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CPD Officer Michael Manion and Lt. Joe Christian receive commendations

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Two Chesterton Police officers received commendations for their work at the Police Commission’s meeting last week.

The officers: Officer Michael Manion and Lt. Joe Christian.

Manion was specifically commended for the exceptional quality of his reports and narratives, which as Police Chief Dave Cincoski told the commission have drawn high praise from his supervisor, Sgt. David Virijevich. “It is a professional objective of his to record accurately and vividly in detail all the proper elements that are being investigated,” Cincoski quoted Virijevich in a memo. “And when that work is done properly, follow-up is that much easier.”

Cincoski, for his part, in expressing his appreciation to Manion for his “100-percent work ethic,” added that his reports have become templates for use in the training of probationary officers.

Christian, on the other hand, was commended for his long history of outreach to the community and in particular to the Duneland Schools. “There are those of us who conduct ourselves and perform those tasks simply because we are told to or because it is what we are assigned to do,” Cincoski said. “There are others of us who selflessly go beyond that which is simply required of us to do. Lt. Christian is one of the latter.”

Besides developing and operating the CPD’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, Christian several years ago established a “foot patrol program with and in the schools,” Cincoski noted. “Lt. Christian has been involved in regular reading sessions with our surrounding elementary schools, often on his off-time, and he’s taken the lead to liaison with local Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups, all of which fosters and continues a positive relationship with many groups and citizens.”

Commission members extended their personal thanks to both Manion and Christian for their service not only to the CPD but to Duneland at large.

Mission, Values, and Philosophy of the CPD

In other business, the commission by consensus gave its blessing to a new Standard Operating Procedure entitled “Mission, Values, and Philosophy,” written by Cincoski.

Excerpts from the two-paged document:

The CPD’s Mission: “to provide efficient and quality police service to the community by providing a safe environment to maintain quality of life and protect the lives, property, and rights of all and the swift investigation, resolution, and incarceration of suspected offenders and criminal acts performed in our community.”

Its vision: “to be the premier law enforcement agency in Porter County with an emphasis on serving with courtesy, professionalism, and dedication.”

Its values and philosophy: “Our commitment to service, integrity, respect, honesty, and efficiency are pillars of our actions to keep us above reproach.”

Service: “We are dedicated to enhancing public safety and reducing the incidence of crime. The residents and visitors to our community are our most important customers. We will work in partnership with the people of our community and do our best, within the law, to solve community problems that affect public safety.”

Integrity: “We will conduct ourselves in a manner that merits the respect of all people. We will demonstrate honest, ethical behavior in all our interactions. We will exhibit the courage to stand up for what is right.”

Respect: “We believe that every individual deserves respect and dignity and are ever aware of this is our dealings with each other and the public we serve.”

Honesty: “We must always exercise honesty in the use of the power and authority that have been given to us by the people we serve.”

Efficiency: “We keep abreast of standard procedures, legal issues, and innovative topics in modern policing through regular training. We exercise discipline in strategic thinking about identifying trends, exploring alternative solutions, and solving problems.”


Posted 11/14/2017




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