GRIFFITH - Shortly after Greg Mance became Chief of the Griffith Police Department, he became aware of a big challenge of the job, getting female and minority applicants to apply. Then there was the even bigger challenge of getting them successfully through the application and testing process, to getting hired as an officer. Mance enrolled other organizations to help solve that problem.
One of the first successes to come out of the Prepare to Serve and Protect program is a female officer on the Griffith Police Department named Leslie Malerich. She credits the program a great deal for helping her land her dream job just in time. On many departments, officers have to be sworn-in by the time they are 36 and she is now a little older.
Another session of the police candidate training program is scheduled for Saturday, May 19th from 8a.m. until 2p.m. at Indiana University Northwest. People can register on the Crossroads YMCA website.