Oldham County Police Chief — Michael Griffin

October 16, 2008 by  
Filed under Citizen Spotlight

Oldham County Police Chief -- Michael Griffin

1.  What do you like most about living in Oldham County?

My family and I love the serenity of the county and its friendly people. We moved here in 1978 from Washington, D. C., and the frantic pace of that environment made Oldham County very appealing.  Our three sons went through the award-winning school system and we all have benefited from living in such a wonderful place.

2.  How did you end up in law enforcement, more specifically working for Oldham County?

I was an FBI Agent for 22 years, joining that agency in 1970.  My final 14 years with that agency was in the Louisville Office.  After being retired for nearly ten years, I was called to interview for the position of OCPD Chief in late 2002.  I accepted that position on January 6, 2003, and plan to stay for two more years.

3.  I noticed that the Oldham County Police has a Citizen’s Academy.  Can you tell me more about this program?

We do have a Citizens Academy and it has a class once each year, usually starting in April.  We will advertise a class early next year and we encourage people 18 years of age or older to apply.  It runs for ten weeks, one night a week, usually lasting three hours each night.  It gives our citizens an opportunity to become immersed in the police culture where they will receive instruction in policing techniques, administrative matters, police ride-a-along opportunities, K-9 observation and firearms opportunities.  Following successful completion of the 10-week course graduates have the option to join a Citizens’ Academy Alumni who meet once a month in support of the OCPD.

4.  What do you hope to see for the future of Oldham County?

As this great county continues to grow in population I’d want policing to grow in order to continue to maintain its high level of service to our citizens.  In a lagging economy this becomes a challenge but our citizens would expect nothing less and we will not disappoint them.

5.  How do you spend your time outside of the office? Any interesting hobbies?

I am an avid collector of military and western memorabilia that I display in my home.  Those include a military themed office/library and a John Wayne room.

6.  Are there any other comments or notes you’d like to share with the readers of Oldham County Wired?

I am honored to be the Chief of the Oldham County Police which is made up of dedicated officers and support staff.  I would ask each of our citizens to look for a reason to engage our officers in a meaningful conversation during which they will learn that we are much more than a flashing blue light in their rear-view mirror.  We find honor and satisfaction in our service to others.

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