Chesterton Police Department’s K-9 unit, has been declared “surplus
At its meeting
Thursday evening, the Police Commission unanimously voted to surplus
Maverick, after Police Chief Dave Cincoski reported that his handler,
Officer Erik Palleson, resigned from the CPD to take a position with the
will enable Palleson to purchase Maverick for $990.
Cincoski said that
in order to keep Maverick on the CPD’s roster the dog would have to be
re-trained, and in any case no other officers expressed an interest in being
his handler. Nor is the VPD interested in purchasing Maverick. The only
other alternative: selling Maverick to Palleson as “a very expensive pet.”
The $990 price
falls just short of the $1,000 threshold at which bids would have to be
taken for the animal, and Cincoski said that putting Maverick on the public
auction block would hardly be in the dog’s best interest.
In other business,
Cincoski promised Michael Moore, a resident of Quail Court, that the CPD
will conduct a traffic study next year, to determine whether Moore’s request
to lower the current 30 mile per hour speed limit on North Sand Creek Drive
to 20 mph is warranted.
“We have a lot of
people driving 40 mph through this area, just 15 mph less than a highway,”
Moore said. “There are residences on both the east and west side of Sand
Creek Drive. There are backyards that back right up to this road, along with
shrubbery and trees that might hinder the sight of someone, mainly a child,
being able to see this traffic. There’s no good reason not to change this
speed limit to 20 mph in this residential area for the safety of all persons
Cincoski said that
he’ll be happy to conduct the traffic study but that it will have to wait
until after the winter and then after the scheduled re-paving of Sand Creek
told the commissioners that he’s planning to approach the Town Council at
its next meeting to request around $15,000 for the purchase of two digital
radio consoles for the Chesterton and Porter PD dispatchers (total cost
$31,000, to be split with the Town of Porter).
The consoles would
replace the current analogue models being used by the dispatchers, which,
Cincoski said, “don’t talk very well” with the new digital radio frequency
recently installed and now in use.
that new hires Jacob Ray, a 10-year veteran of the Michigan City Police
Department, and Ryan Miller, a two-year veteran of the LaPorte PD, are
earning excellent grades in their field training. “Both are performing very
well, from all reports I’ve had from the field training cadre,” he said.
“They are receiving rather high remarks.”
Later in the
meeting, members voted unanimously to approve a lateral transfer for Miller,
effective Jan. 1, at which time he will receive a 2nd Class officer’s pay
rate and vacation time appropriate for two years of service.
members also authorized Cincoski to begin a full hiring process with a
one-year hiring list, in advance of several anticipated retirements in the
New Year. The 30-day application period could begin as soon as Monday,
unanimously as well to approve a permit for the annual Twilight Christmas
Parade at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, stepping off as usual from
Westchester Intermediate School.
As part of that
vote, members authorized the CPD to ban parking after 3 p.m. along the north
side of Broadway between South Calumet Road and Third Street.
“There tend to be
wells of people 10 to 12 deep along that corridor,” Cincoski said. “And that
makes it hard for the larger vehicles to make the turn.”
the results of the Oct. 26 prescription drug takeback initiative sponsored
by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration: fully 266.5 pounds of unwanted
or expired medications were collected and turned over the DEA for proper
residents that a secure collection box is available 24/7 in the lobby of the
CPD station, and announced that