The raises which
the Chesterton Town Council granted to police officers in April have
evidently had a salutary effect on the CPDs hiring prospects.
As Police Chief
Dave Cincoski reported to the Police Commission at its meeting last week, he
now has 47 qualifying applications in hand, 12 of them graduates of the
Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, eight of them from sworn officers currently
serving with other departments and seeking a lateral-transfer hire.
Those 47 compare to
only seven applications received during the last hiring process, late in
2017. "This is great news," Cincoski said.
Member Mike Orlich
concurred. "To have 47 qualifying applications is just great and I hope the
Town Council see what a positive impact those wage increases have had."
"The veil has been
lifted," Member Pete Duda added. "We are viable."
employees received raises in April: for those not in the Police Department,
the bump was an across-the-board 4 percent. Police officers, on the other
hand, received scaled raises: probationary officers, 10.65 percent;
second-class officers, 9.45 percent; first-class officers, 20.75 percent;
corporals, 16.54 percent; sergeants; 12.42 percent; lieutenants, 8.83
percent; the assistant chief, 2.4 percent; and the chief, 4 percent.
The idea behind the
CPD bumps: to bring the Chesterton Police Departments wages more in line
with those paid by other departments in the "market area," and thus make the
CPD more marketable for prospective hires.
In other business,
members voted unanimously to approve a residents request for a designated
handicapped parking space in front of her home in the 600 block of West
Morgan Ave., across the street from Chesterton Middle School, whose teachers
use that on-street parallel parking area during the school day. Cincoski
told members that there is seldom space immediately in front of the womans
residence to park her handicapped accessible van.
Cincoski added that
he did tell the resident that the handicapped space is a public one and may
be used by anyone whose vehicle properly displays a handicapped tag.
Signage will be
erected and the street striped accordingly by the Street Department,
voted unanimously to approve the request of the Open Bible Church, 1401. W.
Porter Ave., to close South 14th Street between West Porter Ave. and
Jefferson Ave. from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 24, for an open house
Cincoski said that
the street would be used chiefly for parking and as a safety zone for
children. All vehicles on 14th Street will be parked in such a way as to be
able to move them quickly, and no residents driveway will be blocked, he
Department will supply the church with barricades for the closure, but
church staff will be responsible for placing and later removing them.
reported that, with the Town Councils approval, he has submitted the CPDs
application for a U.S. Department of Justice grant which would pay for half
the cost of next years re-supply of bulletproof vests: $6,100.
Cincoski noted that
under law the CPD is required to issue all officers a properly warrantied
bulletproof vest. A vests warranty, however, expires after five years,
necessitating its replacement.
May in Review
In May the CPD
responded to 637 calls (580 in April), filed 70 cases (61), issued 60
citations and 22 warnings (38 and 36), and investigated 35 accidents with 12
injuries (35 accidents with six injuries).
Calls for service
in May included one report of shoplifting (one in April), 96 suspicious
vehicles or persons (87), seven incidents of vandalism (four), 35 alarms
(39), four animal complaints (one), 148 traffic stops (138), 16 well-being
checks (13), five reports of battery (two), three burglaries (three), 30
disturbances (26), seven reports of fraud (four), one motor vehicle theft
(three), one runaway (four), and one report of a sex offense (zero).