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CPD to participate in DEA Rx TakeBack on Saturday April 27

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The Chesterton 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.

The Take-Back 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-car/Body Cameras

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:

--“Officers are prohibited from using recording systems for personal use and from making personal copies of recordings created while on duty.”

--“Recordings shall not be used by any member of the department for the purpose of embarrassment, intimidation, or ridicule.”

--“Officers should 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.”


Meanwhile, Cincoski 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.

Bulletproof Vest Grant

At Cincoski’s 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).



Posted 4/19/2019




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