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Chesterton Police Rx takeback a big success

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By KEVIN NEVERS

The Chesterton Police Department’s prescription drug takeback event on Oct. 24--part of a nationwide initiative organized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration--was a walloping success.

So Police Chief Dave Cincoski reported to the Police Commission at its meeting last week.

Some 472 pounds of of prescription medications--more than one-fifth of a ton--were collected, as well as 26 pounds of hypodermic needles, Cincoski said. “That’s far more than all other agencies in Porter County combined collected.” He added that the DEA agents who came by the station the next Monday to pick up the meds for proper disposal “were flabbergasted. They couldn’t believe how much we got.”

Those are drugs which now won’t “be floating around and used illicitly, or won’t be flushed down drains,” Cincoski noted.

Typically the CPD needs to empty the secured Rx and sharps containers in the station lobby at least twice a week, while “most other agencies go weeks without emptying them,” he said. “That says a lot about our town.”

Those containers are available to the public for drop-off 24/7. All meds except for liquids and ointments may be left in the secured Rx container.

Re: Beards

In other business, members unanimously voted to approve a Rules and Regulations amendment pertaining to beards. The R&R in question previously allowed male officers to wear a full beard or goatee during the winter months only, from Nov. 1 to March 31. The amended R&R now allows them to wear beards throughout the year.

Those beards must be “neat, trimmed, professional in appearance, clean-shaven and not extending beyond one inch below the jaw line, and of uniform whisker length,” according to the R&R.

Promotions

Meanwhile, members unanimously voted to approve two promotions.

The first: 2nd Class Officer Adam Alicea’s promotion to Master Patrol, retroactive to Oct. 15. “I have received favorable recommendations from his supervisors,” Cincoski said. “He’s progressing very well and is a valued member of the team.”

The second promotion: Jamie Copollo’s probationary rank of Sergeant was made permanent, effective Nov. 22. “There are no issues, no problems,” Cincoski said. “She’s stepped up to the plate and is conducting herself very professionally.”

Hiring Process

Members also voted unanimously to meet in executive session at 5 p.m Dec. 14 to interview candidates for the position of patrol officer, to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of officer Katelin Bruning, who has moved to Florida to pursue a law enforcement career there.

Background checks are currently being conducted on eight applicants, Cincoski said, all of whom are graduates of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy or otherwise certified, with various tenures at other agencies.

Bulletproof Vest Grant

Cincoski announced that the CPD has been awarded a U.S. Department of Justice grant in the amount of $2,926, for the reimbursement of half the cost of purchasing new bulletproof vests.

Under Indiana Law, police departments are required to provide bulletproof vests to their officers, but vests are warrantied for a period of only five years, requiring departments to cycle in new vests on a regular basis.

The grant is good through August 2022, Cincoski said.

New Squad Cars

Cincoski also reported that Bartronics Inc. of Chesterton has completed tinting and striping this year’s ration of three new squad cars, but is still awaiting the delivery of backordered equipment.

Manufacture of the three Ford Explorers was delayed by months this year, after the Ford assembly line was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Halloween

Cincoski took a moment to debrief the commission on this year’s pandemic edition of trick-or-treat, which went smoothly, perhaps partly because numbers appeared to be down.

“Halloween night went off without a hitch,” he said. “The weather was semi-good. But you could tell there was a noticeable decrease in the crowd. I’ve heard that in some parts of town we had very few trick-or-treaters.”

Donations

The commission gratefully acknowledged two donations, one to the CPD Gift Fund, one to the officers themselves.

Layne Bosse donated $150 to the Gift Fund, one month after donating $500. “We thank her,” Member Pete Duda said. “That’s way above and beyond.”

Kent and Carol, for their part--who wished to remain anonymous, provided $30 gift certificates to Firehouse Subs--members noted the irony--to each officer of the department. Cincoski thanked them for their deep generosity.

October in Review

In October the CPD responded to 823 calls (867 in September); filed 71 cases (53); issued 61 citations and 65 warnings (67 and 100); and investigated 32 accidents with two injuries (40 accidents with 17 injuries).

Calls for service in October included one report of shoplifting (none in September); 79 suspicious persons or vehicles (80); 21 thefts (11); 27 alarms (33); six incidents of vandalism (four); two overdoses (one); six animal complaints (five); 159 traffic stops (177); 19 well-being checks (24); one missing person (one); one attempted burglary (one burglary); three reports of battery (six); 28 disturbances (37); one report of a forgery/counterfeit (one); three reports of fraud (three); one motor vehicle theft (one); and one runaway (none).

 

 

Posted 11/18/2020

 
 
 
 

 

 

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