Get an old copper talking, he’ll tell you war stories.
Funny ones, sad ones, horrific ones, many of them unrepeatable in mixed
Here’s a repeatable one, from Capt. George Nelson of the Chesterton Police
Back in the day, the land on which the Annabelle Court apartments were
built—just west of 19th Street and north of West Porter Ave.—used to be a
horse pasture. An escapable horse pasture, as it happens, from which the
nags tended to wander.
One day Nelson gets a call to wrangle a loose horse and duly does so,
lassoing it, then tethering it to a fire hydrant on 18th Street.
So the horse’s owner comes up to him and asks Nelson how in the world he
made the arrest. “‘Pretty simple,’ Nelson tells the guy. ‘Someone gave me an
apple and I offered it to the horse. When the horse bent for it, I threw the
lasso over its neck.’”
“‘Well, you’re lucky to still have your fingers,’ the guy tells Nelson.
‘That’s the meanest, bitingest horse I’ve ever known.’”
On Friday—after more than 38 years with the CPD, nearly 20 of them as Chief
of Police—Nelson retired and was honored with a party thrown by the town at
the Fire Department.
Nelson began his service in the summer of 1973 and quickly established a
reputation for himself as an excellent juvenile officer, for which he was
honored in 1986 with the Marilyn Niequest Award. A year later, in 1987, he
was also honored by the Indiana Coalition against Sexual Assault. Nelson was
the first recipient of the CPD Officer of the Year award, in 1989—the same
year in which he addressed the Indiana Correction Association on the issue
of cult involvement—and in 1990 was named Chief of Police, a position he
held until stepping down in 2010.
“Capt. Nelson served the CPD for nearly 40 years,” Police Chief Dave
Cincoski told the Chesterton Tribune. “If you thought about the
Chesterton PD over that time, you always associated it with George Nelson.
He dedicated a life of service to the department and the community and for
that I’m grateful. He gave me some big shoes to fill. I feel honored and
privileged to have served under him. Under his tenure I was hired. Under my
tenure I get to honor him with retirement.”
Cincoski presented Nelson with a plaque, a presentation badge, and his
“It’s been about four decades of seeing this town grow in a very good way,”
Nelson said. “I’m very happy and proud to have been part of it.”