MCPD announces new officers

New MCPD officers Patrick Lewis, second from left, and Garrett McDaniel, middle, stand with Chief of Services Royce Williams, far left, MCPD Police Chief Mark Swistek, second from right, and Chief of Operations Kevin Urbanczyk, far right.

MICHIGAN CITY — Two new officers are joining the MCPD.

Michigan City Police Chief Mark Swistek and the Michigan City Police Commission, made up of President Michael Palmer, Vice-president Michael Buda and Secretary John Pliske, have announced the hiring of Patrick Lewis and Garrett McDaniel.

The two were sworn in by City Clerk Gale Neulieb and Swistek during a ceremony in the community room at the Michigan City Police Department.

Lewis, 24, was born in Chicago, later moving with his family to Gary where he currently resides. His mother, Nicole Lewis, is a registered nurse and his father, Patrick Sr., is deceased. Lewis graduated Calumet High School in 2013 and acquired a bachelor's degree in sociology from Purdue Northwest in Hammond in 2017. For the past two years he worked as an asset protection team leader for the Target Corporation. His decision to become a police officer began when he was 9 and thought this career was for him. He said he enjoys video gaming, weight lifting and spending time with his girlfriend and family.

McDaniel, 22, was born in Michigan City. He was raised and supported by his parents Mark and Sharon McDaniel in Trail Creek. Garrett graduated from Michigan Ciity High School in 2015. He then graduated from Vincennes University in December 2018 with a bachelor of science degree in homeland security and public safety. Prior to joining the MCPD, he worked as a technician for Indiana Lubricants. He said he enjoys the outdoors, including hunting, fishing and other activities.

According to the MCPD, the two new officers will begin their training immediately in various areas including firearms, defensive tactics, emergency vehicle operations and criminal law.

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