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A Lakes of the Four Seasons security officer was fired after this photo circulated online. The photo was provided to the Times.

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An officer with the Public Safety Department of the Lakes of the Four Seasons has been fired after a photo of him with a gun in his mouth circulated online.

Public Safety Department Director Craig Philp would not confirm who the officer in the photo was, but that he was dismissed for inappropriate actions. 

The photo shows the officer on the phone holding a gun in his mouth with a caption that says, "When that one resident calls."

Lakes of the Four Seasons, a private gated community neighboring the town of Winfield and east of Crown Point, has about 7,300 residents whose homeowners association dues help fund the private security force.

According to its website, the Lakes of the Four Seasons Public Safety Department is "an essential function within the community in its ability of providing safety and security to its residents."

The website states that the force consists of a department head, and a number of officers, dispatchers and EMTs. The officers are required to attend an extensive training program that continues throughout their employment and work closely with adjoining police departments.

The department occupies a post at the main entry to Lakes of the Four Seasons around the clock while also monitoring, via closed-circuit TV, the 117th street entrance located on the west side of the community, and the back entrance located next to the LOFS Fire Force property. 

The Lakes of the Four Seasons Property Homeowners Association did not immediately return a call for comment.

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Lake County reporter

Rob covers urban affairs and other matters in Crown Point, St. John, Winfield and beyond. Previously he covered Valparaiso, Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. He's also written for various magazines and pens a culture blog for The Times.