South Bend — Sheriff Mike Grzegorek may have a new title and a new office that comes with it, but as a 23-year law enforcement veteran, keeping people safe is familiar territory.
During his campaign, Grzegorek — most recently the assistant commander of the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit — was careful to call himself not a politician, but a police officer. Now officially sworn in and on the job, he says his top priority is getting more officers on the street.
“We are down 20 officers [from] four to six years ago, and our call volume has gone up,” he said.
Part of the plan to remedy that includes moving eight to ten county police officers from courthouse security back to road patrol. Those officers would be replaced by civilian security personnel.
"The judges seem to be really perceptive as do the commissioners I’ve spoken to,” he said.