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