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Griffith board accepts 30-day suspension, retirement of police sergeant

Updated: May 13, 2013 6:53AM



The Griffith Safety Board approved the 30-day suspension of the Police Department’s former second-in-command and also accepted his retirement letter after he was caught stealing $1,691 from the department.

Sgt. Michael Gulley already served the suspension, which started in February. He turned in his resignation letter on March 28.

The Safety Board voted unanimously on the suspension and the resignation without any discussion at its Wednesday night meeting.

Officer Paul Sines, who started overseeing the department’s Indiana Criminal Justice Institute Traffic Grant after November, noticed discrepancies between documents that Gulley had submitted for the grant and other records. The department eventually found he had falsified 36 hours of work worth $1,691. Gulley did not contest the charges and paid the money back.

The board also showed off Griffith’s first K-9 officer, Gino. Griffith businesses and residents raised the almost $50,000 it has taken to pay for the dog, which came from France. Officer Robert Gutierrez said Gino has gone through two weeks of training in Florida and has gone through two of six weeks of training in South Bend.

Gutierrez said Gino has done well but said he’s still careful with Gino around other people.

“He’s always a police dog,” Gutierrez said.



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