Griffith Police Department

  • Agency: Griffith Police Department
  • Address: 115 N Broad St, Griffith, 46319 IN
  • Chief: Ron Kottka (Chief of police)

Griffith Police Department is located at 115 N Broad St, Griffith, 46319 IN. The Chief of police of the department is Ron Kottka. The Griffith Police Department phone number is 219-924-7503.

Griffith Police Department News

To all of you who have donated so far, we sincerely thank you. Let’s keep this wall growing! http://events.stjude.org/griffithpd

With the help of the Griffith FOP and the Griffith Emergency Fund, SRO Ghrist and SRO Sekula were able to make this young man’s day by taking him shopping last week to help replace some of the items that were lost in an unfortunate house fire. No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.

The Griffith Police Department is happy to be joining fellow law enforcement agencies from around the country by participating in No Shave November this year. We hope that you will join us in our efforts to raise funds for a great cause. For every $1,000 earned, our officers have agreed to participate in fun challenges that will involve the community and we will post those videos here on our page. We will start these challenges once we've hit the $2,000 mark since the first $1,000 will be coming from Griffith's very own officers. So like our page, share the link, and most importantly donate and join GRPD in our efforts to make a difference! http://events.stjude.org/griffithpd

This Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Please see the flyer below for more information.

In the last few weeks, we have experienced an increase in garage burglaries here in town. These burglaries have typically taken place in the overnight hours. Although we have increased patrols throughout neighborhoods, we need your help as well. Please make sure your sheds and garages are locked as securely as possible. We also ask you to be on the look out for anything or anyone suspicious in your neighborhood and please call and report the incident immediately.

The Lake County Solid Waste Management District will hold their annual Household Hazardous Waste Disposal program this Saturday, October 13th at the Griffith Public Works Facility located at 134 S. Colfax from 9am-2pm. In conjunction with the Hazardous Waste Collection, the Town of Griffith will also have document shredding available for Griffith residents from 9am-2pm at the Griffith Public Works Facility located at the same address mentioned above. Quantities will be limited to four (4) boxes per vehicle.

Chief Mance, along with the chiefs and other command staff from Gary PD, Hobart PD, and IUN PD, recently participated in a panel discussion at the Urban League's 2018 Diversity and Inclusion Symposium. The event was well attended by various community partners throughout the Region with many great discussions taking place. We are honored to have been invited to participate. #diversity #police

Our very own Officer Sekula, who is currently assigned as an SRO to our schools, is serving as a Blue Knight at this year's Fair Haven Fairy Tale Ball. At the ball, Officer Sekula will serve as an example of a gentlemen to young girls by opening doors, providing escorts to tables and dancing with the little princesses. In addition to all of the princess centered festivities of the night, one of the Blue Knights will be named Prince of the Blue. If you'd like to see Officer Sekula earn this honor, please take a moment to vote for him on the link below. https://www.nwitimes.com/vote-now-who-should-be-prince-of-the-blue-at/collection_3f05ff3e-c7df-11e8-bbd8-679ea23eda9d.html#3

GRIFFITH POLICE ISSUE WARNING ABOUT TELEPHONE SCAM While we realize this scam is not new and has been going on for quite some time, the Griffith Police Department has received an increased number of reports from citizens who have received telephone calls from callers who claim to be from the IRS. The callers call from a telephone number that has apparently been “spoofed”. “Spoofing” is when a caller uses computer software to disguise the actual originating telephone number on caller ID, with another number, possibly even from a legitimate business or other source. The caller claims that the residents owe money to the government and insist they pay the money owed or risk a warrant being issued for their arrest. They advise the resident to provide them with bank account or credit card information, or to purchase gift cards and then call back to a telephone number provided, in order for the resident to advise them of the gift card numbers. The scam has also included a follow up telephone call by the caller claiming to be the police in which the caller ID displays the local police departments published number. Note that the IRS does not: • Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes. • Demand that you pay taxes without the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe. You should also be advised of your rights as a taxpayer. • Threaten to bring in local police, immigration officers or other law-enforcement to have you arrested for not paying. The IRS also cannot revoke your driver’s license, business licenses, or immigration status. Threats like these are common tactics scam artists use to trick victims into buying into their schemes. Unfortunately, the IRS scam is not the only type of telephone scam that has been reported. There has also been a report of a Microsoft scam where the caller claims to have detected viruses on the victim's computer and can fix the problem with a payment via email. Once the victim refuses to pay any more money, the caller then blocks the victim out of their computer causing even more financial burden on the victim by having to get their computer fixed. WHAT YOU CAN DO: • End the phone call immediately. • Do not give any personal information of any kind. • Report the incident to police. • NEVER purchase gift cards as a form of "payment". WHAT ELSE YOU CAN DO: • Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration to report a phone scam. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484. • Report phone scams to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" in the notes. • Report an unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS, or an IRS-related component like the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov In any cases that residents would be in a legitimate situation where funds are owed, they would ultimately be notified by mail, not by telephone. Citizens who have been contacted by anyone claiming that they owe, or are owed, anything, should not give any information to the source contacting them, and if they feel that the call could be legitimate, to contact the agency or business using the publicly advertised contact information. If still in doubt, call the police for assistance.

