The Chesterton Police Department has been awarded a grant by the U.S.
Department of Justice for the purchase of bulletproof vests.
But Police Chief Dave Cincoski has no idea how much the CPD will be
receiving, because the government shutdown has temporarily closed his line
of communication with DOJ.
It’s not a matching grant, Cincoski told the Police Commission at its
meeting Thursday night. Instead, DOJ will reimburse the department 50
percent of the cost of an unknown number of new vests. The grant is good
through August 2015, Cincoski said.
“Something is always better than nothing,” he added.
Under Indiana Code, all police departments with a complement of more than
five sworn officers must provide bulletproof vests to their officers, who
must in turn wear them.
Hooked on Art
“The festival was well attended,” Cincoski said. “There were no issues. We
had a lot of comments and compliments about how the festival organizers
cleaned up so well, you didn’t know they were even there. Everything went
off without a hitch.”
Cincoski did note that this year’s Hooked on Art was much larger than last
year’s. There were 22 or 23 street artists in attendance at 2013 event,
compared to only six in 2012.
Meanwhile, members voted 2-0 to schedule this year’s edition of
trick-or-treat for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.
All other Duneland communities will be holding trick-or-treat on the same
day, at the same time.
September in Review
In September the CPD responded to 1,650 calls (1,764 in August), filed 37
cases (56), filed 14 felony charges and 25 misdemeanor (eight and 42),
issued 99 citations and 297 warnings (130 and 348), served two warrants
(10), and investigated 39 accidents with five injuries (31 accidents with
Also in September, 11 juvenile cases were assigned and 10 of them closed
(two assigned in September and both closed).
Calls for service in September included 32 alarms (47 in August), 32 animals
complaints (10), one arson (zero), five reports of battery (two), five
burglaries (seven), 12 disturbances (20), four domestic calls (six), two
fireworks complaints (two), four reports of fraud (three), two reports of
identity theft (one), 21 miscellaneous juvenile complaints (15), three
missing persons (zero), one motor vehicle theft (two), eight noise
complaints (nine), seven parking violations (nine), four peddler complaints
(three), four residence checks (three), one runaway (zero), one sex offense
(zero), two suicides (one), 44 suspicious circumstances (38), 26 suspicious
persons (28), 36 suspicious vehicles (34), 11 thefts (18), 410 traffic stops
(460), five incidents of vandalism (11), and four vehicle repossessions