Griffith police hope to add Mansards patrols

2012-11-20T22:00:00Z Griffith police hope to add Mansards patrolsCharles F. Haber Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
November 20, 2012 10:00 pm  • 

GRIFFITH | Police patrols may soon resume at The Mansards apartment complex, the Town Council learned Tuesday.

The recently created three-member Mansards committee will be ready to announce a plan within two weeks, said Council Vice President Rick Ryfa, R-3rd.

Acting Police Chief Matthew Moore said the committee has met with Mansards management and one result is a future police presence in north and south locations of the complex.

"They are open to it," Moore said, adding he hopes patrols will be added soon.

When the patrols begin, they could be in the form of two-person units, Moore said.

The police had regular Mansards patrols in the past, but that was a number of years ago, Moore said.

"I've (also) initiated a new tip line" that can be used by anyone, both within and outside the town," Moore said.

Residents can report suspicious activity and other information to the department — anonymously, if preferred, Moore said.

The number, which will be in service starting Nov. 28, is (219) 922-3085.

The council also placed $25,000 into the crime prevention fund.

"Also, we will be establishing a reward fund for tips we receive that result in an arrest and conviction," Ryfa said.

"I plan on making some small and positive changes to get the Police Department moving in a positive, forward direction" while serving as interim chief, Moore said.

Part of this will be to coordinate with local and federal officers to gather their input and suggestions, he said.

Moore also set up a "criminal interdiction" Friday along Ridge Road that included Griffith and Lake County officers.

Moore said he requested a couple of officers from the county, and the Sheriff's Department responded by sending five.

"It was a quick operation that I wanted to get going right away," Moore said, adding that more will follow.

Officers made several arrests on various charges and issued more than a dozen traffic tickets, he said.

The operation also tried to serve a murder warrant at a local residence, but the attempt was unsuccessful, Moore said.

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