Police officers have been promoted to Master Patrol.
At its meeting
Thursday night, the Police Commission voted unanimously on Police Chief Dave
Cincoski’s recommendation to promote 2nd Class Officers Kaitlin Bruning and
Alexias DeJesus to the rank of Master Patrol, effective Sunday, May 12.
Both have served
their mandatory one year as 2nd Class officers, after completing their
mandatory one-year probationary period, and both have served the CPD well,
Cincoski said. “Everybody is pleased with their work and they have
progressed perfectly. Their work is very substantial.”
In other business,
Cincoski reported that the new in-car camera systems have been installed in
all squad cars and that 18 patrol officers have been issued and trained in
the use of the new body cameras. “We are fully outfitted and live,” he said.
Cincoski did say
that a few officers have experienced a certain glitchiness in their body
cameras but those issued are being resolved by tech support.
The only other
issue is the battery life of the body cameras. “There’s been some battery
drainage,” Cincoski said. “But I’ll be working with the system’s parameters
to extend their battery life.” At the moment, he added, some officers are
re-charging the battery while working on reports at the station or eating
In February the
Town Council approved the purchase of the system--Bodyworn by Utility
Associates Inc.--for a five-year total cost of $212,900.
approved a request from the Park Department to close Broadway from South
Calumet Road to Third Street for the monthly Chesterton Cruise Night event,
from 4:30 to 9 p.m. on the last Saturday of the month in June, July, August,
Town Council Member
Emerson DeLaney, R-5th--the council’s liaison to the CPD--did say that there
is the possibility that Cruise Night will become a bimonthly event, now that
Brad Pikula, owner of Mel’s Detail, has volunteered to sponsor it. The Park
Department wants to see what the attendance of the first Cruise Night is
like, however, before making a commitment.
approved two applications for a parade permit, both for 5K runs:
¥For the Girls on
the Run of Northwest Indiana 5K, at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19. The route
generally is a loop around Chesterton High School: west on 1100N from Fox
Point Drive, south on South 11th Street, east on 1050N, north on South Fifth
Street, west again on 1100N, ending at the CHS track.
¥For the Great
Futures 5K and Little Heroes Fun Run, sponsored by the Duneland Boys and
Girls Club, at 7:45 a.m. Saturday, May 25. This route will approximate the
one for the Girls on the Run event.
members tentatively scheduled an executive session at 4 p.m. Thursday, May
30, to interview up to nine officers applying for promotions. Three officers
have applied for promotion to sergeant and six to corporal.
The nine will sit
for a written examination on Tuesday, May 21.
The commission also
took receipt of a thank-you note from Lebanon, Ind., resident Laura Bennett.
“Just sending you a
note to let you know how much you are appreciated,” Bennett wrote. “Officers
across our nation don’t always get the respect and recognition they deserve,
but please know that most Americans are very grateful for the work you do.”
their gratitude to Bennett for her kind words.
April in Review
In April the CPD
responded to 543 calls ((627 in March), filed 52 cases (53), issued 42
citations and 20 warnings (77 and 93), and investigated 33 accidents with
seven injuries (31 accidents with 12 injuries).
Calls for service
in April included 64 suspicious persons or vehicles (67 in March), five
thefts (nine), 43 alarms (36), two incidents of vandalism (one), one
overdose (two), one train complaint (none), four animal complaints (four),
151 traffic stops (218), nine well-being checks (nine), one missing person
(none), 20 disturbances (17), two reports of counterfeit bills (two), four
reports of fraud (three), one motor vehicle theft (none), three reports of
sex offense (none), and one runaway (none).