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Trick-or-treat in Chesterton will be Thursday, October 31

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Trick-or-treat in the Town of Chesterton will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.

So the Police Commission voted at its meeting Tuesday evening.

Trick-or-treat will 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.

In related 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.

The roadways: 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 commission.

Finally, Cincoski reported the resignation of Officer Erik Palleson, effective Oct. 15, who has accepted a position with the Valparaiso Police Department.

Rx Takeback

Meanwhile, Cincoski 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.

Fleet Order

Cincoski also 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 property-tax rate.

Cincoski said that he will later approach the Town Council for authorization to use CCD moneys to equipment the squad cars.

Bulletproof Vests

And Cincoski 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.


The commission 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).



Posted 10/10/2019




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