Congratulations on your retirement, Highland Officer Swisher. On behalf of the Griffith Police Department and our community, we thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Please take note of this PSA advising that there will be significant traffic delays this Sunday, throughout Lake County, to include Griffith.

As you may have heard, Griffith PD is hiring. It looks like Officer Merschantz found our newest candidates this morning at Wadsworth Elementary School. However, it may be a few years before you see them on the road! 🚔

Just a heads up, we have a partial day road closure in town, weather permitting on Friday.

What a great picture of Cpl. Gerdzos and this young boy. We wholeheartedly appreciate the bond we have with our community and we love when people share captured moments such as this.

The Eleventh Of September Written by Roger J. Robicheau ©2002 We mourn their loss this day this year Those now with God, no danger near So many loved ones left do stand Confronting loss throughout our land My heart goes out to those who do No one can fathom what they view I firmly pray for peace of mind Dear God please help each one to find And to our soldiers now at war God guide above, at sea, on shore They are the best, I have no doubt Our country’s pride, complete, devout The finest force you’ll ever see All freedom grown through liberty One final thought comes clear to me For what must live in infamy Absolutely – We’ll Remember The Eleventh – Of September

We regret to inform you that due to the weather, this year’s Public Safety and Community Day has been cancelled. We hope to see everyone next year!

POLICE INVESTIGATING SHOTS FIRED INTO A HOME. Griffith police are investigating an incident that occurred at approx 1:45 am on August 31st, 2018 of which multiple shot were fired, striking the home, located in the 200 block of E Columbia Ave, several times. Nobody inside the home was injured. Officers had heard the shots themselves and as they were en route to the area to investigate, they were dispatched to the area after a 9-1-1 call was received. Officers and detectives recovered evidence at the scene which is being processed. Police have reason to believe that this is not a random act and may have stemmed from a prior incident in another town, involving the residents of the rental property located in the 200 block of E Columbia Ave. Extra patrols have been assigned to the area and active leads are being looked into. Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call Detective John Mowery at 219-924-7503 ext 256, or the Griffith Police Anonymous Tip Line at 219-922-3085.

With over 50 teams, organizations, businesses and clubs participating this year AND free bounce houses, a photo booth, superheros, princesses and face painting, there’s something for everyone!

For those of you coming out to Rock'N'Rail and are unsure of where to park, here's some information. We hope that you come out and enjoy yourselves, and the great line-ups that are planned for all 3 stages all weekend long.

We are proud to showcase Griffith’s 2018 Hometown Hero Award recipient, Officer Merschantz as this week’s Officer Bio! ➡️Number of years with the Griffith Police Department: 5 ➡️Rank: 1st Class Patrolman ➡️The best thing about working for Griffith PD: “I enjoy working for a department where I believe the community truly supports their police officers. Our department participates in many different programs alongside our community that are either meant to build the relationship we have with the members of our town or offer our assistance in some way, outside of the normal realm of the police. One program I am proud of is the Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative (PAARI), which involves the Griffith Police Department utilizing resources and contacts that we have already established with local rehabilitation and detox centers in our area to find treatment for anyone who suffers from addiction. Anyone who is suffering from an addiction, can walk into the police department, 24/7, without the fear of arrest, and an officer will assist them with finding a rehab or detox center that works with their specific circumstances and addiction. Since we implemented PAARI, it has shown a positive impact overall in our town and the year to date number of overdoses has seen a decline.” ➡️Life outside the PD: “When I'm not working I love spending time with my family, going to car shows, baseball games, and concerts.” Congratulations Officer Merschantz and thank you for the great work you’ve done with the PAARI program.

Within the last few weeks, we have received multiple questions from our residents about something called Smart911. Smart911 is a profile that can be created by anyone for themselves, their families, pets, households, etc. The profiles are meant to assist emergency personnel in instances where a person may not be physically or mentally capable of letting someone know that they are in need of help. More information about Smart911 can be found in the graphic provided below and on Lake County 911's Facebook page where they can answer all of your questions and assist you in creating your profile.

***UPDATE*** On August 17, 2018, officers responded to American Natural Resources after an employee discovered that an antique rifle had been stolen from an interior office. Upon review of surveillance footage from within the business and surrounding businesses, we posted these photos requesting the assistance of the public in identifying this person of interest. The Griffith Police received numerous tips and were able to identify the subject and his vehicle ultimately leading to the recovery of the firearm and it's return to the rightful owner. The lead officer on the case was able to secure charges from the Lake County Prosecutor's Office. We would like to thank the diligent citizens who came forward to aid in the investigation.

Look what made it’s way into our garage. Thank you for the tips.