The Chesterton Police Department could be down as many as two officers from
its complement sometime later this summer, and Police Chief Dave Cincoski
warned the Police Commission at its meeting Thursday night that a muster
that light could put the department in “dire straits.”
Members accordingly voted 3-0 to authorize Cincoski to make a formal request
of the Town Council to fill any openings in the rosterŃshould push come to
shoveŃas expeditiously as possible.
Members also scheduled an executive session prior to its next meeting, July
11, to put the four or five shortlisted applicants from the last hiring
process “in some kind of pecking order,” as Cincoski put it.
Cincoski told the Chesterton Tribune after the meeting that two
officers may be leaving the CPD for other departments.
“They’re just moving on,” he said. “But if that is the case, we’re going to
be hurting pretty bad.”
In other business, members voted 3-0 to allow recently hired Probationary
Officer Mike Manion limited take-home use of his squad car, after Manion
successfully completed his field training.
Manion is now working solo, Cincoski said, with “very good remarks thus
far,” and under the CPD’s Rules and Regulations Manion is permitted, on the
commission’s authorization, to drive his squad car to and from work only.
Manion does live in the Town of Chesterton, Cincoski added.
The commission expressed its gratitude to Kappa Kappa Kappa for a donation
of $200 to the CPD Gift Fund and to Allison Kroft for one of $100.
May in Review
In May the CPD responded to 1,761 calls (1,617 in April), filed 41 cases
(34), filed six felony charges and 32 misdemeanor (six and 23), issued 120
citations and 322 warnings (65 and 271), served two warrants (four), and
investigated 36 accidents with six injuries (42 accidents with three
Also in May, the CPD assigned 38 juvenile cases and closed all of them
(three and one in April).
Calls for service in May included 36 alarms (31 in April), 23 animal
complaints (20), four reports of battery (five), one burglary (two), one
report of check deception (zero), one report of a counterfeit bill (one),
nine disturbances (nine), three domestic calls (one), two fireworks
complaints (zero), five reports of fraud (five), one report of identity
theft (one), 19 miscellaneous juvenile complaints (20), two missing persons
(one), one motor vehicle theft (zero), six noise complaints (three), seven
parking violations (one), 11 residence checks (four), three runaways (two),
61 suspicious circumstances (36), 20 suspicious persons (27), 24 suspicious
vehicles (28), 26 thefts (22), 442 traffic stops (424), six incidents of
vandalism (five), and three vehicle repossessions (zero).