Police Department
Police Department

We, the members of the Griffith Police Department, believe that our work has a vital impact on the quality of life in our community. It is our Mission to provide professional, high quality,and effective police service in partnership with our community.


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115 North Broad Street
Griffith, IN 46319

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Need an accident report, vehicle inspection, incident report, or a tow release for your vehicle, etc.? The Police Department Records Office is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Because of the time requirements to fill out the forms, and the need to have the Police Chief approve the application, gun permit applications are done on Tuesday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

For Emergencies: Dial "9-1-1"

For Non Emergencies: Police Dept. @ 219-924-3141



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Fax: 219-922-3076

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 Administration


Greg Mance
Greg Mance
Title: Chief
Phone: 219-924-7503
Fax: 219-922-3076

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Chief Mance started his law enforcement career as a sworn officer with the Griffith Police Department in 1999.  In the uniform division he served as a Patrolman and a Corporal.  In 2003, he was assigned to the Detective Bureau where he worked both general and major assignments.  During his tenure as a Detective, he was assigned to the Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Task Force where he served as an Investigator, Investigative Team Leader and Commander. In February of 2013, he was appointed as the Chief of Police by the Griffith Town Council.

Chief Mance has a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice and Master’s of Public Affairs from Indiana University, Northwest.

Chief Mance currently sits on the executive board of the Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Task Force and is a member of the Advisory Board for Indiana University Northwest’s School for Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA).

In 2015 Chief Mance was an honored recipient of the Hoosier State Press Association’s Governor Frank O’Bannon Sunshine Award for his commitment to government transparency. 

Keith Martin
Keith Martin
Title: Detective Commander/Executive Officer
Phone: 219-924-7503
Fax: 219-922-3076

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Commander Martin was sworn into the Griffith Police Department in January of 1995 where he served as a Patrolman, until being promoted to Detective in 2000.  He served in the Detective Bureau until transferring back into the Patrol Division in 2004 as a Corporal and subsequently promoted to Sergeant two years later.  After several years as a Shift Commander, he transferred back into the Detective Bureau where he was responsible for general assignments and Internal Affairs investigations, and has also served as the Lead Detective in multiple successful murder prosecutions.  In 2015 he was promoted to the position of Investigations Commander as appointed by Chief Mance.  Commander Martin is in his 21st year with the department, having nearly split his time equally between Patrol and Investigations.  He has also served as a Firearms Instructor and is a graduate of the Joint Indiana Law Enforcement Academy/FBI/Indianapolis Police Department Observer-Sniper School.

Commander Martin is a United States Air Force Veteran where he served as a Security Specialist in both the United States and Europe.

Commander Martin is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and The Southern Police Institute’s Homicide Investigation Program at the University of Louisville.  

During his tenure with the department, Commander Martin has received multiple awards and commendations including sharing the honor of being selected as Griffith’s Officer of the Year in 2000 for his part in the team effort of apprehending an arson suspect in the act, and extinguishing the fire before it caused any significant collateral damage. 

Matt Moore
Matt Moore
Title: Operations Commander
Phone: 219-924-7503
Fax: 219-922-3076

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Lieutenant Moore is a 1993 graduate of Griffith High School.  He is a United States Military Veteran, having served with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division from 1993 to 1997. 

Lt. Moore continued studies at Indiana University Northwest, Purdue University Calumet, and Calumet College of St. Joseph where he studied Law Enforcement Management.

Lt. Moore began his career with the Griffith Police Department in 1999.  He graduated from Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy where he was named “Top Academic Student” of his class. Throughout his career, Lt. Moore has served in many capacities including interim Chief of Police and has held nearly every rank.  During six of his years with the Griffith Police Department, Lt. Moore served as a sworn Federal Task Force Officer with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Unit. Lt. Moore is a certified Field Training Officer and is currently the Department’s Senior Firearms Instructor.

Throughout his career, Lt. Moore has received much recognition for his hard work and dedication.  He received a Letter of Congratulations and Appreciation in recognition of service and developing innovative programs for the Griffith Police Department by Indiana Governor, Mike Pence.  A Certificate of Appreciation was also presented for dedicated, unselfish, and outstanding service by the Griffith Town Council.  He has received recognition for Outstanding Vigilance and Attention to Duty by the Griffith Police Department.  He is also a recipient of the “Lewis Schmidt Award” of recognition on behalf of years of service to the Town of Griffith and Veterans organizations by the American Legion.

