Chaplain Program

Griffith Police Department
Chaplains Program


photo95.jpg In memory of Reverend Francis M. Lazar, a friend and Chaplain to the Griffith Police Department.

Father Lazar passed away on December 1, 2007.


New police chaplains sworn in

At the August 1, 2006 Town Council meeting, two new Police Chaplains were sworn in. Clerk-Treasurer Ron Szafarczyk (left) swears in Dr. Joseph W. Kovach and the Rev. Francis Lazar (far right). Dr. Kovach is chairman of the psychology department at Calumet College of St. Joseph, and Father Lazar is retired as pastor of St. James the Less parish in Highland. Both are experienced Police Chaplains. In the photo background are Council member Rick Ryfa (left) and Wally Hartman (center).


chap-6.jpg Reverend Theodore J. Mens
St. Mary Catholic Church
525 North Broad Street
Griffith, IN 46319


The Griffith Police Department Chaplains program was initiated in late 1998. The objective of the program is:
  • to provide counseling.
  • to encourage and support Police agency personnel in personal times of need.
  • to provide guidance, assistance or spiritual support when called upon.

The Griffith Police Department thanks Father Mens, Father Lazar and Dr. Kovach for their support, help and guidance.