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Police Commission Meeting Minutes 2004

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01-08-2004 Police Commission

January 8, 2004 Police Commission Special Meeting Minutes

The January 2004 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on January 8, 2004 at 7:30 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law. Commissioner Vale called the meeting to order and then led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was taken with the following members of the Police Commission being present; namely, William Dodaro, Rose Hejl, Robert Long and Ronald Vale. Also present were Police Chief Joseph Guzik and Town Council Liaison Charles Pearson. Representing the Law Firm of Austgen, Decker and Phillips PC was Attorney Timothy Kuiper.

NOMINATION / ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Commissioner Dodaro opened the floor for nominations for the election of officers:

Chairman – Commissioner Vale nominated William Dodaro for the position of Chairman. Commissioner Hejl seconded the nomination. Commissioner Dodaro called for any other nominations, but no further nominations were received. All commissioners then cast a unanimous vote for William Dodaro as Chairman of the St. John Police Commission for the Year 2004.

Vice Chairman – Commissioner Long nominated Ronald Vale for the position of Vice Chairman. Commissioner Hejl seconded the nomination. No further nominations were received. All commissioners then cast a unanimous vote for Ronald Vale as Vice Chairman of the St. John Police Commission for the Year 2004.

Secretary – Commissioner Vale nominated Rose Hejl for the position of Secretary. Commissioner Long seconded the nomination. Commissioner Dodaro called for any other nominations, but no further nominations were received. All commissioners then cast a unanimous vote for Rose Hejl as Secretary of the St. John Police Commission for the Year 2004.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

Regarding the December 11, 2003 minutes, Commissioner Vale made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. With a second by Commissioner Hejl, the motion carried unanimously.

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

There were no items of “Correspondence / Communications” presented for tonight’s meeting.

CHIEF’S MONTHLY REPORT

Chief Guzik read the monthly report for December 2003. Chief Guzik stated that from December 1, 2003 through December 31, 2003, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 14,372 duty miles and responded to 365 incidents. The investigations of these incidents resulted in 12 adult arrests with a total of 21 charges, and 9 juvenile arrests with a total of 9 charges. There were 93 traffic citations issued along with 59 written warnings and 2 parking violations. The grand total of citations issued during the month of December 2003 is 154 citations. Vehicle thefts totaled $0.00 during the month of December 2003. All other thefts totaled $19,556.00. Total value of recovered property was $482.00. Commissioner Long made a motion to accept the Chief’s Monthly Report for December 2003 as presented. With a second by Commissioner Vale, the motion carried unanimously.

OLD BUSINESS

Retirement of K-9 Falko –
Chief Guzik advised that Corporal Dale Poston is slowly weaning K-9 Falko of his duties, and it is anticipated that by the end of January 2004, Falko should be retired. Chief Guzik asked the Commission for permission to purchase a plaque for Corporal Poston and K-9 Falko to present at the Commission’s next meeting in February. Commissioner Vale made a motion to authorize Chief Guzik to purchase a plaque honoring the retirement of K-9 Falko. With a second by Commissioner Long, the motion carried unanimously.

REPORTS FROM COMMISSIONERS

Budget – 2004 Budget –
Chief Guzik stated there was nothing new to report on this matter. Chief Guzik advised he usually receives an updated copy of the budget, denoting expenditures, from the Clerk’s Office on the first or second day of the month. As discussed during the Work Study Session, Chief Guzik stated he would include a copy of the budget for the Commissioners with the monthly report.
Physical Plant –
Chief Guzik informed the new commissioners that the Town Council paid for the tuck pointing of the police station, as well as a new roof, during the Year 2003. The station had been taking on water during rainstorms, and it appears that the work that was done has corrected this problem. Chief Guzik advised that to the best of his memory, the cost for these repairs was approximately $20,000, plus or minus $1,000.
DARE/Community –
Chief Guzik advised the commissioners that there are two (2) officers that work the DARE Program; specifically, Officer Eric Andersen who teaches at Kolling Elementary School, and Officer James Turturillo who teaches at St. John Evangelist. Chief Guzik stated that this program runs approximately 9-10 weeks and requires 1-1/2 to 2 hours per week per officer. Chief Guzik stated that he gives the officers credit because if they are off duty, it is still their responsibility to go to their respective schools and teach the DARE Program.

Regarding “Community,” Commissioner Long questioned if there is anything that the Police Department does to bring awareness to the Police Department, such as an Open House for the children (similar to the Fire Department’s Open House). Some discussion ensued. Chief Guzik advised that the Police Department does participate with Fire Department in the Annual Open House. Commissioner Long stated he has attended the Fire Department’s Open House, but felt that the Police side never stood out. Some discussion ensued. Commissioner Long stated he would like to see this activity continue and possibly, it could be enhanced.