Lieutenant Moore is a dedicated Husband, Father, and Policeman.  A man who holds true to his sworn oath… 

Curt Burrow
Curt Burrow
Title: Operations Lieutenant

Sergeant Curt Burrow pledged the Oath of Office in March of 1997.  He received a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Ball State University in 1992 and is a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command.  Sergeant Burrow was trained by the Institute for Police Technology and Management for Crash Reconstruction and is a founding member of the Griffith Police Department Honor Guard.


 Investigations


Jim Sibley
Jim Sibley
Title: Detective Sergeant
Phone: 219-924-7503
Fax: 219-922-3076

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Detective Sergeant Sibley was sworn in on January 29, 1999 and served in patrol as a Field Training Officer until October, 2006 when he was transfered to the Detective Bureau where he is currently assigned.  He has also been a Department Firearms Instructor since 2008.  Detective Sergeant Sibley is the Evidence/Property Room Manager for the department and monitors Registered Sex and Violent Offenders that live and work in Griffith.  Detective Sergeant Sibley has re-implemented and oversees the department's assett forfieture program.


 Shift Commanders


Jeff Gang
Jeff Gang
Title: Sergeant
Phone: 219-924-7500
Fax: 219-922-3072

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Sergeant Gang began his law enforcement career in The United States Air Force as a Combat Security Policeman while serving both stateside and in parts of the Middle East from 1990 until 1994. In late 1994 he was hired by the Griffith Police Department where has served in the uniform division ever since. While in the uniform division, he occupied the ranks of Corporal, Sergeant, Operations Lieutenant, and Operations Commander. In his tenure he was also assigned to the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy where he served as a Troop Handler for two years. Sergeant Gang remains active in various areas of training and instruction with primary focus on firearms, active shooter response and police use of force.

Sergeant Gang completed Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and presently serves as a support member of the Northwest Regional SWAT and manages the Quad-Town Training Facility. 

Ryan Bottiger
Ryan Bottiger
Title: Sergeant

Sergeant Ryan Bottiger became a sworn member of the department in January 1999.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University Bloomington in December 1997, and was an honor graduate at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield, Indiana in April 1999.  He completed Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command in June 2005.  Ryan was promoted to Corporal in 2004, and to Sergeant in March 2014.  He has served as the department's traffic grant coordinator, and continues to serve the department as a shift supervisor, with grant applications and administration. Sergeant Bottiger was among those awarded as Officer of the Year in 2001, and for Lifesaving in 2014 by the Northwest Indiana Public Information Officers Association.  

Todd Dawes
Todd Dawes
Title: Sergeant
Phone: 219-924-7503
Fax: 219-922-3076

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Sargeant Dawes pledged the oath of office in July of 2000. He has served in the Uniform Division as a field training officer and currently serves as a Shift Supervisor and Field Training Program Coordniator.

Sargeant Dawes is a US Marine Corps Veteran and proudly served his country from February 1991 - May 2000.


 Special Services


Michael Czerwinski
Michael Czerwinski
Title: Chief - Volunteer Emergency Services Team
Phone: 219-924-7503
Fax: 219-922-3076

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On February 14, 2000, Chief Michael Czerwinski took his oath with the Griffith Emergency Management Agency.  In July 2003, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant of Patrol where he assisted in the oversight of the patrol division to include general supervision, as well as the training of officers on patrol & traffic control techniques and vehicle maintenance.

In July 2005, Griffith Emergency Management Agency (G.E.M.A.) transitioned into the Volunteer Emergency Services Team (V.E.S.T.). Lt. Czerwinski was instrumental in re-implementing the new program and, in large part, redesigned the V.E.S.T. logo and uniforms.

In April 2014, Lt. Czerwinski was promoted to Chief of V.E.S.T. where his duties include the oversight of all V.E.S.T. operations, to include patrol operations, special assignment, special events, training, vehicle maintenance, and equipment.

Chief Czerwinski reports to the Chief of Police, Operations Commander of Police, Safety Board & Town Council.

Chief Czerwinski is also Veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Marlene Starcevich
Marlene Starcevich
Title: Sergeant

Sgt. Marlene Starcevich is a 1985 graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academ and transferred to the Griffith Police Department from the Dyer Police Department in 1991.

Sgt. Starcevich is a graduate of Police Staff and Command from Northwest University, A certified Lay Ecclesial Minister through the Catholic Diocese, Police Chaplain, guest instructor at the Northern Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, a licensed Emergency Medical Technician, certified School Resource Officer and Drug Abuse Resistance and Education instructor.

