Please click HERE for an article from Indiana University Northwest talking about the use of GIS software with local police departments and crime mapping.
911 INFORMATION - PLEASE READ
Greetings! This is an important public safety message regarding the summoning of emergency personnel in the Town of Griffith. We would like to inform all residents of how to summon first responders when in need. For those who are NOT aware of the E911 Consolidation, it has begun and the towns of Munster, Highland and Griffith have now transitioned. What this means is all 911 and dispatching operations for police, fire and EMS are now routed to and controlled from a centralized dispatch center located in Crown Point.
Everyone must understand that when you are in need under emergency or NON-EMERGENCY service of ANY nature, you MUST dial 911 from wherever you are. Again, this applies to EMERGENCY and NON-EMERGENCY situations. The Central Dispatch will forward requests for police, fire and/or EMS to the appropriate jurisdictions and agencies within. 911 is no longer JUST for emergency situations.
The primary number for the Griffith Police Department (219) 924-7503 will remain an active number, however this number is NOT for emergencies. It is for general inquiries, administrative functions and to contact or leave messages for police department personnel. When you call this number, there is a dialing menu to aid you in what you may need. We ask that you help in spreading this message in order to ensure that those in need of assistance are sure to receive the fastest and most effective response possible.
We also need to inform all residents of a change in the testing and activation of the outdoor warning sirens. The outdoor warning sirens will now be remotely tested by the central dispatch center upon the first Saturday of each month at 12:00pm. If a severe weather watch or warning IS in effect for Lake County prior to 10:00am on a scheduled test day, the sirens should NOT be tested that day and will resume upon the next scheduled test date. When an outdoor warning siren IS activated for other than testing purposes, it will run for 3-5 minutes at intervals of 10-15 minutes until such time as the threat no longer exists. There will NOT be an “ALL CLEAR” siren or tone. Residents will have to monitor local media sources for details concerning the status of conditions. For further details and conditions under which the outdoor warning siren will likely be activated, there will soon be information on the Griffith Police Department’s website .
Again, residents of ALL ages should understand these changes so please share with all you come into contact with and your children as well. 911 is no longer solely for emergencies. It is of the utmost importance to your Griffith First Responders that we provide the fastest and most effective service possible, especially in emergency situations, so please help us educate everyone. Thank you very much and have a nice day!
Police Department events
Crime Watch Meeting - 6:30 pm
This month's meeting of Griffith Crime Watch will take place this Thursday, November 19th, at the Franklin Center/Griffith YMCA (201 N Griffith Blvd) in the Griffith Community Room (room 107) at 6:30PM. Come a little early and have some pizza and pop, then stay and hear the latest crime statistics. Detective Sibley from the Griffith Police Department will be present to talk about his role with the detective bureau, as well as some tips to keep your home safe during the holiday season. VEST Officer Bubala will provide some helpful winter safety tips. Everyone in attendance will automatically be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a door prize. Get involved with your community! See you there!
To view more information on Crime Watch and past presentations made at the Crime Watch meetings, please click HERE.
To view compiled crime reports, please click HERE.
The picture below will flash during an Amber Alert. Click on the picture for more information.