Human Resources – Written Test for Police Officer Applicants – January 17, 2004 –
Chief Guzik advised that as of today’s date, the Department has received 16 applications. The test is scheduled for Saturday, January 17, 2004, at approximately 8:00 A.M, at the Lake Central High School. At the February meeting, the Commission will be asked to determine when they would like to schedule interviews with applicants. All applications are to be turned into the Police Department by Saturday, January 10, 2004 by 12:00 Noon. Some discussion ensued.
Human Resources – Process for Creation of Eligibility List –
Commissioner Dodaro stated that this process is included in the Department’s Policies and Procedures Manual. Chief Guzik stated that after the testing is completed, the Commission would need to determine the percentile where it would like to set the cut off point. The Commission can call an Executive Session for this purpose. Some discussion ensued regarding the hiring process.
Department Issued Equipment –
Chief Guzik stated during the Work Study Session, discussion was held regarding the purchase of a CAD System for the Department’s IPTM Records Management Program. The Commission stated they would like to take a couple of weeks to review the program before making a determination. Chief Guzik stated that if the Commission feels the CAD Program is okay, then he suggests the Commission provide him with authorization now to write a letter to the Town Council advising them to include this purchase on their agenda so that the Department can obtain this program as soon as possible. IPTM has advised that they would be available to complete the installation and training of personnel as soon as February 2004. Much discussion was then held regarding the Department’s IPTM Program, other options available, training costs, support fees, need for the program, etc. Commissioner Long had many comments and suggestions regarding the proposal, accounting procedures, an hourly rate for training, hardware requirements, competitors’ prices, etc. Chief Guzik advised that IPTM is sending a demo disk to Officer Jay Dahlin so that the Department can review the proposed CAD System. Town Councilman Pearson questioned whether this software package would work with MDT (Mobile Data Terminals). Ms. Kolodziej advised that IPTM does have the MDT package available. After much discussion, Commissioner Vale made a motion to authorize Chief J. Guzik to author a letter to the Town Council advising of the Department’s intent to purchase this CAD System once approval is received from the Police Commission. With a second by Commissioner Hejl, the motion carried unanimously. More discussion ensued regarding the records management systems utilized by neighboring departments.
Retired Police Vehicles –
Chief Guzik advised the Commission that every year the Police Department purchases two (2) new vehicles. In the past, some of the cars that are replaced then go into the Reserve Program, while others are traded in. When vehicles are traded in, the Department usually only receives $500-$800 per car. Chief Guzik advised that the Department has five (5) vehicles this year that they would like to retire and instead of trading them in on the new purchases, Chief Guzik stated he would like to auction off the five (5) vehicles in a closed bid. Chief Guzik provided the Commission with a list of the vehicles he was proposing be sold at auction. Chief Guzik stated the monies that would then be obtained through the auction could then be deposited into the Police Department’s Special Fund, where it could be utilized for future automobile purchases. Commissioner Dodaro stated he was in total agreement with auctioning the vehicles and felt that this was the way to go. Further, Commissioner Dodaro stated he felt the auctioning of retired police vehicles was common practice amongst police departments. He stated the monies could also be utilized for the purchase of a new K-9 unit. Some discussion ensued. Commissioner Hejl made a motion to recommend to the Town Council that the five (5) used Police vehicles that are no longer in use be sold at auction and the monies received from said sale of these vehicles be deposited into the Police Special Fund. With a second by Commissioner Long, the motion carried unanimously. Chief Guzik was then directed to author a letter to the Town Council advising of the Commission’s desire to auction the retired vehicles.
Communications and Computer –
This matter was discussed earlier under “Department Issued Equipment.”
Local Ordinances –
There was nothing to report under this topic.

NEW BUSINESS

Ms. Joan Kolodziej advised the Commission that in addition to the election of officers, the Commission also appoints a Recording Secretary at the beginning of every year. Further, Ms. Kolodziej advised that she would like to continue as Recording Secretary if the Commission so desires. Commissioner Vale made a motion to appoint Ms. Joan Kolodziej as Recording Secretary of the Police Commission for the Year 2004. With a second by Commissioner Hejl, the motion carried unanimously.

ANY AND ALL

Mr. James Curran, of 8780 Patterson, asked Chief Guzik if he could provide an estimate of how many trucks, which are exceeding the 10-ton limit, have been cited for traveling on Patterson Street. Chief Guzik advised Mr. Curran to contact him at his office, as he did not have that figure available at this time. A computer check would have to be made to determine an answer to Mr. Curran’s question. Mr. Curran stated that there have been a lot of trucks traveling down Patterson Street, which he believes are in violation of the 10-ton limit. Some discussion ensued. Chief Guzik stated he would inform the officers of this situation, and they will monitor the area. Mr. Curran advised that the heavy truck traffic appears to be during the daytime work hours (7:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.).

Mr. Joseph Hero, of 11723 S. Oak Ridge Drive, mentioned that recently there have been articles in the paper regarding the Easy Clean Car Wash, in Schererville, Indiana, where apparently unauthorized personnel and/or persons are signing up for car washes under the St. John Police. Mr. Hero advised he brought a couple of these (questionable washes) to the Chief’s attention. Mr. Hero stated he would like to know:

  • Who is using these car washes?
  • Are they police impersonators?
  • Is somebody padding the bill to show more car washes than are actually being obtained?
  • Is the Schererville Police Department experiencing the same type of problem?

In response, Chief Guzik advised Mr. Hero this is not a police matter; it is a Town Council matter. Redesigning and customizing the sign-in form, which will allow for better record keeping, has rectified the situation. Further, Chief Guzik advised he has met with personnel at the car wash to discuss the problem. Chief Guzik stated he is not aware of any officers doing anything wrong.

Mr. Hero then proceeded to comment as to how he perceives the matter. Mr. Hero stated it is his opinion this is not a Town Council matter but a Police matter because it apparently involves somebody stealing under the name of the St. John Police Department. Chief Guzik stated if that is the case, then the theft occurred in Schererville, and it would have to be reported by the business to the Schererville Police Department, which is not part of St. John’s jurisdiction. Commissioner Dodaro advised Mr. Hero that other police department’s officers obtain car washes from Easy Clean, and sometimes the car wash personnel inadvertently hands the wrong Town’s bill for the officers to sign. The officers then sign on the wrong bill without realizing the mistake. Further, being the car wash is providing these car washes at $1.00 per wash, not a lot of attention is being paid to it. Regarding the four (4) car washes in question, Commissioner Dodaro stated the attention was being brought to the deception as to what vehicle was being washed. Whether this is a police matter, Commissioner Dodaro stated the Police Department has tightened up the accounting and billing procedures, and this should not happen again. Mr. Hero continued to comment as to what his view is. Some discussion ensued. Chief Guzik finally stated he felt Mr. Hero was making a mountain out of a molehill, and he believes that the problem has been corrected. Mr. Hero stated he did not accept Chief Guzik’s answer.