Throughout her career Sgt. Starcevich has had the opportunity to serve in various capacities to include the Griffith Schools as an SRO, a Gang Resistance Education and Training instructor and Patrol Supervisor.

Sgt. Starcevich is currently our Social Services Officer which encompasses assisting victims of domestic abuse, drug addictions, mental illness, homelessness and elderly neglect. She is also a School Resource Officer & teaches the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program to all the 5th grade students in the Town of Griffith.

Robert Gutierrez
Robert Gutierrez
Title: Corporal

Corporal Robert Gutierrez took the oath of office in June of 2001. As an officer in the Uniform Division, he serves as a Field Training Officer, an Evidence Tech, and the K-9 Handler of canine “Gino.” On June 1, 2013, through funding supported by community donations, the Griffith Police Department implemented its first certified K-9 Unit. Canine Gino is certified through the American Police Canine Association for Patrol (obedience, area search, article search, aggression control, building search, trailing) and narcotic detection. Canine Gino was born in France, on November 21, 2011, and later united with Corporal Gutierrez in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. There, at the direction of Master Trainer Bob Anderson, they completed a Police Patrol/Narcotic Detection Handler course with International K-9 College Incorporated. Later, at the direction of Master Trainer Commander Jeff Rynearson, of the South Bend Police Department, Corporal Gutierrez and canine Gino completed a six week Police Patrol/Narcotic Detection Handler course, at Midwest K9 Training Incorporated. Additionally, Canine Gino has received specialty training with Greene Dog Consulting LLC, Baden K-9, Charles Kirchner Canine Consultants Inc, American Police Canine Association, Hobart Police Department, and Master Tracking Trainer (retired) Sergeant Charlie Douthett. The Griffith Police K-9 Unit thanks all the community for their generous support and contributions that made our K-9 Unit a possibility. For additional information about the K-9 Unit contact Cpl Gutierrez at robert.gutierrez@griffith.in.gov.

Peter Ghrist
Peter Ghrist
Title: Officer / School Resource Officer
Phone: 219-924-7503
Fax: 219-922-3076

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OFFICER PETE GHRIST
(219) 924-4281 x3313

pghrist@griffith.k12.in.us

Officer Pete Ghrist pledged the Oath of Office in 2003 and is a graduate of the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.  He has been assigned as the police department’s school resource officer since 2009.  Officer Ghrist is responsible for the safety and security of Griffith High School, Griffith Middle School, and all three elementary schools, and serves as liaison between Griffith Public Schools and the Griffith Police Department.  Officer Ghrist conducts presentations to students regarding anti-bullying, as well as the dangers of using drugs and alcohol, and at times serves as an unofficial counselor to students in need.  In addition to his many duties in his capacity as school resource officer, Officer Ghrist has served as a past sponsor for GHS Students Against Destructive Decisions, is current sponsor of the GHS Paranormal Society, and assisted chaperone the GHS International Club student trip to Ireland in 2014.     

Officer Ghrist is a certified G.R.E.A.T. Instructor and teaches roughly ninety Griffith Middle School students each week.  He is also a graduate of the School Safety Specialist Academy.   Officer Ghrist is currently responsible for organizing the annual Town of Griffith Public Safety and Community Day, which has become an extremely successful event promoting the area’s public safety agencies and non-profit organizations.  Officer Ghrist took over coordinating the Griffith Crime Watch program in January 2015, and created the original Crime Watch blotter, which was originally e-mailed to residents, and is now authored by citizen volunteers and posted online.  Officer Ghrist was one of the original advisors involved in creating the Lake Suburban Police Explorers and served as a head advisor for seven years.  Officer Ghrist helps run the Summer G.R.E.A.T. Program each June, a positive program for up to one hundred Griffith and Highland middle school age students.  He also assists with organizing Griffith Fraternal Order of Police #161’s annual “Shop With a Cop” program, conducts tours of the police station for various youth organizations, and is an active member of Imagine Griffith.

Officer Ghrist has received a life-saving commendation from the police department, as well as a commendation for his work organizing the Public Safety and Community Day.  Officer Ghrist has received three commendations from Griffith Public Schools for his work as school resource officer.  Officer Ghrist has been trained as an evidence technician, a certified Field Training Officer (FTO) and is currently the most senior patrolman on the police department, with almost thirteen years of service (as of 2016).