The Chesterton and
Porter police departments’ consolidation of their respective dispatch
functions is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, May 28.
So Police Chief
Dave Cincoski reported at the Police Commission’s meeting Thursday evening.
Under the merger,
all dispatching functions will be moved to the Porter Police station, where
each PD will provide one dispatcher per shift per day. Should the midnight
shift warrant only one dispatcher, that one will be provided by the PPD.
Also to be
consolidated: the two PDs’ detective bureaus, which will work out of the old
Chesterton Clerk-Treasurer’s Office at 726 Broadway. Cincoski told the
Chesterton Tribune after the meeting that CPD detectives will be
“primarily” responsible for Chesterton investigations and the PPD detective
for Porter investigations but that there’s nothing hard and fast about that
division of labor. Thus on-call duties will be assigned to each detective in
a regular rotation, so that on any given night the duty detective will be
responding to all investigative calls in both towns.
April in Review
In April the CPD
responded to 1,693 calls (1,476 in March), filed 34 cases (29), filed 21
felony charges and 44 misdemeanor (13 and 38), issued 79 citations and 220
warnings (78 and 175), served three warrants (nine), and investigated 27
accidents with 16 injuries (34 accidents with five injuries).
No information was
available on juvenile investigations.
Calls for service
in April included 22 alarms (42 in March), 10 animal complaints (six), one
arson (zero), two reports of battery (two), three burglaries (one), three
burning complaints (zero), one report of a counterfeit bill (zero), 25
disturbances (14), two domestic calls (two), eight reports of fraud (11),
five reports of identity theft (zero), 16 miscellaneous juvenile complaints
(12), two motor vehicle thefts (zero), four noise complaints (four), two
parking violations (seven), one peddler complaint (one), one residence check
(two), one runaway (zero), 43 suspicious circumstances (40), 24 suspicious
persons (25), 26 suspicious vehicles (21), 17 thefts (13), 401 traffic stops
(307), and six incidents of vandalism (four).