And the CPD has
Sgt. Todd Kobitz of the Valparaiso Police Department to thank for it.
Kobitz was released
by Valparaiso Police Chief Jeff Balon to train Maverick at no cost to the
CPD, a savings of $6,000 to $8,000 and a professional courtesy for which
Chesterton Police Chief Dave Cincoski is profoundly grateful.
That’s why, at last
week’s meeting of the Police Commission, members voted unanimously to
proclaim Kobitz an honorary member of the CPD.
Excerpts from the
proclamation read by Cincoski:
“The Town of
Chesterton Metropolitan Board of Police Commissioners recognizes Sgt. Todd
Kobitz of the Valparaiso Police Department for services above and beyond the
call of duty by providing invaluable training to the Chesterton Police
Department and specifically the training and certification of Officer Erik
Pallesonand his canine partner, Maverick.
“As our token of
appreciation, the commission hereby appoints Sgt. Kobitz as an honorary
member of the Chesterton Police Department and designates him with Badge No.
79, which will be retired from future use in the department’s history.”
And so Kobitz comes
full circle, having begun his law enforcement career in 1998 as a CPD
A signed copy of
the proclamation has been forwarded both to Chief Balon and Valparaiso Mayor
Jon Costas, Cincoski noted. He added that Maverick “had his first nail last
purchased from FMK Kennels in Berrien Center, Mich., at a cost of $5,000.
Unlike his predecessors in the CPD, Kahr and Igor, Maverick received no
aggression training, per a policy adopted earlier this year by the
commission, as aggression training tends to reduce a K-9 partner’s useful
term of service by as many as two years. Instead, Maverick will be tasked
solely to drug searches and tracking duty.
For the record,
Maverick is named after Tom Cruise’s character in Top Gun,
and--according to Cincoski--his handler, Palleson, is already being called
“Goose” by his fellow officers, after Maverick’s wingman in the film, played
by Anthony Edwards.
In other business,
members agreed to interview in executive session the top 10 applicants for
the position of patrol officer, beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22.
Division is currently conducting background checks on applicants, Cincoski
commission took receipt of two thank-you notes.
The first, from a
resident of the 100 block of South Seventh Street, grateful for the help she
received from officers in “catching my dog and returning her to me safely.”
The dog “is my companion and best friend,” the resident added.
The second note,
plus a platter of cookies: from Chesterton First United Methodist Church,
for “the sacrifice and service you give to us daily.” The cookies “were
probably gone the first day,” Cincoski laughed.
July in Review
In July the CPD
responded to 663 calls (677 in June), filed 76 cases (36), issued 45
citations and 28 warnings (42 and 29), and investigated 39 accidents with 13
injuries (41 accidents with 12 injuries).
Calls for service
last month included one report of a shoplifting (zero), nine thefts (four),
nine incidents of vandalism (four), three overdoses (one), 40 alarms (46),
eight animal complaints (three), 139 traffic stops (168), 11 well-being
checks (14), two missing persons (zero), three reports of battery (two), one
burglary (zero), 57 disturbances (39), seven reports of fraud (one), one
report of indecent exposure (zero), one report of a sex offense (one), one
vehicle repossession (zero), and one runaway (four).