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Chesterton and Porter PDs to merge dispatch and investigations on May 28

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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).


Posted 5/9/2014