To mark Men’s
Health Awareness Month, the male officers of the Chesterton Police
Department will once again be permitted to grow beards in November.
At its meeting
Thursday evening, the Police Commission voted unanimously to re-institute
No-Shave November, which even Member Pete Duda--a skeptic on the subject
last year--said proved to be a great idea.
“I was extremely
reserved when we discussed it last year,” Duda said. “But seeing it, how it
transpired, hearing comments from the citizens when they heard about the
program, I’m a believer now. The public was very supportive. The comments
were all positive. I didn’t hear any negative comments about the appearance
or image of the police department. I think it’s excellent for morale.”
Under current CPD
regulations, officers are allowed to grow mustaches only, so long as they’re
kept trimmed above the upper lip. No other facial hair is permitted.
Beginning on Nov. 1, however, officers may let their whiskers grow, with
this proviso: beards must be full--no goatees of Van Dykes, no elongated
sideburns--and must be kept clean and sharp.
officers, for their part, will be making donations to the Santa’s Helpers
outreach of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 141.
Some six to 10
officers participated in No-Shave November in 2016, Police Chief Dave
In other business,
the commission voted unanimously to close two roads for the duration of the
Duneland Chamber of Commerce’s annual Downtown Business Trick-or-Treat
event, from 3:45 to 6:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27.
South/North Calumet Road between West Indiana Ave. and Grant Ave.; and
Broadway from South Calumet Road to Fourth Street.
Chamber estimated last year’s attendance at 800, Cincoski believes that far
more people than that were trick-or-treating, and that the road closures
will allow folks to overflow the sidewalks and make crossing the street much
The CPD alone “went
through 2,500 pieces of candy last year,” Cincoski said. “That’s why I think
the Chamber’s number is on the low side.”
“I was there last
year,” Duda said. “I agree the crowd was three times (the Chamber’s number).
It’s a hoot for the kids.”
reported that Probationary Officers Alexias DeJesus and Kaitlin Bruning have
successfully completed their field training and, as of the end of September,
have been patrolling solo.
DeJesus and Bruning
have yet to attend the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. They’re on track to
do so early in 2018.
reported that the department’s newest recruit, Ethan Krivak, submitted his
resignation on Monday. Krivak--who’s been attending the Indiana Law
Enforcement Academy--resigned for personal reasons, Cincoski said.
The commission also
took receipt of a thank-you note from the Chamber, for assisting with
traffic control during the Hooked on Art festival in September.
“Your presence was
greatly appreciated,” European Market Director Jacqueline Thomas wrote.
“Thank you for all of your hard work.”
September in Review
In September the
CPD responded to 799 calls (703 in August), filed 65 cases (69), issued 122
citations and 99 warnings (72 and 72), and investigated 30 accidents with
five injuries (36 accidents with four injuries).
Calls for service
in September included two reports of shoplifting (one in August), 99
suspicious vehicles or persons (125), seven thefts (13), 42 alarms (42),
four incidents of vandalism (17), two overdoses (three), three animal
complaints (five), 287 traffic stops (178), one missing person (two), four
reports of battery (two), one burglary (two), one report of child abuse
(zero), 27 disturbances (29), three reports of counterfeit currency (zero),
eight reports of fraud (four), one motor vehicle theft (zero), one
repossession (zero), and two runaways (four).