Police Department will be participating in the U.S. Drug Enforcement
Administration’s prescription drug Take-Back initiative, from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the CPD station, where officers will be on hand
to collect from the public any expired, unused, or unwanted prescription
medications in pill or tablet form only.
No needles or
liquids will be accepted.
As Cincoski noted
at the Police Commission’s meeting Thursday evening, there is also a secure
collection receptacle in the lobby of the CPD station, available for public
use 24/7. Enter the building at 790 Broadway and turn left.
initiative has a twofold value, Cincoski said. First, it takes out of
circulation prescription drugs which could potentially be stolen from
household medicine cabinets and abused or sold on the street. Second, many
of these drugs have been found to contaminate local receiving waters or
ground water when flushed down the toilet or thrown in the garbage.
“Many of the drugs
that people take aren’t treatable by wastewater treatment plants,” Cincoski
said. “Nobody wants those getting flushed or put out with the trash.”
“Can you imagine
those drugs going out to Lake Michigan or into the ground water?” added Town
Council Member and CPD Liaison Emerson DeLaney, R-5th.
During the last two
Take-Back initiatives, the CPD has collected more than 1,100 pounds of
unwanted prescription medication, Cincoski noted.
In other business,
Cincoski reported that the installation of in-car and body cameras would
begin on Monday, April 29, and continue through the week, along with
training for the 18 patrol officers who will be so equipped.
In February the
Town Council approved the purchase of the system--Bodyworn by Utility
Associates Inc.--for a five-year total cost of $212,900.
The system includes
a number of what DeLaney has previously described as “amazing features,”
including this one: the cameras will automatically activate when an officer
draws his or her service weapon or removes the CPD-issued shotgun from its
storage locker in the vehicle.
In advance of the
system purchase, the Police Commission endorsed a new Standard Operating
Procedure for the use of the cameras. The SOP includes the following:
prohibited from using recording systems for personal use and from making
personal copies of recordings created while on duty.”
not be used by any member of the department for the purpose of
embarrassment, intimidation, or ridicule.”
recognize that in activating a recording system, there are situations where
a person has been the victim of a highly personal crime, such as a sexual
assault, or where the victim has made it known they do not wish to be
recorded, or while inside a residence. Officers should consider the
evidentiary value versus the detrimental effect on the victim when
determining if deactivating the recording system is warranted.”
reported that Probationary Officer Adam Alicea is set to graduate from the
Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy at 1 p.m. Friday, April 26.
He also reported
that a written test has been scheduled for May 21 for those officers wishing
to pursue a pair of promotions: one to sergeant, the other to corporal.
recommendation, members voted unanimously to authorize him to apply for a
Fiscal Year 2020 bulletproof vest grant from the U.S. Department of Justice,
which would reimburse the CPD 50 percent of the cost of a vest.
Under Indiana Code,
a law enforcement agency must provide a properly warrantied bulletproof vest
to every sworn officer. Vest warranties expire in five years, however, which
means that departments must continually put new vests into rotation.
The CPD will need
to replace 12 vests next year. Should the CPD receive a DOJ grant, the
estimated total cost of that purchase, approximately $10,000, could be
halved, Cincoski said.
March in Review
In March the CPD
responded to 627 calls (567 in February), filed 53 cases (74), issued 77
citations and 93 warnings (57 and 65), and investigated 31 accidents with 12
injuries (34 accidents with four injuries).
Calls for service
in March included one report of shoplifting (none in February), 67
suspicious vehicles or persons (54), nine thefts (seven), 36 alarms (22),
one incident of vandalism (two), two overdoses (one), four animal complaints
(one), 218 traffic stops (184), nine well-being checks (18), one report of
battery (none), four burglaries (one), 17 disturbances (16), two reports of
counterfeit bills (two), and three reports of fraud (four).