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Donation for 2007 Shop for a Cop program
Griffith FOP President Peter Ghrist (left) and outgoing FOP President James Sibley (right) accept a donation for the Christmas, 2007 Shop With a Cop program from the Griffith Senior Center. Presenting the donation is Arnold Stassin (center), Senior Center Director.
McCarter sworn in as new member of Griffith PD
Police Chief Ron Kottka (right) congratulates Cory McCarter (left) and presents him with his badge. McCarter was sworn in as a member of the Griffith Police Department on January 7, 2008.
Nancy Yoko retiring
Police Chief Ron Kottka and Nancy Yoko. At the December, 2007 FOP Christmas Party, Nancy was given an award commemorating her retirement and her fourteen years of service to the Griffith Police Department.
Lake County Traffic Safety Council Award
Above are Officer Aaron Pollock (left) and Police Chief Ron Kottka (right). At the July 11, 2007 Police Commission meeting, Officer Pollock was presented an award from the Lake County Traffic Safety Council in recognition of his 2006 efforts in arresting 37 drivers for OWI (Operating While Intoxicated).
Griffith Rotary donation
At their January 2007 meeting, the Griffith Rotary presented checks to the Griffith Public Schools and the Griffith Police Department. From L-to-R in the above photo are Peter Morikis (Griffith Schools Superintendant), Dawn Parks (Rotary President) and Corporal Hector Arroyo (D.A.R.E. Officer). Griffith Schools will use the Rotary donation to purchase a defibulator and Griffith Police will utilize the donation for D.A.R.E. Thanks to Rotary for their support.
Griffith VFW donates American ans State Flags
On March 12, 2007, Marlin Crane (right), the Post Commander of Griffith VFW, donated American and State Flags for display outside of the police department. On the left accepting the flags is Chief of Police Ron Kottka.
Jacob Schoon - new member of the Griffith Police Dept.
Chief of Police Ron Kottka (left) congratulates Jacob Schoon who was sworn in as a member of the Griffith Police Department on February 26, 2007.
Christopher Herrmann - new member of Griffith Police Dept.
Above is Christopher Herrmann who was sworn in as a member of the Griffith Police Department on June 2, 2006.
John Messinio retiring
Our best wishes to Detective Sergeant John Messinio on his 2006 retirement ... and our thanks for his many years of service to the Griffith Police Department.
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 recently 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). Click HERE for the article Retired priest adds a new badge; Police Department gets two new chaplains at the Times newspaper website.
Karl Grimmer retiring
Karl Grimmer (above left) has retired after a 29 year career with the Griffith Police Department, including serving as Chief of Police for the past thirteen years. Griffith Police Lieutenant and Executive Officer Ron Kottka (above right) became the new Police Chief effective Monday, June 26, 2006. Click HERE for the article Griffith police chief to retire at the Times newspaper website, and HERE for the article Griffith names new police chief at the Times newspaper website.
Aaron Pollock recognized
Above are Officer Aaron Pollock (left) and Lieutenant Don McCarter (right). At the April 12, 2006 Police Commission meeting, Officer Pollock was presented an award from the Lake County Traffic Safety Council in recognition of his efforts in arresting DUI drivers during year 2005.
School of Staff and Command completed
On June 9, 2006, Sgt. Nicholas Rentas (left) and Sgt. John Messinio (right) are all smiles after successfully completing the School of Staff and Command, an intensive, ten week long program under direction of Northwestern University, Center for Public Safety.
Michael Gauler recognized
n the above photo, Lake County Sheriff Roy Dominguez (left) presents an Outstanding Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement award to Griffith Police Officer Michael Gauler (right) at the Public Information Officers Award Banquet on March 24, 2005. Officer Gauler was given the award for his efforts in apprehending a bank robber. While on routine patrol on May 11, 2005, Officer Gauler observed a suspicious subject enter Citizens Bank in Highland on 45th Avenue. After a few moments of observation, he watched the subject run to his car and flee. Officer Gauler began to follow the subject when the Highland Police were notified that the subject had just robbed the bank. Officer Gauler's keen observation and diligence resulted in the apprehension of the subject and the recovery of all the money.
