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CPD wins DOJ grant for bulletproof vests

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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

In other business, Cincoski reported that the Hooked on Art festivalÑheld in the Downtown on Saturday, Sept. 28, in conjunction with that days European Market and the last Cruise Night of the seasonÑwas an unqualified success.

“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 seven injuries).

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 (four).



Posted 10/14/2013