(Photo Courtesy of the Griffith Police Department)
A swearing in ceremony for three probationary police officers took place at the August 8, 2013 Griffith Safety Board meeting, bringing the number of officers for the department up to 29. The three officers are presently in the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy located in Hobart. They will receive 15 weeks of intensive police training at the academy followed by 12 weeks of Field Training provided the Griffith Police Department.
The three officers are:
- Richard Merschantz, a Highland resident, 28 years of age – Probationary Officer Merschantz is a 2003 graduate of Morton High School and a 2007 graduate of Indiana State University. Having earned a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Indiana State, Probationary Officer Merschantz previously was employed by the education technology company Blackboard. Thanks in part to the influence and example demonstrated by Officer Merschantz’s cousin, who is a Chicago Police Officer, Probationary Officer Merschantz was drawn to the law enforcement field and we are enthused to have him join our department.
- Dalibor “Danny” Lazic – a Schererville resident, 34 years of age - Probationary Officer Lazic is a 1997 graduate of Lake Central High School and a certified precision machinist, who, since 2002, owned and operated Colfax Muffler and Brake in Griffith. Recognizing his true dream to be a police officer, Probationary Officer Lazic sought and achieved his goal of becoming a police officer for the town he has served for the past 10 years as a businessman.
- Bradley Johnson – a Hammond resident, 27 years of age - Probationary Officer Johnson is a 2005 graduate of Lake Central High School, a certified auto and diesel mechanic, and an A.B.A.T.E. of Indiana motorcycle riding instructor. Probationary Officer Johnson is fulfilling his dream by following in his family’s law enforcement footsteps as he is the nephew of retired Griffith Police Lieutenant Don McCarter and is cousin to current Griffith Police Officer Cory McCarter.
Chief Mance stated that, “These three officers bring a diverse work and life history to the department that will be an asset to them and the town with the perspectives that each bring with them. They have all worked very hard to be here today and we are fortunate to have them become part of our law enforcement family.”
Two additional officers are expected to be hired in early 2014 which will bring the department up to a full staff of 31.
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