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
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.”
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.
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
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.”
gratefully acknowledged two donations, one to the CPD Gift Fund, one to the
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).