Mr. Hero then mentioned another issue that has hit the papers regarding a computer problem that has resulted in a lot of financial loss to the Town. Mr. Hero asked:

  • Did somebody hack into the Town’s computer and cause this damage?
  • If, in fact, this happened, did it happen in the Police Department, and was it investigated?
  • Since something happened somewhere and since the FBI has been called in, has somebody internally investigated this and come to some type of conclusion?

Commissioner Dodaro stated that if it is under investigation, then nothing could be commented on. Secondly, Commissioner Dodaro stated he was not aware of the Police Department’s computers being intruded but rather it was the Town’s computers that had a problem. Again, if it is under investigation, then no comment can be made. Some discussion then ensued regarding whether the situation is actually being investigated, which Commissioner Dodaro stated the FBI is involved. Mr. Hero then advised Commissioner Dodaro of what he thought they (the Commission) should do, and that would be to get the State Police involved. Mr. Hero stated all he was asking was for the Commission to look into the matter. Commissioner Dodaro reiterated that the matter is under investigation and no comments can be made. Chief Guzik stated he did not report this situation to the FBI nor was the matter reported to the St. John Police Department, and he did not wish to speculate on this matter.

Mr. Hero then questioned as to what the St. John Police Department’s policy is regarding take home cars and personal use. Chief Guzik advised that there is a policy on this matter and if he would like to come to the station, he could pick up a copy of it. Mr. Hero then asked Chief Guzik to generally tell him what the policy is. Chief Guzik refused to comment due to believing that Mr. Hero would continue to question him on each and every aspect of the policy. Chief Guzik again advised Mr. Hero to come to the station and obtain a copy of the policy. Mr. Hero then requested the Police Commission to review the Police Department’s policy on this matter, then examine IRS Publication 535, and make a determination if 1099’s need to be issued to any of the St. John Police officers. Commissioner Dodaro advised Mr. Hero that he appreciated his comments on this matter and if he wanted a copy of the policy, then he should stop by the Police Department and pick one up. Mr. Hero went on to remind the Commissioners of the oaths that they have taken, and they should follow the law. Commissioner Long advised Mr. Hero he did not think the Commission needed to be instructed on how to act and stated he was offended by Mr. Hero’s statement. Mr. Hero continued commenting on his request.

Mr. Hero then questioned if there will by any psychological testing or drug testing of the applicants for police officer. Commissioner Dodaro gave Mr. Hero a synopsis of the events to transpire; that being:

  • Applicants will be given a written test.
  • Those applicants who successfully pass the written test will be given an agility test.
  • Those applicants who successfully pass the agility test will proceed on to oral interviews with the Commissioners.
  • After the oral interviews, a preliminary list will be established and then military points and college points will be added in, if present.
  • A final list will be completed and posted.
  • When hiring is approved, the Commission will then interview the top 3-5 candidates, inclusive of a complete, thorough background investigation on them.
  • Then 2-3 of those candidates will be sent for psychological examinations and drug testing.

Some discussion ensued regarding drug testing.

Commissioner Vale extended a warm welcome to the three (3) new Commissioners.

Commissioner Dodaro then suggested the Commission obtain a plaque for former Police Commissioner Jerri Teibel recognizing her tenure on the Police Commission. Commissioner Hejl made a motion to authorize the purchase of a plaque for former Police Commissioner Jerri Teibel. With a second by Commissioner Vale, the motion carried unanimously.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Thursday, February 12, 2004, with the Work Study Session being held at 7:00 P.M. and the Regular Meeting at 7:30 P.M. in the Town Hall meeting room. Any and all other Executive Sessions will be advertised pursuant to law. (NOTE: Discussion was held during the Study Session regarding changing the meeting schedule to the 2nd Monday of each month for the Police Commission. Chief Guzik will check with the Clerk’s Office to determine if this change can be made. If so, then the next Regular Meeting will be Monday, February 9, 2004, with the Work Study Session being held at 7:00 P.M. and the Regular Meeting at 7:30 P.M. in the Town Hall meeting room.)

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Hejl made a motion for adjournment. With a second by Commissioner Vale, the meeting was adjourned.

Town of St. John, Lake County
Indiana, Board of Metropolitan
Police Commissioners

______________________________
Rose Hejl, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Kolodziej, Recording Secretary

02-11-2004 Police Commission

February 11, 2004 Police Commission Special Meeting Minutes

The February 2004 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on February 11, 2004 at 7:30 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law. Commissioner Dodaro called the meeting to order and then led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was taken with the following members of the Police Commission being present; namely, William Dodaro, Rose Hejl, and Ronald Vale. Also present were Police Chief Joseph Guzik and Town Council Liaison Charles Pearson. Representing the Law Firm of Austgen, Decker and Phillips PC was Attorney Adam Decker. Commissioner Robert Long was not present at tonight’s meeting.

Commissioner Dodaro suspended the meeting at this time for the purpose of plaque presentations. Chief J. Guzik presented a plaque to Corporal Dale Poston honoring his K-9 partner Falko who retired after 10 years of service on January 23, 2004. Chief J. Guzik then presented plaques to William Haas, Jerome Binkowski and Jerri Teibel, and thanked them for the time and service they gave to the Police Commission as Police Commissioners. Commissioner Dodaro, on behalf of the new Commission, thanked the past police commissioners for their efforts as well.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

Regarding the January 8, 2004 minutes, Commissioner Vale made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. With a second by Commissioner Hejl, the motion carried unanimously.