Kelly Hayes - sworn in
Above are Clerk-Treasurer Ron Szafarczyk (left) and Kelly A. Hayes (right). Hayes, who graduated from Lake Central High School and has a Bachelors Degree in Human Resources from Purdue Calumet, was sworn in as a member of the Griffith Police Department on March 5, 2006.
Michael Gauler awarded
In the above photo, Griffith Police Chief Karl Grimmer (left) presents an award to Officer Michael Gauler at the September, 2005 Police Commission meeting. In May 2005, while on routine patrol, Officer Gauler observed a suspicious subject enter Citizens Federal Bank on 45th Street in Highland. He continued his surveillance of the bank and watched the subject exit in a hurry and drive erratically out of the lot. As he approached the vehicle, he was notified that the bank was just robbed. He pursued the suspect into Gary. The subject, along with all the money was recovered. Officer Gauler was recognized for his efforts in apprehending the bank robber. Congratulations to Officer Michael Gauler.
Marlene Starcevich - Officer of the Year
On June 13, 2005, the Griffith American Legion Post 66 presented their Officer of the Year award to Sgt. Marlene Starcevich. Centered in the above photo is Sgt. Starcevich. On the left is Larry Horvath and on the right is Marlin Crane.
Interlocal gun range renovated
In late 2004, Griffith High School student and Eagle Scout candidate Alan Kus completed the upgrade and renovation of the Interlocal Gun Range located at the old Griffith Landfill. His work included reinforcing the roof, adding brick to the supporting posts, staining the pavilion, and adding a crushed rock walkway. The Towns of Griffith, Highland, Munster, and Schererville formed an Interlocal Group in 1999. The purpose of the group was to build a State-of-the-Art Gun Range on the closed Griffith Landfill. Because of this cooperative effort, the officers from each of these communities receives up to date training on the use of their handguns, shotguns, rifles, and Less Than Lethal alternatives. In addition, the group has purchased an indoor virtual reality digital computer FATS Machine. The picture from this computer is projected on a wall and the officer interacts. This is another form of training not affordable to individual agencies. The Interlocal Group is governed by the Police Chiefs of each jurisdiction.
Griffith Officer of the Year 2007
On February 8, 2008, Officer Anthony Morris was recognized as Griffith Officer of the Year by Albert's Jewelers and presented with an engraved watch. Left to right in the above photo are Tony Morris, Josh Halpern from Albert's, and Police Chief Ron Kottka. Morris was among several area police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians which were given awards by Albert's.
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At the January, 2004 Police Commission meeting, a recognition award was presented to the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) for their dedication to the Town of Griffith and its residents, and for all the work they do to assist the Police Department. Several EMA members are pictured above - from left to right are Jay Hess, Larry Atkins, John Corba, Joe Sibley (holding the award), and EMA Director Dale Hess.
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At the February 11, 2004 Police Commission meeting, Jacob Johnson was presented a Certificate of Merit. Eleven year old Jacob came to the aid of his Mother who has diabetes. In May, 2003, he called 911 for assistance. And in November, 2003, he went to a neighbors home and they called 911. Above left is Police Chief Karl Grimmer with Jacob. In the background is Police Commission president Tom Powers.
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Above photo from the D.A.R.E. graduation at Franklin School on May 29, 2003. Handing out graduation certificates are from left to right, Mrs. Jarmula, 5th grade teacher, Corporal Hector Arroyo, and Al Pulido, Commander of the American Legion Post #66.
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At the February 12, 2003 Police Commission meeting, special recognition was given to three Griffith Police officers for their life-saving efforts during an April 4, 2002 fire at the Mansards apartment complex. Above from L-to-R are Patrol Officer Mike Moore, Corporal Curt Burrow, and Patrol Officer Mike Gauler.
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Congressman Peter J. Visclosky receives an award as Legislator of the Year from the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police at their Mid-Winter Conference in Indianapolis on February 5, 2003. The Congressman was nominated by Griffith Police Chief Karl Grimmer for his many years of assisting local law enforcement. He has recently secured over $110,000.00 for the Griffith Police Department which has been used to equip our squad cars with laptop computers and video cameras.
