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'No Shave November' returns to the Chesterton Police Department

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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.

Beard-growing 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 Cincoski noted.

Road Closures

for Downtown Trick-or-Treat

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.

The roads: South/North Calumet Road between West Indiana Ave. and Grant Ave.; and Broadway from South Calumet Road to Fourth Street.

Although the 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 safer.

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.”


Meanwhile, Cincoski 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.

Cincoski also 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.

With Thanks

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).



Posted 10/13/2017




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