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.
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
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.