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CPD Dt. Lt. Dave Adkins to retire; immediate hire okayed

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After nearly 30 years of protecting and serving, Det. Lt. Dave Adkins of the Chesterton Police Department is retiring.

Adkins last day with the department will be April 13, Police Chief Dave Cincoski told the Police Commission at its meeting last week.

The CPD is not only losing Adkins’ experience, however. It’s also losing a position in the roster. So on Cincoski’s recommendation, the commission voted 2-0 to authorize him to advertise for an immediate hire. Applications will only be accepted from candidates already having law enforcement certification or accreditation.

Applications are available at the CPD at 790 Broadway or may be downloaded at

Applications must be completed by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Meanwhile, one other manpower issue appears to have been resolved, with a conditional offer of employment made to a candidate who will be filling the position opened by the retirement last year of Capt. George Nelson. That candidate is also joining the CPD as an immediate hire, made necessary by the deployment of Officer Aaron Miersma’s deployment on April 5 with his Indiana Army National Guard unit.

The Indiana Public Retirement System is currently reviewing that candidate, Cincoski said.

In Gratitude

Members took receipt of several letters thanking the CPD for its work in the community.

“Thank you so very much for your dedicated service in protecting our homes and families,” Darlene Manuzzi wrote. Manuzzi also enclosed a $500 contribution to the CPD Gift Fund.

Dominic Gard expressed his gratitude after job-shadowing an officer for the day. “I had an amazing time going here for day and seeing what an officer does daily,” Gard wrote. “I am really considering joining as a police officer. The best part was when we got to go out and use all the different equipment for catching speeders.”

And Reling Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, & Heating of Chesterton contributed $150 to the CPD Gift Fund.

Election of Officers

The commission voted 2-0 to elect Member Alex Rodriguez to the presidency, Member Craig Stafford to the vice-presidency, and Member Brandon Kroft to the secretariat.

Kroft was not in attendance.

December in Review

In December the CPD responded to 1,005 calls (1,567 in November), filed 35 cases (43), filed 13 felony charges and 29 misdemeanor (seven and 27), issued 78 citations and 259 warnings (114 and 374), served four warrants (six), and investigated 38 accidents with five injuries (40 accidents with 12 injuries).

Also in December, the CPD assigned 22 juvenile cases and cleared 20 of them (32 and 31 in November).

Calls for service in December included 21 alarms (34 in November), eight animal complaints (nine), four reports of battery (one), four burglaries (one), one death investigation (zero), 19 disturbances 21), three domestic calls (two), six reports of fraud (three), eight miscellaneous juvenile complaints (19), one motor vehicle theft (zero), three noise complaints (zero), four parking violations (four), four residence checks (three), two runaways (one), two sex offenses (zero), 45 suspicious circumstances (46), 19 suspicious persons (25), 19 suspicious vehicles (21), 16 thefts (19), 421 traffic stops (517), 12 incidents of vandalism (six), and three vehicle repossessions (six).



Posted 1/16/2013