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Police Commission to interview officer candidates

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By KEVIN NEVERS

The Chesterton Police Commission, anticipating the possible resignation of an officer, has scheduled an executive session for the purpose of making a hiring list.

At its meeting Thursday evening, the commission voted 2-0 to hold an executive session after its next meeting, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8.

Member Brandon Kroft was not in attendance.

The Town Council has not yet approved any new hires but Cincoski said that he wants a short list ready should authorization be made.

The commission will interview five candidates.

A Deal on a Squad Car?

In other business, the commission voted 2-0 to endorse the purchase of a specially priced Chevrolet Caprice from Arnell Chevrolet, at a savings of around $7,000 off the usual cost.

That price includes equipping the vehicle and Cincoski noted that purchasing the vehicle now would mean that the CPD would need to acquire only two new squads next year.

Cincoski will formally ask the Town Council at its next meeting, July 22, to approve the expenditure in Cumulative Capital Development funds.

New to Investigations

Cincoski also announced that Cpl. Nick Christian--now Det. Cpl. Christian--has been assigned to the Investigations Division, to fill the opening created by the retirement earlier this year of Det. Lt. Dave Adkins.

“He’s been progressing well,” Cincoski said.

Thanks to the Westchester

Animal Clinic

Cincoski took a moment later in the meeting to thank the Westchester Animal Clinic at 55 E. U.S. Highway 20 in Porter for its continued service to the CPD’s K-9 program.

The Westchester Animal Clinic donates annual check-ups and inoculations for the department’s two dogs, Igor (partnered with Sgt. Dan Rocha) and Kahr (partnered with Officer Erik Herbert).

Gratitude

Meanwhile, the commission expressed its gratitude to Jacquelene Lanter for her donation to the CPD Gift Fund of $75, with the notation “Thank you for your service.”

The Duneland Resale Shop, for its part, expressed its gratitude to the CPD for its participation in the recent Bark for Life fundraiser. “Without you and your support our event would not have been a success,” the Resale Shop noted in a card. “It was the biggest fundraiser to date.”

June in Review

In June the CPD responded to 1,924 calls (1,761 in May), filed 39 cases (41), filed 14 felony charges and 33 misdemeanor (six and 32), issued 136 citations and 344 warnings (120 and 322), served eight warrants (two), and investigated 28 accidents with 10 injuries (36 accidents with six injuries).

Also in June, the CPD assigned three juvenile cases and closed none of them (38 assigned and all of them closed in May).

Calls for service in June included 57 alarms (36 in May), 15 animal complaints (23), one report of battery (four), 18 disturbances (nine), eight domestic calls (three), 10 fireworks complaints (two), one report of forgery (zero), four reports of fraud (five), 26 miscellaneous juvenile complaints (19), two missing persons (two), one motor vehicle theft (one), nine noise complaints (six), seven parking violations (seven), three peddler complaints (zero), 11 residence checks (nine), one runaway (three), 60 suspicious circumstances (61), 26 suspicious persons (20), 41 suspicious vehicles (28), 22 thefts (26), 462 traffic stops (442), one train complaint (zero), four incidents of vandalism (six), and two vehicle repossessions (three).

 

Posted 7/12/2013