Police plan extra patrols at The Mansards apartment complex in Griffith

2012-12-04T22:00:00Z 2012-12-05T00:07:07Z Police plan extra patrols at The Mansards apartment complex in GriffithCHARLES F. HABER Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
December 04, 2012 10:00 pm  • 

GRIFFITH | A meeting is planned for Wednesday between the police and management of The Mansards apartment complex, the Town Council said Tuesday.

"I'll meet with Linda (Jacknow) at the Police Department," interim police Chief Matthew Moore said.

He will meet with Jacknow, senior vice president of Levalon Properties, to work out details to increase police presence in the complex.

Moore noted that regular police patrols always have included The Mansards and the negotiations are aimed at placing off-duty officers in the complex to bolster the police presence.

He added that Mansards ownership is completely on board for the increased patrols to begin as soon as possible.

"We're in the process of working out the final details," Moore said.

Wednesday's meeting will fix the number of officers, the number of patrol hours and times of patrol, Moore said.

"The plan right now is to have two-man units," he said.

Council Vice President Rick Ryfa, R-3rd, said it is anticipated that the apartment complex will handle the cost of the off-duty officers.

"This is a nice first step forward," Ryfa said, adding that he hopes to continue the relationship to clear some of the issues in the complex.

Ryfa also said the council is getting positive public feedback on the changes made in the Police Department since Moore took over on a temporary basis.

This includes a more proactive approach, such as a recent "criminal interdiction" along Ridge Road that resulted in several arrests.

"We're excited to see this move forward," Ryfa said.

In other business, Ryfa said town officials will soon meet with newly elected state legislators about leaving Calumet Township in 2013.

"It looks promising," Ryfa said.

Ryfa stressed the incoming Legislature has local newcomers who are sympathetic to Griffith's wish to escape the financial drain of its membership in the township.

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