One hire completed, one to go.
That was Chesterton Police Chief Dave Cincoski’s report to the Police
Commission at its meeting last week.
Probationary Officer Michael Manion has officially started his duties and is
currently undergoing field training, Cincoski said. Manion’s hire fills a
vacancy in the CPD’s complement opened with the retirement last year of
Capt. George Nelson.
But a new vacancy has opened with the recent retirement of Det. Lt. Dave
Adkins, Cincoski noted, and progress is being made to fill that slot on an
immediate-hire basis. Seven candidates have submitted applications and are
being interviewed, with background investigations tentatively scheduled to
begin next week.
No move will be made to name Adkins’ successor in the Investigations Bureau
until a hire has been made to fill the opening in the roster, Cincoski
In other business, members voted 3-0 to promote Shaun O’Neill and Kelly
Porter to part-time Communication Clerks Level II. O’Neill and Porter
dispatch full-time for other agencies, Cincoski said, they have worked
part-time for the CPD for six months, and their promotion would amount to a
“very small raise.”
Members also voted 3-0 to officially sponsor CPD Reserve Officer Jeff Ton at
the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Ton will be paying his own way through
the academy but in order to do so must be sponsored by a law enforcement
agency, Cincoski said. He added that successful completion of the academy
will not guarantee Ton an offer of employment with the CPD “by any stretch
of the imagination.”
Meanwhile, Cincoski reported that a family whose residence was burglarized
last year has forwarded a long letter of gratitude to Det. Sgt. Chuck Rinker
for Rinker’s “professional handling of the case.
That letter will be placed in Rinker’s personnel file, Cincoski said.
The CPD has taken delivery of four new squad cars—technically, “interceptor
utility vehicles”—which are now being equipped by an Illinois company.
The squads should be road-ready in a few weeks, Cincoski said.
In February the CPD responded to 1,552 calls (1,731 in January), filed 38
cases (43), filed 23 misdemeanor and two felony charges (31 and 18), issued
85 citations and 269 warnings (87 and 304), served seven warrants (six), and
investigated 27 accidents with two injuries (34 accidents with 11 injuries).
Information on juvenile investigations in February was not available.
Calls for service included 25 alarms (comparative statistics from January
not available), 16 animal complaints, two reports of battery, six
burglaries, one counterfeit bill, 14 disturbances, one domestic call, three
reports of fraud, two reports of identity theft, 20 miscellaneous juvenile
complaints, two missing persons, two noise complaints, five parking
violations, three peddler complaints, seven residence checks, one runaway,
36 suspicious circumstances, 20 suspicious persons, 26 suspicious vehicles,
16 thefts, 473 traffic stops, seven incidents of vandalism, and three