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CPD adopts new SOP on active shooter response

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The Chesterton Police Commission at its meeting Thursday evening unanimously adopted a new standard operating procedure entitled “Active Shooter/Rapid Response Deployment.”

Of chief importance, the SOP is very clear on the most salient point, that the initial responding officers--most likely patrol officers--are not to hesitate, indeed it “shall be deemed necessary,” to make “immediate deployment” and “immediate entry” if “violence is taking place on arrival.”

Unlike, that is, the first-responders at the scene of the Columbine High School mass shooting in Columbine, Colo.; unlike too the school resource officer at the scene of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting in Parkland, Fla.

According to the SOP: “If a threat is active and viable, initial responding officers are not to wait for backup officers and proceed as follows: (i) Stop the deadly force behavior of any suspect(s); (ii) Limit any suspect movement; (iii) Continue past any victim(s); (iv) Continue past any unexploded device(s); (v) Communicate progress and findings to additional responders . . ; (vi) Confront any suspect(s) by control and arrest, containment, or deadly force.”

Among other things, the new SOP also defines “active shooter” ("one or more subjects who participate in a random or systematic shooting spree, demonstrating their intent to continuously harm others"); and establishes protocols for the secondary response, for entry and support, for tactical team arrival, for on-scene chain of command, and for training, the latter of which includes “orientation to likely critical incident target sites"; contact team training on patrol rifle, shotgun, breach tool, and electronic control devices; tactical emergency medical training; and reality-based scenario training.

The commission also adopted amendments to several existing SOPs. Among them:

-- The CPD will continue to offer fingerprinting services free of charge to Chesterton residents and businesspeople. Those from out of town, however, must pay a nominal fee of $10.

-- Curfew violations will now be handled progressively: first-time violators will be issued warnings and second-time violators may be cited, depending on the circumstances of the violation. Third-time violators--within a one-year time frame--will be the subject of a juvenile report to be forwarded to Porter County Juvenile Probation.

Fireworks Debrief

In other business, Member Mike Orlich asked Cincoski whether the July 4 fireworks proved problematic for officers.

Far from it, Cincoski replied. “No significant issues,” he replied. “Certainly none we had to deal with proactively.”

More important, Cincoski said, users of fireworks on July 4 did an excellent job policing their debris. “I want to commend the town. Normally the day after, when you’re driving you’re constantly running over debris. I saw a lot of debris but it was swept into piles and then disposed of. The residents who were active were cognizant and conscientious. It was noisy, of course.”

With Gratitude

Meanwhile, the commission took receipt of three notes thanking the CPD for its service:

-- From the SK8 World roller skating rink in Portage, where CPD officers assisted Portage PD officers during a disturbance: “Thank you for your continued support and patronage, assisting alongside the Portage Police Department. You are true heroes every day that you put on a uniform. We greatly appreciate everything you do in order to keep our communities and local businesses safe.”

Accompanying the note were 24 personal bottles of hand sanitizer, one for every patrol officer.

-- From Leonard Sabouras: “Dear Police Officers, This is just a small token of our great appreciation for your service to the community. Thanks for keeping Chesterton safe and a town we can enjoy. Please be careful and safe in your line of duty.” Accompanying the note was a loaf of Swedish cardamon seed coffee cake from Sabouras’ grandmother’s recipe.

-- And one from the Fairhaven Jolly Sixties Club, signed by all the members, who “would like to thank our police officers for their services, hard work, protection, and dedication to our community.”

Farewell and Good Luck,

Mary Condor

Cincoski announced that longtime communications clerk Mary Condor, who served with the CPD for nearly 10 years, resigned July 2, to take a position with the Town of Porter.

“She’ll be sorely missed,” Cincoski said. Members wished Condor all the best and expressed their gratitude for her unfailing professionalism and dedication.

Executive Session

Cincoski reminded members that an executive session has been scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, for the purpose of interviewing candidates for the position of probationary patrol officer.

June in Review

The CPD responded to 942 calls in June (751 in May); filed 74 cases (72); issued 24 citations and 103 warnings (34 and 52); and investigated 24 accidents with six injuries (23 accidents with four injuries).

Calls for service included 118 suspicious vehicles or persons (118 in May), 11 thefts (none), 10 incidents of vandalism (five), one overdose (two), 36 alarms (28), four animal complaints (nine), 158 traffic stops (98 traffic stops), 19 well-being checks (18), five reports of battery (two), 66 disturbances (38), two complaints of forgery/counterfeit (none), eight reports of fraud (eight), one motor vehicle theft (none), and one runaway (two).



Posted 7/13/2020




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