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Chesterton Police Cpl. Jamie Copollo honored

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Chesterton Police Cpl. Jamie Copollo has been awarded the CPD’s Lifesaving Award, following her quick and professional actions on April 15 at the scene of an attempted suicide.

Police Chief Dave Cincoski presented the award at the Police Commission’s meeting last week.

According to the citation, Copollo was the first on the scene after the CPD received a report of a “distraught resident” at a home and on arrival observed the man “hanging from a rafter in the garage.”

“The subject was showing physical signs of distress” but Cpl. Copollo succeeded in cutting him down from the rafter, removing him from danger, and then rendering first aid until EMS arrived, Cincoski said. Copollo subsequently assisted paramedics at the scene until the man was transported to hospital.

“The subject’s self-induced injuries were traumatic and the initial assessment and prognosis were severe,” Cincoski added. “But the patient was placed on a ventilator and treated. According to medical staff, Cpl. Copollo’s quick actions and immediate response resulted in the patient’s making a full recovery with no permanent injuries or damage.”

Members congratulated Copollo for her superb work and thanked her for her commitment to the community.

Retirement Salary

In other business, members voted unanimously to endorse a proposal made by Cincoski to ask the Town Council to increase the “retirement salary” of a First-Class Officer with 36 years of service from $55,203.20 to $70,000, to bring it in line with retirement salaries provided by other departments in the CPD’s market area: in Porter, $71,295.58; in Portage, $74,500.

Currently the Town Council is considering raising the retirement salary to $60,000, which would bump a retired officer’s annual pension benefit from $28,851.60 to $31,250.05. Increasing the retirement salary to $70,000, however, would bump the benefit to $33,851.60.

Cincoski offered a couple of reasons for the $70,000 retirement salary. Not only would it make the CPD’s retirement salary competitive with that of other departments, it would create an incentive for senior officers to retire. “While we value all of our department employees, we believe that there are officers who may wish to pursue alternate endeavors but may simply be hanging on to amplify their retirement benefits,” he said.


Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to promote Probationary Officers Alexias DeJesus and Kaitlin Bruning to Second-Class Officers--effective May 15--following their graduation from the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.

“They did very well by all accounts,” Cincoski told the commission.

With Gratitude

The commission also took receipt of two thank-you notes.

The first: from Making Strides for Porter County, for the CPD’s support of a recent fundraiser for breast cancer research.

The second: from Ogden Dunes Town Marshal Jim Reeder, expressing his appreciation to CPD and Porter PD units for securing the entrance to the town in the early morning hours of April 13, while ODPD and Burns Harbor PD officers searched for three subjects suspected of committing a burglary. Those subjects were subsequently located and six thefts in Ogden Dunes were cleared, Reeder said.

April in Review

In April the CPD responded to 580 calls (664 in March), filed 61 cases (64), issued 38 citations and 36 warnings (64 and 50), and investigated 35 accidents with six injuries (35 accidents with seven injuries).

Calls for service in April included one report of a shoplifting (zero in March), 87 suspicious persons or vehicles (87), nine thefts (six), 39 alarms (32), four incidents of vandalism (six), two overdoses (one), one animal complaint (four), 138 traffic stops (195), 13 well-being checks (17), one missing person (zero), two reports of battery (two), three burglaries (one), 26 disturbances (30), four reports of fraud (10), three motor vehicle thefts (zero), and four runaways (one).





Posted 5/15/2018




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