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Above are Clerk-Treasurer Ron Szafarczyk (left) and Peter G. Ghrist (right). Ghrist was sworn in as a member of the Griffith Police Department on May 30, 2003.
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Sharon Bollhorst retired in 2002, and we appreciate her many years of service to the Griffith Police Department. Our best wishes to Sherry and husband Lee.
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Debbie Daugherty was our Animal Control officer and we thank her for her many years of dedication and service. Debbie and her husband Ken, a retired Griffith Police officer, have relocated.
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Above are Clerk-Treasurer Ron Szafarczyk (left) and Paul J. Sines (right). Sines was sworn in as a member of the Griffith Police Department on June 3, 2002.
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On January 10, 2002, Al Pulido, the Post Commander of Post #66 of the Griffith American Legion presented a check to Griffith F.O.P. Lodge #161 president Hector Arroyo which will be used for the annual Shop with a Cop program. Shop with a Cop helps needy families during the Christmas holidays. We appreciate the support of the American Legion.
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Our best wishes to Sgt. Dave Hardacker on his 2002 retirement ... and our thanks for his many years of service to the Griffith Police Department.
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On September 10, 2001, the Griffith Lions Club donated a dozen First Aid Kits which will be kept in the squad cars. Above from L-to-R are Lion Ed Bannon, Lion Richard Larson and Police Chief Karl Grimmer.
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Above from L-to-R are Clerk-Treasurer Ron Szafarczyk, Robert Gutierrez and Police Chief Karl Grimmer. Gutierrez was sworn in as a member of the Griffith Police Department on June 28, 2001.
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On March 10, 2001, the Griffith Lions Club presented Officer Hector Arroyo (F.O.P. President) a check for our Shop with a COP program. Above from L-to-R are Lion Ed Bannon, Lion Marge Verkuilen, Lion Ed Connell and Officer Arroyo. This program takes needy children shopping at Christmas.
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Above is Aaron Pollock (left) with Police Chief Karl Grimmer. Pollock was sworn in on March 30, 2001.
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Above, Clerk-Treasurer Ron Szafarczyk administers the oath of office on December 27, 2000 to Michael Moore.
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Above, Ryan Olsen and his children smile for the camera after Ryan was sworn in as a Griffith Police officer on December 26, 2000.
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Our best wishes to Lieutenant Jack Vanek on his Summer, 2001 retirement ... and our thanks for his many years of service to the Griffith Police Department.
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On September 18, 2000, Daniel Potosky, Commander-Griffith VFW, presented a $500.00 check to Police Chief Karl Grimmer. That money will be added to the fund for the future purchase of a movable radar speed sign.
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Above, Clerk-Treasurer Ron Szafarczyk administers the oath of office on July 3, 2000 to Todd Dawes.
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On May 4, 2000, Jennifer Carter, Griffith Rotary President, presented a $501.00 check to Dale Hess, Director of G.E.M.A. (Griffith Emergency Management Agency). This money is the exact amount needed to acquire a new bicycle which G.E.M.A. will utilize to augment the regular 'Police Bike Patrol' of the town parks and bike trail.
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Above, Clerk-Treasurer Ron Szafarczyk administers the oath of office on March 31, 2000 to Michael Gauler.
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Above, Sgt. Michael Gulley with his Outstanding Lake County Law Enforcement Officer commendation. The award was presented to him for his July 27, 1999 arrest of David Malinski.
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Above from L-to-R are: Police Chief Karl Grimmer, Mark Gerdzos, and Clerk-Treasurer Ron Szafarczyk. Mark was sworn in on August 29, 1999 as a member of the Griffith Police Department
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Griffith is an 'Operation Lifesaver' community, which is a special program promoting rail safety. This Griffith Police archive photo shows the consequences of an argument between an automobile and a train. Other accidents have been much worse.
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This is a picture from Summer, 1998 showing construction of our new gun range on the town property on South Colfax. The range is used by the Griffith Police, as well as several other local Police Departments.