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CPD Reserve Sgt Pflughaupt honored for 20 years of service

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Chesterton Police Reserve Sgt. Dale Pflughaupt has been honored for his 20 years with the CPD.

At the Police Commission’s meeting Thursday night, Police Chief Dave Cincoski presented Pflughaupt with a plaque to celebrate the landmark.

“It’s pretty tough these days to get someone to serve the department for 20 years,” Cincoski said.

Pflughaupt, for his part, recalled serving on the Reserve committee which, way back in the day, approved Cincoski’s own appointment to the Reserve.

Pflughaupt has a total of 10,108 hours of service with the Reserve, or fully one solid year and 56 days in uniform.

Reserve Officer Ton to Graduate NILEA

In other business, Cincoski announced the graduation today of CPD Reserve Officer Jeff Ton from the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.

In March the commission agreed to sponsor Ton’s attendance at NILEA, although Ton himself paid his way through the academy.

Cincoski said that he and several other Reserve officers were planning on attending the graduation ceremony. Member Alex Rodriguez, a bagpiper with a regional police pipe and drum outfit, said that he will be playing at the ceremony as well.

Hiring List

Meanwhile, members voted 3-0, at Cincoski’s request, to begin the process of establishing a hiring list.

There are currently no authorized positions open in the CPD, Cincoski said, but a completed hiring list will make the process more efficient when and if a slot in the department’s complement does open.

Cincoski added that the cost of administering a written test to applicants will run from $250 to $300 but that all other testing will be done in-house.

Thank You from Kmart

The commission also took receipt of a note from the manager of the Chesterton Kmart, in which she expressed her gratitude to the CPD for its involvement in its recent safety weekend event.

“We would like to say thank you for coming and making our event special,” the manager wrote. “Also thank you to the Chesterton Police Department for allowing them to be here and everything you do for us.”

Bulletproof Vest Grant

Cincoski took a moment to update the commission on announcements he made at Tuesday’s meeting of the Town Council, when he reported to members that the CPD has been formally notified of the total grant amount awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice for the acquisition of bulletproof vests: $$3,259.


Cincoski also reported that trick-or-treat on Oct. 31 went smoothly, although the CPD did receive some complaints from residents for not postponing it due to forecast rain.

However, “the weather cooperated,” Cincoski noted, and trick-or-treat “went off without a hitch.”

Member Brandon Kroft added that, on Halloween night, he was returning home from work and listening to Chicago radio, which had some choice mockery for the one Northwest Indiana community which did postpone trick-or-treat.

October in Review

In October the CPD responded to 1,643 calls (1,650 in September), filed 43 cases (37), filed 12 felony charges and 28 misdemeanor (14 and 25), issued 59 citations and 303 warnings (99 and 297), served one warrant (two), and investigated 30 accidents with five injuries (39 accidents with five injuries).

Also in October, the CPD assigned nine juvenile cases and closed five of them (11 and 10 in September).

Data on calls for service in October were not available.


Posted 11/15/2013