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

Commissioner Dodaro read a letter received from St. John Evangelist School thanking the Police Department for its presence and the job that the officers do to keep the community safe.

Commissioner Dodaro read correspondence from Chief J. Guzik to Officer Jay Dahlin. Said letter commended Officer Dahlin on a job well done reference criminal mischief in the Schillton Hills Subdivision.

Commissioner Dodaro read correspondence to Chief J. Guzik from Clerk-Treasurer S. Sury, reference Promotional Fund Line Item #399. Said correspondence advised that at the recommendation of the State Board of Accounts, the Promotional Fund Line Item #399 had been removed from the departmental budgets a few years ago. Further, the correspondence advised that Line Item #290 might be utilized for the intended purchase of the appreciation plaques for the Police Commissioners.

Commissioner Dodaro read a memorandum from Clerk-Treasurer S. Sury advising that the funds received from the auction of the five (5) police vehicles could not be returned directly to the Police Department as those vehicles were purchased through Town funds.

ANNUAL TOW MEETING

Commissioner Dodaro advised that per past practice, tonight’s agenda includes the Annual Tow Meeting. Letters advising of this meeting were sent to Kubiak’s Service, St. John Auto and Stan’s Body Shop, some of which had representatives in the audience tonight. Representatives were also present from the Dave’s Towing and Emerald Towing, who advised the Commission that they would like to be added into the tow rotation. Mr. Joe Kubiak, of Kubiak’s Service, questioned whether there was a need to add additional tow providers. Some discussion ensued. Commissioner Dodaro stated the Commission would take this matter into consideration, review the tow ordinance further, and will advise at a later date as to their determination.

CHIEF’S MONTHLY REPORT – YEARLY REPORT

Chief Guzik read the monthly report for January 2004. Chief Guzik stated that from January 1, 2004 through January 31, 2004, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 14,970 duty miles and responded to 638 incidents. The investigations of these incidents resulted in 8 adult arrests with a total of 15 charges, and 7 juvenile arrests with a total of 7 charges. There were 234 traffic citations issued along with 90 written warnings and 8 parking violations. The grand total of citations issued during the month of January 2004 is 332 citations. Vehicle thefts totaled $4,000.00 during the month of January 2004. All other thefts totaled $19,211.00. Total value of recovered property was $4,250.00. Commissioner Vale made a motion to accept the Chief’s Monthly Report for January 2004 as presented. With a second by Commissioner Vale, the motion carried unanimously.

Commissioner Dodaro advised that the Commission was in receipt of Chief Guzik’s 2003 Yearly Report, which he felt was very well done. Chief Guzik commended his secretary, Joan Kolodziej, for the work that she did putting this report together. Commissioner Hejl made a motion to accept the Chief’s 2003 Yearly Report as presented. With a second by Commissioner Vale, the motion carried unanimously.

CHIEF’S TIMESHEETS FOR REVIEW

Commissioner Dodaro advised that the Commission was in receipt of Chief Guzik’s timesheets.

OLD BUSINESS

Retirement of K-9 Falko –
This matter was addressed earlier in tonight’s meeting.
Computer Update –
Chief Guzik mentioned that at last month’s meeting, the Commission had given him permission to author a letter to the Town Council regarding the intended purchase of IPTM’s CAD system for the Police Department. However, with the issues that have arisen during the past month, he has held off in doing so. Chief Guzik questioned whether he should proceed with writing this correspondence. Commissioner Dodaro stated that presently everything is on hold due to the FBI’s investigation of the Town’s computers.

REPORTS FROM COMMISSIONERS

Budget –
There was nothing new to report on this matter.
Physical Plant –
Chief Guzik advised that the recent repairs to the station appear to be effective since the station has not been taking in water during storms as in the past.
DARE –
Chief Guzik advised that the DARE Program is in progress, and he anticipates the DARE graduations to be held in approximately three (3) weeks. Commissioner Dodaro asked what the dates are for these graduation programs. Chief Guzik stated the DARE officers have not yet advised of the dates, but he will forward that information to the Commission as soon as he receives it.
Human Resources – Written Exam of January 17, 2004 –
Commissioner Dodaro advised that the written exam was administered to 33 applicants on Saturday, January 17, 2004. Of the 33 applicants that were tested, 32 passed the exam.
Human Resources – Process for Creation of Eligibility List –
Commissioner Dodaro explained that once the hiring process is complete, (written exam, agility test and interviews), the Commission would then create an eligibility list that will be in effect for two (2) years.
Human Resources – Agility Test Scheduled for Saturday, February 21, 2004 –
Commissioner Dodaro advised that the 32 applicants who passed the written exam will now proceed to the Agility Test, which is scheduled for 9:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 21, 2004, at the St. John Police Department. After the results of this test are completed, the Commission will consider dates for interviews.

NEW BUSINESS

Monthly Meeting Date Change to Second Monday of Every Month –
Commissioner Dodaro advised that the Police Commission’s Regular Meeting date has been officially changed from the second Thursday of each month to the second Monday of each month.
Revised G.O. 11.01 – Care and Use of Departmental Owned Vehicles –
No discussion was held on this topic.
Grant Application for Departmental Equipment –
No discussion was held on this topic.
Uniform Change for Ranking Officers (Sergeants and Above) –
No discussion was held on this topic.

ANY AND ALL

A gentleman in the audience advised that his son is currently in the military service and will be returning to the States later in the year. His son would like to become a St. John Police Officer. Commissioner Dodaro explained that after the current hiring process has been completed, the eligibility list that will then be created will be in effect for two (2) years from that time. Commissioner Dodaro suggested that this gentleman’s son check back in about two years to determine if the Police Department will be going through another hiring process.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, March 8, 2004, with the Work Study Session being held at 7:00 P.M. and the Regular Meeting at 7:30 P.M. in the Town Hall meeting room. Any and all other Executive Sessions will be advertised pursuant to law.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Hejl made a motion for adjournment. With a second by Commissioner Vale, the meeting was adjourned.

