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Chesterton Police hiring process in full swing after retirements

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By KEVIN NEVERS

For the first time in Chesterton Police Chief Dave Cincoski’s tenure, the CPD finished a year--2019--with its full complement of 24 officers.

Then two veterans promptly retired: Sgt. Randy Komisarcik, the long-time school resource officer (SRO) at Chesterton Middle School; and Assistant Chief Dave Lohse, a 27-year veteran of the department.

Both retired on Jan. 30. Lohse has accepted a position with the Chesterton Building Department.

So it was at Wednesday evening’s Police Commission meeting that Cincoski informed members that the latest hiring process is currently in full swing. Twenty-eight persons formally applied for a position with the CPD; 22 actually took the physical agility test on Feb. 1, with four of them not passing; the remaining 18 have since completed a standardized written examination and their scores should be available in the next couple of days, at which time background investigations will begin on the candidates.

Cincoski said that a short-list of applicants will be ready for the commission at its March 12 meeting, when he will ask members to schedule an executive session for the purpose of interviewing candidates.

New SRO

In related business, Cincoski announced that he has appointed Cpl. Michael Manion the new SRO at Chesterton Middle School.

Manion began in that position on Jan. 28.

Promotions Made Permanent

Meanwhile, at Cincoski’s recommendation, members voted unanimously to make permanent the ranks of three officers on probationary status since their promotions last summer:

¥Sgt. Nick Christian, effective Feb. 12.

¥Cpl. Bill Scheiderer, effective Feb. 4.

¥And Cpl. Manion, effective Feb. 18.

“There have been no issues, no concerns, no problems” with any of the promoted officers, Cincoski said.

2020 Fleet Request

By consensus members directed Cincoski to make his annual fleet vehicle replacement request to the Town Council.

Cincoski said that he will be asking the Town Council for three new squad cars.

In Gratitude

Members took receipt of several thank-you notes from the CHS Class of 2020, signed by seniors and expressing their gratitude to the CPD “for constantly watching over us and keeping us safe,” as one student wrote; “for protecting our community”; and “for everything you do for our school and our community.”

New Commission Member

The meeting opened with newly appointed Member Jeff Hornyak’s taking the oath of office administered by Clerk-Treasurer Courtney Udvare.

Members then voted unanimously to elect Hornyak secretary of the commission.

January in Review

In January the CPD responded to 886 calls (616 in December), filed 68 cases (52), issued 65 citations and 210 warnings (39 and 80), and investigated 38 accidents with six injuries (44 accidents with nine injuries).

Calls for service in January included 93 suspicious vehicles or persons (73 in December), 14 thefts (seven), 33 alarms (38), one incident of vandalism (six), six animal complaints (three), 402 traffic stops (191), 22 well-being checks (11), one missing person (none), two reports of battery (one), 19 disturbances (30), five reports of fraud (seven), and two runaways (none).

 

Posted 2/14/2020

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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