the Town of Chesterton will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct.
So the Police
Commission voted at its meeting Tuesday evening.
be held on the same day and at the same time in unincorporated Porter
County, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police announced earlier on Tuesday.
business, members also voted unanimously to close two roads from 3:30 to 6
p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, during the Duneland Chamber of Commerce’s annual
Downtown Business Trick-or-Treat event.
Calumet Road between Indiana Ave. and Grant Ave.; and Broadway between South
Calumet Road and Fourth Street.
The purpose of the
closures, Police Chief Dave Cincoski said: “For free and safe access for the
numerous visitors we get in the Downtown for the event.”
In other business,
members voted unanimously to grant a lateral transfer to new hire Jacob Ray,
a 10-year veteran of the Michigan City Police Department, whose first day
with the CPD is Oct. 28.
Under the lateral
transfer, Ray will enter his service with the CPD with the rank of Master
Patrolman but will still be on probationary status for a minimum of six
months. He will be eligible too for vacation time based on his length of
service with the MCPD.
Members also voted
unanimously to promote Probationary Officer Adam Alicea to 2nd Class
Patrolman, effective Oct. 13, following his successful completion of one
year of service with the CPD. “He’s coming along well,” Cincoski told the
reported the resignation of Officer Erik Palleson, effective Oct. 15, who
has accepted a position with the Valparaiso Police Department.
reported that the semi-annual Drug Takeback program--an initiative of the
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration--will be held at the CPD station from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Officers will be on hand to collect all
unwanted, unused, and expired prescription medications. One caution: no
needles or liquids will be accepted.
Over the years,
Cincoski noted, the CPD has collected nearly 100 pounds of medications for
proper disposal by the DEA.
Cincoski did remind
residents that a secure takeback box is located in the lobby of the CPD and
may be accessed for prescription drop-offs on a 24/7 basis.
reported that this year’s ration of squad cars--three Ford Explorers--has
been ordered from Lakeshore Ford, under a quantity purchase agreement with
the state. Total cost: $110,259, to be funded with Cumulative Capital
Development moneys. The CCD account is used exclusively for the purchase of
emergency vehicles and equipment, and is funded with a dedicated
Cincoski said that
he will later approach the Town Council for authorization to use CCD moneys
to equipment the squad cars.
reported that the CPD has been awarded a $3,585.65 grant from the U.S.
Department of Justice for the purchase of bulletproof vests. Cincoski said
that the grant will reimburse the CPD for the cost of 50 percent of six
vests through August 2021.
Under Indiana Code,
a law enforcement agency is required to provide every officer with a
bulletproof vest. A vest, however, is warrantied for only five years.
expressed its thanks to Brown’s Mini Storage for a $200 donation to the CPD
Gift Fund. “Robert Brown has been a great supporter of the CPD over the
years,” Member Mike Orlich noted. “And we appreciate that.”
And the commission
read a note of gratitude from Bailly Elementary kindergartners who
field-tripped to the CPD station: “Thank you for welcoming us into the
Police Department for our field trip. We had fun and learned a lot!”
September in Review
In September the
CPD responded to 788 calls (657 in August), filed 77 cases (92), issued 57
citations and 79 warnings (38 and 26), and investigated 41 accidents with
nine injuries (34 accidents with three injuries).
Calls for service
in September included 93 suspicious persons or vehicles (125 in August), 13
thefts (23), 35 alarms (46), three incidents of vandalism (four), one
overdose (zero), four animal complaints (one), 222 traffic stops (155), 20
well-being checks (26), three missing persons (zero), seven reports of
battery (one), two burglaries (one), 26 disturbances (35), one report of
fraud (seven), one report of sexual assault (zero), and one runaway (one).