Town of St. John, Lake County
Indiana, Board of Metropolitan
Police Commissioners

______________________________
Rose Hejl, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Kolodziej, Recording Secretary

03-08-2004 Police Commission

March 8, 2004 Police Commission Special Meeting Minutes

The March 2004 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on March 8, 2004 at 7:30 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law. Commissioner Dodaro called the meeting to order and then led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was taken with the following members of the Police Commission being present; namely, William Dodaro, Donald Farris, Rose Hejl, Robert Long, and Ronald Vale. Also present was Town Council Liaison Charles Pearson. Representing the Law Firm of Austgen, Decker and Phillips PC was Attorney David Austgen. Police Chief Joseph Guzik was not present at tonight’s meeting due to being out of town.

Commissioner Dodaro welcomed newly appointed Police Commissioner Donald Farris to the St. John Police Commission. The St. John Town Council at their regular meeting held on February 26, 2004 appointed Commissioner Farris to the Police Commission.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

Regarding the February 11, 2004 minutes, Commissioner Vale made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. With a second by Commissioner Hejl, the motion carried unanimously.

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

Commissioner Dodaro advised there was one item of new correspondence, which will be read under “New Business,” Item d., Indiana NENA (9-1-1) Fund Raiser – Cell Phone Recycling.

CHIEF’S MONTHLY REPORT

Commissioner Dodaro read the monthly report for February 2004. Commissioner Dodaro stated that from February 1, 2004 through February 29, 2004, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 15,486 duty miles and responded to 302 incidents. The investigations of these incidents resulted in 15 adult arrests with a total of 22 charges, and 8 juvenile arrests with a total of 10 charges. There were 302 traffic citations issued along with 58 written warnings and 3 parking violations. The grand total of citations issued during the month of February 2004 is 363 citations. Vehicle thefts totaled $0.00 during the month of February 2004. All other thefts totaled $13,528.00. Total value of recovered property was $12,840.00. Commissioner Hejl made a motion to accept the Chief’s Monthly Report for February 2004 as presented. With a second by Commissioner Farris, the motion carried unanimously.

CHIEF’S TIMESHEETS FOR REVIEW

Commissioner Dodaro advised that the Commission was in receipt of Chief Guzik’s timesheets, and there were no questions regarding the same at this time.

OLD BUSINESS

Tow Meeting – Additional Providers – Tow Ordinance –
Commissioner Dodaro advised two (2) letters of intent have been received by the Commission from two (2) new tow companies requesting to tow for the Town of St. John. Those two (2) companies are: Dave’s 24-Hour Towing and Emerald Towing Service. Representatives from both companies were present at tonight’s meeting. Commissioner Dodaro stated that after discussion with members of the St. John Town Council, it has been decided to introduce the two (2) new tow firms to the Town by allowing them to tow large vehicles under the Class “D” Classification. Commissioner Dodaro stated the Town has been receiving really good tow service from the three (3) firms that have been towing for the Town for at least 18 years each. However, the Commission did want to give the two (2) new tow firms an opportunity to work for the Town. Commissioner Long made a motion to include Dave’s 24-Hour Towing and Emerald Towing in the Police Department’s Tow Rotation under the Class “D” Classification of the Town of St. John’s Tow Ordinance. With a second by Commissioner Hejl, the motion carried unanimously.

REPORTS FROM COMMISSIONERS

Budget –
Commissioner Dodaro stated there was nothing to report on this matter since the Chief of Police was not present at tonight’s meeting.
Physical Plant –
Commissioner Dodaro stated to the best of his knowledge, everything is working fine at the Police Department, and there are no problems with the building.
DARE – Graduation Dates –
Commissioner Dodaro stated the DARE Graduation dates are still to be determined.
Human Resources – Agility Test of February 21, 2004 –
Commissioner Dodaro advised there were 25 applicants who took the agility test, wherein 23 successfully completed the test and will now proceed to the Oral Interviews.
Human Resources – Process for Creation of Eligibility List –
Commissioner Dodaro advised that after the Oral Interviews have been completed, an Eligibility List will be established. This list should be available sometime in April 2004.
Human Resources – Schedule for Oral Interviews –
Commissioner Dodaro advised the Oral Interviews will begin on Tuesday, March 9, 2004 and will continue through the end of the week until they are completed. Applicants will be given an opportunity to present their college and military service to the Commission prior to the Eligibility List being created.

NEW BUSINESS

Revised G.O. 11.01 – Care and Use of Departmental Owned Vehicles –
Commissioner Dodaro stated he was informed by Chief Guzik that this general order was not ready to be approved by the Commission; therefore, it will then be tabled until next month’s meeting.
Grant Application for Departmental Equipment –
Commissioner Dodaro stated that since Chief Guzik was not present at tonight’s meeting and not available to comment on this matter, the matter would be tabled until next month’s meeting.
Uniform Change for Ranking Officers (Sergeants and Above) –
Commissioner Dodaro stated this policy is still being reviewed and established by Chief Guzik. This matter will also be tabled until next month’s meeting.
Indiana NENA (9-1-1) Fund Raiser – Cell Phone Recycling –
Commissioner Dodaro advised the Commission was in receipt of correspondence and a flyer from the Chief’s secretary regarding a fundraiser involving cell phone recycling. Commissioner Dodaro read the letter from Ms. Joan Kolodziej, which advised that with the funds obtained through this campaign, Indiana NENA 9-1-1 would then offer training sessions to all Indiana dispatchers. This training will be held locally and offered free of charge to all Indiana law enforcement agencies. Commissioner Dodaro stated he felt this was a great opportunity to obtain some additional training for our dispatchers.

