Police Commission Zoomed its monthly meeting on Thursday.
The main topic:
Police Chief Dave
Cincoski reported that self-isolation and social-distancing have drastically
reduced both crime and traffic accidents since Gov. Eric Holcomb issued his
shelter-in-place order on March 23:
-- Calls for
service had fallen by 40 percent.
arrests, by 100 percent.
-- The issuance of
summonses, by 72 percent.
-- Accidents, by 77
-- Meanwhile, there
has been no increase in reports of domestic incidents.
“I give credit to
our residents,” Cincoski said. “They’re being respectful and respectful of
others, and observing the governor’s shelter-in-place order.” He added that,
in the days immediately following the issuance of the order, the CPD was
receiving two to four reports per day of violations, at Dogwood Park, for
instance. But “those have gone down drastically,” Cincoski said, as officers
have been assigned to patrol locations where people have been congregating.
Cincoski also noted
that, while calls for service have dropped 40 percent, those calls which are
actually being forwarded to officers in the field by the dispatchers have
decreased by fully 60 percent, meaning that the dispatchers are able to
handle many of the calls themselves.
Member Mike Orlich
wanted to know how well officers are stocked with personal protection
equipment. Pretty well at this point, Cincoski said. The CPD at the moment
is in possession of 120 n95 masks and 100 surgical masks, after the Porter
County Emergency Management Agency provided 50 of the former and 20 of the
With the closure of
the Duneland Schools, two of the three school resource officers are working
cases in the Investigations Division, and the third has been assigned to
"I wish everyone
and their families continued health,” Member Pete Duda said at the end of
the meeting, “and I hope and pray this distancing ends soon.”
In other business,
members voted unanimously to promote Officers Eric Lisoski and Jacob Ray to
the probationary rank of corporal; and Sgt. Dan Rocha to the probationary
rank of lieutenant.
Rocha is now
working in the Investigations Division.
The promotions will
officially take effect on Sunday, April 12.
members agreed to suspend the hiring process and cancel a scheduled
executive session until at least its May meeting, at which time--depending
on the status of the pandemic and the shelter-in-place order--they may agree
to resume it.
Two of the three
squad cars in the 2019 fleet order have been equipped and delivered to the
CPD, Cincoski reported. The third is in transit between the dealership and
the equipping contractor, Bartronics Inc. of Chesterton.
The 2020 fleet
order of three additional squad cars has been delayed until the auto
manufacturers are back in operation.
took receipt of two donations to the CPD Gift Fund: $1,000 from Jim Biggs,
for the purchase of any needed equipment; and $500 from Layna Bosse.
March in Review
for March were not yet available, Cincoski told members.