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Chesterton Police soon to begin promotion process

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The Chesterton Police Commission has authorized Police Chief Dave Cincoski to begin the promotion process.

As Cincoski told the commission at its meeting Thursday night, there are currently openings for at least one corporal, possibly two, and for a sergeant.

Cincoski did say that he isn’t ready yet to commence the process, as a written examination is still being prepared by Pat Murray, formerly executive director of the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Murray has prepared similar promotion exams for the Michigan City PD and the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Police, Cincoski noted.

Cincoski said that he’s shooting to begin the process formally in February.

Fleet Order

In other business, Cincoski reported that this year’s fleet order of three squad cars has been postponed, because 2019 fleet vehicles are no longer being manufactured. “The lines have been torn down and they’re working on new designs,” Cincoski told the commission.

2020 squad cars are available, but the State of Indiana’s quantity purchase agreement (QPA) prices on the 2020 models haven’t yet been calculated, he added, and those numbers probably won’t be out until August.

Vehicle Allowance

Meanwhile, members voted unanimously, on Cincoski’s recommendation, to allow new hire and Probationary Officer Adam Alicea to use a CPD squad car only for the purpose of driving to and from the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, when he begins his training there on Monday.

Alicea has almost but not quite completed his field training with the CPD.

With Gratitude

Members took a moment at the beginning of the meeting to thank Darlene Manuzzi and Family for their generous donation of $500 to the CPD Gift Fund.

“Thank you for risking your lives every day for the people of Chesterton and the surrounding areas,” Manuzzi wrote in a card accompanying the donation. “You are greatly appreciated.”

Members also thanked the Residences of Chesterton for its gift of cookies to the CPD officers, with this card: “Happy Law Enforcement Day! Thank you for saving and protecting our community.”

“It’s nice that people recognize our officers, because they’re out every day doing it for the public,” Member Mike Orlich said. “It’s nice that people show appreciation for that.”

2019 Officers

Members opened the meeting by electing Tim Scheerer president, Pete Duda vice-president, and Orlich secretary.

February Meeting

Members also voted unanimously to re-schedule next month’s meeting to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7.

December in Review

In December the CPD responded to 528 calls (561 in November), filed 69 cases (57), issued 49 citations and 19 warnings (42 and 17), and investigated 37 accidents with nine injuries (41 accidents and nine injuries).

Calls for service in December: one report of a shoplifting (zero in November), 86 suspicious vehicles or persons (92), eight thefts (13), one incident of vandalism (four), two overdoses (zero), 43 (42), one train complaint (zero), one animal complaint (nine), 14 well-being checks (12), three missing persons (zero), one report of battery (zero), 22 disturbances (15), two reports of forgery/counterfeit (one), three reports of fraud (eight), one report sexual assault (one), one repossession (zero), and one runaway (one).



Posted 1/11/2019




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