ANY AND ALL

Mr. Joseph Hero, of 11723 S. Oak Ridge Drive, presented each Commissioner with a copy of three (3) pages out of the State Board of Accounts Audit Report for the Town of St. John for the period of January 1, 2001 to December 31, 2002 (a copy of which is attached). Mr. Hero then went on to explain the pages that were copied and provided to the Commissioners, most specifically Page 54 of the Audit Results and Comments. Mr. Hero then read sections of this page and explained that he had handwritten the words “Police Control All Gas Distribution” next to the topic on Page 54 entitled “Internal Controls Over Gasoline.” Mr. Hero read from the report and then summarized what he felt the report indicated, that being:
  • Basically, if a police car is being used for personal use, a log should be kept that designates what the personal use is.
  • Further, if a cell phone, which is issued by the Town, is used for personal use, a log should be kept that designates what the personal use is.
  • The Town should be reimbursed for all personal use of any Town equipment.

In conclusion, Mr. Hero stated he feels an investigation should be conducted over the last three (3) years of gasoline usage, and a determination should be made as to what happened to the unaccounted for gasoline that is under the control of the Police Department during that period. He stated he felt this needs to be done because:

  • It goes to saving taxpayers dollars.
  • It is important to find out why the gasoline is unaccounted for as noted by the State Board of Accounts.

Mr. Hero asked the Police Commission to make an investigation into this matter. Further, if the Commission makes a determination that something has been stolen, the Commission should then involve the Indiana State Police or the FBI, if they have jurisdiction. Additionally, Mr. Hero asked that the Commission not waste anytime getting started on this request. Mr. Hero then thanked the Commission for their patience and their time.

Town Councilman Charles Pearson requested permission to present the Commission with a copy of correspondence received from Chief Joseph Guzik regarding the estimated cost for adding four (4) additional Reserve Officers. Commissioner Dodaro advised Councilman Pearson he could step forward and accepted the correspondence. Commissioner Dodaro then read the correspondence from Chief Joseph Guzik to Town Manager S. Kil dated February 2, 2004. Chief Guzik stated in his memorandum that the initial cost to add four (4) Reserve Officers is $5,583.24, with an additional annual expense of $2,400.00. Commissioner Dodaro stated it is the Commission’s desire to increase the Reserve Officer force to assist the full-time sworn personnel. At Attorney Austgen’s advice, Commissioner Farris made a motion to amend tonight’s agenda by adding the matter of increasing the Reserve Officer force by four (4). With a second by Commissioner Vale, the motion carried unanimously. Commissioner Hejl then made a motion to approve the hiring of four (4) additional Reserve Officers at an initial cost of $5,583.24 and an additional annual expense of $2,400.00, which will increase the Reserve Force from 8 officers to 12 officers. With a second by Commissioner Farris, the motion carried unanimously. Officer Brett Sidenbender, of the St. John Police Department, suggested the Commission may want to investigate the Town’s Ordinance regarding Reserve Officers as he believed it had a cap currently in place stating a maximum of 10 reserve officers may be on at one time. Commissioner Dodaro stated he believed the ordinance has been amended. Councilman Pearson advised the Town Council has already approved the hiring of four (4) additional reserve officers.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, April 12, 2004, with the Work Study Session being held at 7:00 P.M. and the Regular Meeting at 7:30 P.M. in the Town Hall meeting room. Any and all other Executive Sessions will be advertised pursuant to law.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Vale made a motion for adjournment. With a second by Commissioner Hejl, the meeting was adjourned.

Town of St. John, Lake County
Indiana, Board of Metropolitan
Police Commissioners

______________________________
Rose Hejl, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Kolodziej, Recording Secretary

03-19-2004 Police Commission

March 19, 2004 Police Commission Special Meeting Minutes

A Special Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on March 19, 2004 at 6:00 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law, for the purpose of posting the Examination Register. Commissioner Dodaro called the meeting to order and then led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was taken with the following members of the Police Commission being present; namely, William Dodaro, Donald Farris, Rose Hejl, Robert Long, and Ronald Vale. Also present was Town Council Liaison Charles Pearson. Representing the Law Firm of Austgen, Decker and Phillips PC was Attorney David Austgen. Police Chief Joseph Guzik was not present at tonight’s meeting.

OLD BUSINESS

Posting of Examination Register –
Commissioner Dodaro advised the Commission had composed an Examination Register with 16 police officer candidates, which the Commission was posting tonight, March 19, 2004 at 6:00 P.M. The scores listed are the results from the written examination, the physical agility test and the oral interview. The Military / College Points are not included in the posted scores. The list will be available for viewing at both the Town Hall and the St. John Police Department. The candidates have 10 days to submit their written request to the Police Commission to have their Military / College Preference Point included, if qualified. After the 10 days have passed, the Final Register will be compiled and posted.

At this point in the meeting, Commissioner Hejl made a motion to amend the agenda for the purpose of adding “Communications / Correspondence.” With a second by Commissioner Vale, the motion carried unanimously.

COMMUNICATIONS / CORRESPONDENCE
Commissioner Dodaro read correspondence addressed to the St. John Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners, with a copy being sent to the St. John Town Council. Said letter was from Chief Joseph J. Guzik, which stated due to personal reasons, he has decided to resign from his position as Chief of the St. John Metropolitan Police Department. Chief Guzik requested that his resignation be effective immediately for duty purposes but be effective at the end of the next pay period for salary purposes. Further, Chief Guzik requested that all accrued compensation benefits be provided to extend the compensation payment after regular compensation is paid and exhausted. Commissioner Farris made a motion to accept Chief Joseph J. Guzik’s resignation. With a second by Commissioner Long, the motion carried unanimously. Commissioner Dodaro stated the Commission would now be looking for a new police chief.

