The Administrative Division is responsible for handling the day-to-day operations of the department. Our responsibilities include setting department policy, overseeing personnel, managing the department fleet, upgrading and maintaining equipment, and budgeting issues. We work together with the office personnel to run an efficient and effective police department.
CHIEF STEVE SCHECKEL
Chief Scheckel pledged the Oath of Office in 1989. He served as a patrolman in the Uniform Division before being promoted to Sergeant. While in the patrol division, he served as a Firearms Instructor, Armorer, and E.M.T. In December 2008, he was appointed as Chief of Police by the Munster Town Council. He has been awarded the department's Officer of the Year Award (twice, most recently in 2008) and received numerous other commendations and Exemplary Service Awards. Chief Scheckel has a Bachelor's Degree in Law Enforcement Management and a Master's Degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Calumet College of St. Joseph. He is also a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command.
LIEUTENANT KURT MATZ
Lieutenant Matz pledged the Oath of Office in 1983. He served as a patrolman in the Uniform Division for five years before being promoted to Sergeant. While in the patrol division he developed the Munster Police Department Field Training Program and Emergency Medical Technician Program. He also created the department's Infection Control Compliance Program. In 2002 he was promoted to Lieutenant and was placed in charge of the Uniform Division. Lieutenant Matz has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from St. Xavier University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Indiana University Northwest. He is also a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command.
LIEUTENANT ED STRBJAK
Lieutenant Strbjak pledged the Oath of Office in 1983. He served as a patrolman in the Uniform Division for five years before being assigned to the Investigations Division. After serving as a Detective for several years he was then promoted to Sergeant and was assigned back to the Uniform Division. He was eventually assigned to the Investigations Division as the Detective Sergeant and was promoted to Lieutenant in 2004. Lieutenant Strbjak serves as the Commander over the Investigations Unit and oversees the school officers.
LIEUTENANT JOHN PEIRICK
Lieutenant Peirick pledged the Oath of Office in 1998. He has served in the Patrol Division as a road officer and supervisor before being assigned to lead the department's Tactical Patrol Unit, which he still supervises. Lieutenant Peirick is also a certified member of the Northwest Regional SWAT Team, is a certified firearms instructor, and will oversee the department's intelligence programs. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2016 and has received a number of Exemplary Service Awards during his time with the department.
SERGEANT DAYMON JOHNSTON
Sergeant Johnston pledged the Oath of Office in 2001. He began his career as a Patrolman in the Uniform Division until being assigned as a Detective in the Investigations Unit. Sgt. Johnston was later named the department's Intelligence Officer before being promoted to Sergeant in October 2009. He is a certified Field Training Officer, Evidence Technician, and Honor Guard member (which he supervises) and he has received numerous Exemplary Service Awards during this time with the department. Sgt. Johnston completed his Master's Degree in Law Enforcement Administration through Calumet College of St. Joseph and was named the department's Accreditation Manager in 2013.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TO THE CHIEF OF POLICE NANCY NADRATOWSKI
Nancy Nadratowski came to the Munster Police Department in July of 2000 from the Munster Parks & Recreation Department, bringing with her over 15 years of office experience and customer service skills. She was hired by former Chief William Sudbury July 3, 2000 to serve as his secretary. Today, she continues to serve under current Chief Steve Scheckel as his Administrative Assistant. Besides general office work, Nancy's responsibilities include coordinating and implementing the hiring process for new police officers, processing payroll for all department employees, coordinating travel plans for staff, creating annual reports and brochure publications, processing incoming invoices for payment, completing, processing and retaining grant information, and assisting the Chief of Police, Lieutenants and all other Munster Police Department personnel as needed.
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