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28 apply to Chesterton Police, nearly half academy grads

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The Chesterton Police Department is progressing with its hiring process.

So Police Chief Dave Cincoski reported to the Police Commission at its meeting Wednesday night.

The CPD received 28 applications by the Dec. 20 deadline, Cincoski said. A “significantly large number of them--pretty near half--are academy graduates already or certified.”

A physical agility test and written examination will be scheduled early in February and then background investigations begun, with a short list of candidates probably set for interviews by the commission sometime in March, Cincoski said.

Lisoski Promoted

In other business, at Cincoski’s recommendation, members voted unanimously to promote Probationary Officer Eric Lisoski to Master Patrolman, effective Feb. 4, six months after he began his service with the CPD on a lateral hire.

Lisoski has multiple years of experience with the Trail Creek Police Department.

Lisoski “progressed extremely rapidly through the field training process and was released early with high recommendations,” Cincoski said. “Officer Lisoski has been a tremendous asset to the department and his shift mates and supervisors can’t speak highly enough of him.”

Fleet Order

Meanwhile, Cincoski reported that the three Ford Explorers ordered last fall are now on the line and being manufactured, but that Ford “is a little behind.”

“That’s the industry standard” for state quantity purchase agreements, he added.

The three vehicles will be 2020 models but reflect the CPD’s 2019 fleet order. Cincoski said that he expects to request authorization from the Town Council in February to make his 2020 order.

Election of Officers

Members voted unanimously to elect Pete Duda president of the commission for 2020 and Mike Orlich vice-president.

The commission’s third member--not yet appointed by the Town Council--will serve as secretary.

Change in Meeting Time

Members also voted unanimously to endorse changing the regular meeting time from 6 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The meeting day would remain--pending approval of the proposed time change by the Town Council--the second Thursday of every month.

Manuzzi Generosity

Members also expressed their deep gratitude to Darlene Manuzzi and her family for their annual $500 donation to the CPD Gift Fund, with an attached note reading “For your commitment to our community and surrounding communities.”

“I want to thank Mrs. Manuzzi and her family,” Orlich said. “They’ve been great supporters of the Police and Fire departments for many, many years.”

December in Review

In December the CPD responded to 611 calls (616 in November), filed 52 cases (75), issued 39 citations and 80 warnings (31 and 93), and investigated 44 accidents with nine injuries (41 accidents with 12 injuries).

Calls for service in December included 73 suspicious vehicle or persons (84 in November), seven thefts (16), 38 alarms (38), six incidents of vandalism (six), two overdoses (zero), three animal complaints (four), 191 traffic stops (171), 11 well-being checks (11), one report of battery (two), one burglary (one), 30 disturbances (28), seven reports of fraud (two), and one runaway (zero).



Posted 1/16/2020




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