NEW BUSINESS

There were no matters of “New Business” brought before the Commission at this meeting.

Commissioner Dodaro stated he would like to say that Chief Guzik has served 10+ years with the Police Department, and he is going to be missed. Commissioner Dodaro stated, on behalf of the entire Police Commission, the Commission wishes Mr. Guzik well in his future endeavors and all the best of luck in the world.

Commissioner Dodaro stated the Commission would be calling a Special Meeting to discuss how it desires to proceed with finding a replacement for Chief Guzik. Commissioner Hejl made a motion to name Captain Bernard J. Johnsen as the officer in charge of the Police Department until a replacement for the Chief of Police can be found. With a second by Commissioner Vale, the motion carried unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Hejl made a motion for adjournment. With a second by Commissioner Farris, the meeting was adjourned.

Town of St. John, Lake County
Indiana, Board of Metropolitan
Police Commissioners

______________________________
Rose Hejl, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Kolodziej, Recording Secretary

03-26-2004 Police Commission

March 26, 2004 Police Commission Special Meeting Minutes

A Special Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on March 26, 2004 at 6:00 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law, for the purpose of posting the Examination Register. Commissioner Dodaro called the meeting to order and then led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was taken with the following members of the Police Commission being present; namely, William Dodaro, Donald Farris, Rose Hejl, Robert Long, and Ronald Vale. Also present was Town Council Liaison Charles Pearson. Representing the Law Firm of Austgen, Decker and Phillips P.C. was Attorney David Austgen, as well as Attorney Tim Kuiper.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Commissioner Hejl made a motion to accept the minutes as written of the Executive Session held on March 19, 2004 and prepared by the Law Firm of Austgen, Decker & Phillips, P.C., as well as the minutes of the Special Meeting held on March 19, 2004 and prepared by the Law Firm of Austgen, Decker & Phillips, P.C. With a second by Commissioner Long, the motion carried unanimously.

OLD BUSINESS

There were no matters of old business addressed by the Commission at this meeting.

NEW BUSINESS

Commissioner Dodaro stated the Commission was in receipt of a resignation letter from Chief Joseph Guzik on March 19, 2004. Commissioner Dodaro read the resignation letter. Commissioner Vale then made a motion to accept Joseph Guzik’s letter of resignation. With a second by Commissioner Farris, the motion carried unanimously.

At this point in the meeting and at the advice of Attorney David Austgen, Commissioner Vale made a motion to amend the agenda wherein the reference to the meeting being a work study session of the St. John Town Council be removed. With a second by Commissioner Long, the motion carried unanimously.

COMMUNICATIONS / CORRESPONDENCE

Regarding the resignation of Chief Joseph Guzik and the matter that the Commission’s Special Meeting held at 6:00 P.M. on Friday, March 19, 2004 was not properly advertised and posted, Commissioner Dodaro read the following statement:

The Police Commission meeting tonight is being held to clarify the circumstances regarding the resignation of former Police Chief, Joseph Guzik, and to clear up any misunderstandings reported regarding this matter.

The Police Commission members, all public servants, are responsible for ensuring the general safety and service of St. John and its residents.

The Police Commission held an executive session on Friday, March 19, 2004 at 5:30 p.m., as advertised and posted. There was an unintentional omission on the notice because a box was not checked that should have been. All discussions that occurred in the Executive Session, however, were proper according to the Indiana Open Door Law and specifically, Indiana Code 5-14-1.5-6.1.

At the Executive Session on Friday, March 19, 2004, the Police Commission offered Mr. Guzik the opportunity to resign his position as Chief of Police. Mr. Guzik was provided information as to why it would be in the best interest of all parties that he tender his resignation. From the information discussed, the police commission felt that a change in leadership within the department was necessary. Mr. Guzik was then presented with a letter of resignation. Upon his receipt of the letter and after full discussion, Mr. Guzik signed the letter of resignation and presented it to the Police Commission. Then, the Police Commission issued a directive to Mr. Guzik that acknowledged the receipt of resignation, and requested all Police Department property be returned and further stated a press release would be issued.

The following is a quote from that directive:

“The Police Commission will issue a public press statement reporting that the Chief of Police has resigned to pursue other interests, that the Police Commission wishes him luck in his future endeavors, and that after his ten (10) plus years of dedication and service, he will be missed. Further, please be advised that you can make any statement to the Press that you deem appropriate, including resigning to pursue other interests. In the event that your Press statement does not conform to the above or deviates into topics that have not been discussed, the Police Commission will respond appropriately and accordingly.”

We are making this statement tonight as Mr. Guzik has chosen to ignore information brought to his attention prior to his resignation. This was only a part of what was presented to him in specific detail at last Friday’s meeting.

When the presentation was completed, Mr. Guzik voluntarily signed the resignation letter. He was further assured at his request that details of additional information that led to his resignation would not be released.

We would like to further state, that the comments made by the Police Commission were in accordance with the understanding with Mr. Guzik to protect his public image.

The Police Commission will adhere to the original agreement with Mr. Guzik, provided he conducts himself as a professional in any other actions regarding this matter.

The Commission will appropriately respond to any additional inaccurate statements should that be necessary.

This matter is now closed, and we will move forward to finding a qualified candidate for the position of Chief of Police. This will allow us to provide the best possible service to the residents of St. John.

ADJOURNMENT

With the conclusion of reading the above statement, Commissioner Dodaro stated the meeting is adjourned. Commissioner Vale made a motion for adjournment. With a second by Commissioner Hejl, the meeting was adjourned.

