Four officers of
the Chesterton Police Department have reached milestones in their careers.
At last week’s
meeting of the Police Commission, Town Manager Bernie Doyle presented
longevity awards to the following: Det. Sgt. Chuck Rinker, 25 years; Sgt.
Randy Komisarcik, school resource officer at Chesterton Middle School, 20
years; Sgt. Dave Virijevich, 15 years; and Officer Michael Manion, five
To Manion, Member
Mike Orlich--retired Chesterton fire chief and someone who knows something
about longevity of service--said, “Before you know it, it’ll be 20 years.”
Then he added, “It’s good and bad to hear about 20 and 25 years of service.
Because you start getting into the twilight of your career and thinking
Members Pete Duda
and Tim Scheerer also offered their hearty congratulations to Rinker,
Komisarcik, Virijevich, and Manion.
In other business,
Police Chief Dave Cincoski reported that a written examination is still
being prepared for the promotion process--under which at least one officer,
possibly two, will be promoted to corporal, and one to sergeant--and that he
expects the exam to be completed in mid March or early April. The process
will then begin.
The exam is being
prepared by Pat Murray, former executive director of the Northwest Indiana
Law Enforcement Academy, who has prepared similar promotion exams for the
Michigan City PD and the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Police.
January in Review
In January, the CPD
responded to 554 calls (528 in December), filed 71 cases (69), issued 40
citations and 26 warnings (49 and 19), and investigated 33 accidents with
six injuries (37 accidents with nine injuries).
Calls for service
in January included 66 suspicious persons or vehicles (86 in December), six
thefts (eight), three incidents of vandalism (one), one train complaint
(one), two animal complaints (one), 13 well-being checks (14), three reports
of battery (one), 19 disturbances (22), two reports of counterfeit bills
(two), five reports of fraud (three), two sex offenses (one), and five