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CPD Officer Alexias DeJesus receives commendation for response to burglary

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Chesterton Police Officer Alexias DeJesus has been commended for her professionalism in responding to a report of a burglary this summer in Ogden Dunes.

At the Police Commission’s meeting last week, Police Chief Dave Cincoski read a letter from Ogden Dunes Town Marshall Jim Reeder, who had nothing but good things to say about Alexias’ performance on the night of Aug. 13 after an in-progress residential entry was reported in OD.

Burns Harbor and Portage officers also responded to the scene and an arrest was duly made.

“The initiative and professionalism of Office DeJesus are greatly appreciated,” Reeder stated in his letter. “Without her assistance and that of the other outside agencies, the offender very likely would not have been located and arrested. It isn’t often that police officers are given recognition for a job well done. This is one of those times and I am very happy to be able to commend her for her work ethic and give my heartfelt thanks.”

Cincoski told the commission that a copy of Reeder’s letter has been placed in DeJesus’ personnel file, while members expressed their appreciation to DeJesus for her excellent work.

Hiring Update

In other business, Cincoski reported that the CPD has made two hires.

The first, William Scheiderer--a seven-year veteran of the Dyer Police Department--began duty in September and has already been released from field training, Cincoski said. Scheiderer’s field training officers “were extremely impressed with his work as a police officer” and the quickness with which he learned CPD procedures. Scheiderer will now be “working on geographical locations in Chesterton,” Cincoski added.

On Cincoski’s recommendation, members voted unanimously to grant Scheiderer the off-duty use of his squad car, given his prior experience and his rapid release from field training; as well as to grant him, per the Personnel Policy Handbook, a laternal-transfer vacation benefit equivalent to seven years of service with the town.

Also hired, and set to begin today, was Adam Alicea, formerly an employee with Porter County Juvenile Probation. He has yet to attend the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, Cincoski said.

September in Review

In September the CPD responded to 610 calls (781 in August), filed 84 cases (75), issued 58 citations and 23 warnings (63 and 59), and investigated 26 accidents with four injuries (34 accidents with 10 injuries).

Calls for service in September included 113 suspicious persons or vehicles (118 in August), 17 thefts (26), six incidents of vandalism (10), two overdoses (three), 25 alarms (42), six animal complaints (nine), 120 traffic stops (196), 24 well-being checks (20), two reports of battery (zero), one burglary (one), 34 disturbances (42), five reports of fraud (five), two motor vehicle thefts (zero), one sexual assault (one), one robbery (zero), and one runaway (two).



Posted 10/15/2018




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