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Griffith police Lt. Jeff Gang (from left) Chief Greg Mance Probationary Officer Brad JohnsProbationary Officer Dalibor Lazic Probationary Officer Richard

Griffith police Lt. Jeff Gang (from left), Chief Greg Mance, Probationary Officer Brad Johnson, Probationary Officer Dalibor Lazic, Probationary Officer Richard Merschantz and Det. Matt Argadine at the swearing-in ceremony for the three new probationary officers. | Photo provided

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Updated: September 19, 2013 6:09AM



Griffith has three new police officers. A swearing-in ceremony was held Thursday at the 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 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, 28, or Highland resident. He is a 2003 graduate of Morton High School and a 2007 graduate of Indiana State University. Merschantz was previously employed by the education technology company Blackboard. Thanks in part

Dalibor “Danny” Lazic, 34, of Schererville. He 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.

Bradley Johnson, 27, of Hammond resident. He 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.

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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