulnerable neighborhoods and neighbors – our seniors and kids,” Layton said of Ardizzone’s contributions.
“We are often the last line of defense and I’m proud to be part of that,” Ardizzone said. “Officers and deputies don’t do this for the glory, they do it because they care and want to make a difference. I have seen the deterioration of relationships between law enforcement and the general public as well as younger and younger perpetrators getting involved in crime. I truly enjoy helping citizens and deputies work together to make positive impacts in their personal lives and in the public neighborhoods. There is so much more to do in both policing and prevention.”
$1 Rent for Indiana Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch Allows Start-Up
Earlier this year, Ardizzone personally purchased a 62-acre property located in rural Clay County, Ind., about 45 minutes west of Indianapolis. But the wooded, rolling land that includes three small lakes, a large lodge-style home and several barns and out-buildings is not for Ardizzone or his family to enjoy. Instead, he is leasing it to Indiana Sheriffs’ Association for just $1 per year, while the not-for-profit raises funds to develop an Indiana Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch for future law enforcement officers, at-risk kids, young witnesses and victims of crime.
“The Indiana Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch will give our camps a permanent home, offer more recreation and safety education, while also offering year-round uses for school visits, youth groups, sheriffs and their personnel,” Steve Luce, ISA executive director said.
“We were especially fortunate Capt. Ardizzone and Sheriff Layton identified a property that had previously included a veterinary office, said Luce. “That put us in a position to add onto the existing office and kennels to build out our state’s first canine academy dedicated exclusively to law enforcement handlers and dogs. Training revenue from the facility will help fund future development of our Youth Ranch.”