Police Commission has authorized Police Chief Dave Cincoski to begin the
As Cincoski told
the commission at its meeting Thursday night, there are currently openings
for at least one corporal, possibly two, and for a sergeant.
Cincoski did say
that he isn’t ready yet to commence the process, as a written examination is
still being prepared by Pat Murray, formerly executive director of the
Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Murray has prepared similar
promotion exams for the Michigan City PD and the Elkhart County Sheriff’s
Police, Cincoski noted.
Cincoski said that
he’s shooting to begin the process formally in February.
In other business,
Cincoski reported that this year’s fleet order of three squad cars has been
postponed, because 2019 fleet vehicles are no longer being manufactured.
“The lines have been torn down and they’re working on new designs,” Cincoski
told the commission.
2020 squad cars
are available, but the State of Indiana’s quantity purchase agreement (QPA)
prices on the 2020 models haven’t yet been calculated, he added, and those
numbers probably won’t be out until August.
voted unanimously, on Cincoski’s recommendation, to allow new hire and
Probationary Officer Adam Alicea to use a CPD squad car only for the
purpose of driving to and from the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement
Academy, when he begins his training there on Monday.
Alicea has almost
but not quite completed his field training with the CPD.
Members took a
moment at the beginning of the meeting to thank Darlene Manuzzi and Family
for their generous donation of $500 to the CPD Gift Fund.
“Thank you for
risking your lives every day for the people of Chesterton and the
surrounding areas,” Manuzzi wrote in a card accompanying the donation. “You
are greatly appreciated.”
thanked the Residences of Chesterton for its gift of cookies to the CPD
officers, with this card: “Happy Law Enforcement Day! Thank you for saving
and protecting our community.”
“It’s nice that
people recognize our officers, because they’re out every day doing it for
the public,” Member Mike Orlich said. “It’s nice that people show
appreciation for that.”
Members opened the
meeting by electing Tim Scheerer president, Pete Duda vice-president, and
Members also voted
unanimously to re-schedule next month’s meeting to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7.
December in Review
In December the CPD
responded to 528 calls (561 in November), filed 69 cases (57), issued 49
citations and 19 warnings (42 and 17), and investigated 37 accidents with
nine injuries (41 accidents and nine injuries).
Calls for service
in December: one report of a shoplifting (zero in November), 86 suspicious
vehicles or persons (92), eight thefts (13), one incident of vandalism
(four), two overdoses (zero), 43 (42), one train complaint (zero), one
animal complaint (nine), 14 well-being checks (12), three missing persons
(zero), one report of battery (zero), 22 disturbances (15), two reports of
forgery/counterfeit (one), three reports of fraud (eight), one report sexual
assault (one), one repossession (zero), and one runaway (one).