Town of St. John, Lake County
Indiana, Board of Metropolitan
Police Commissioners

______________________________
Rose Hejl, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Kolodziej, Recording Secretary

04-12-2004 Police Commission

April 12, 2004 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The April 2004 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on April 12, 2004 at 7:30 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law. Commissioner Dodaro called the meeting to order and then led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was taken with the following members of the Police Commission being present; namely, William Dodaro, Donald Farris, Rose Hejl, Robert Long, and Ronald Vale. Also present were Assistant Chief Bernard Johnsen and Town Council Liaison Charles Pearson. Representing the Law Firm of Austgen, Decker and Phillips PC was Attorney David Austgen, who had to leave at the end of the Work Study Session.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

Commissioner Farris made a motion to approve and accept the March 8, 2004 Regular Meeting Minutes, the March 26, 2004 Executive Session Minutes, the March 26, 2004 Special Meeting Minutes and the April 6, 2004 Executive Session Minutes as presented. With a second by Commissioner Vale, the motion carried unanimously.

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

Commissioner Dodaro read a letter from Patricia and Leonard Rompka, of 3048 Brampton Lane, Dyer, Indiana addressed to Police Commission Chairman William Dodaro and Police Commission members. Said letter highly commended Captain Bernard Johnsen for his assistance regarding a situation between their son and Lake Central High School. The Rompkas stated they felt they would never be able to thank Captain Johnsen for his extraordinary efforts. Commissioner Dodaro advised Captain Johnsen that a copy of this letter has already been placed in his personnel file, and the entire Commission applauded his efforts and commended him as well for a job well done.

Commissioner Farris read a letter regarding a “Job Well Done” addressed to Sergeant Michael Fryzel from Assistant Chief Bernard Johnsen dated April 5, 2004. Said letter was reference Case Number 2004-0001285 and commended Sergeant Fryzel for responding to a call of an 18-year old male MS patient who was not breathing. Sergeant Fryzel was not on duty when the call came in, yet he responded. Due to his quick response and through his efforts, Sergeant Fryzel was able to help the patient begin breathing and was able to sustain the patient’s life until the St. John Fire Department arrived and were able to take over. Commissioner Farris stated a copy of this letter has been placed in Sergeant Fryzel’s file, and he commented, “Good job, Mike!”

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Commissioner Dodaro read the monthly report for March 2004. Commissioner Dodaro stated that from March 1, 2004 through March 31, 2004, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 15,157 duty miles and responded to 325 incidents. The investigation of these incidents resulted in 23 adult arrests with a total of 37 charges, and 7 juvenile arrests with a total of 14 charges. There were 319 traffic citations issued along with 58 written warnings and 0 parking violations. The grand total of citations issued during the month of March 2004 is 377 citations. Vehicle thefts totaled $0.00 during the month of March 2004. All other thefts totaled $5,075.00. Total value of recovered property was $0.00. Commissioner Hejl made a motion to accept the Police Department’s Monthly Report for March 2004 as presented. With a second by Commissioner Long, the motion carried unanimously. Some discussion ensued regarding the recovery of a ferret and a Chihuahua that had been stolen from Alsip Home and Nursery. Regarding an issue involving limousines being parked on Ventura Drive, Commissioner Dodaro advised that numerous citations have been issued, and the party involved is currently in compliance. However, the Police Department will monitor that area to ensure they stay in compliance.

OLD BUSINESS

Budget –
Commissioner Dodaro stated there was nothing to report on this matter.
Physical Plant –
Commissioner Dodaro asked Assistant Chief Johnsen to comment on the condition of the Police Department building. Assistant Chief Johnsen advised the roof is not leaking, but it has not been raining either. He also stated the building needs help as it is an old building which is overcrowded and needs to be replaced.
DARE – Graduation Dates –
Commissioner Dodaro stated the DARE Graduation Programs, for Kolling Elementary and St. John Evangelist schools, were both held on April 8, 2004 at Kolling Elementary School at 10:0 A.M. Officers Eric Andersen and James Turturillo organized and conducted the DARE Graduation Program. Commissioner Hejl stated she was in attendance at the graduation program as both a parent and a commissioner. Town Council Member Jerri Teibel was also present. Commissioner Hejl stated the officers should be commended for a job well done as the program was very organized, and it was obvious the children enjoyed the officers coming to their schools throughout the year. She stated the program was both fun and informative.
Human Resources – Final Examination Register –
Commissioner Dodaro advised the Final Register was posted on March 30, 2004 at 6:00 P.M. Copies are posted at the both the Town Hall and the Police Department.
Human Resources – Recommend Police Officer Candidate for Hire –
Commissioner Dodaro stated he recommended the hiring of the first person on the Final Examination Register; namely, Steven Flores. Commissioner Dodaro stated he believes all other aspects (physical examination, psychological evaluation, background investigation, etc.) have been completed regarding hiring Mr. Flores, and everything is pending approval from PERF. Some discussion ensued. Commissioner Vale made a motion to recommend the hiring of Steven Flores to the Town Council. With a second by Commissioner Hejl, the motion carried unanimously.
Human Resources – Proceed with Filling the Chief of Police Position –
Commissioner Farris made a motion to proceed with advertising for applicants for the position of Chief of Police. With a second by Commissioner Long, the motion carried unanimously.
Human Resources – Reserve Officer Program –
Commissioner Long made a motion to proceed with the hiring of four (4) additional reserve officers and that those positions be offered first to the candidates on the Final Examination Register. With a second by Commissioner Farris, the motion carried unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

Revised G.O. 11.01 – Care and Use of Departmental Owned Vehicles –
Commissioner Farris made a motion to amend General Order 11.01 – Care and Use of Departmental Owned Vehicles, to state that unmarked police vehicles will be limited to a 50 mile radius and all marked vehicles will be limited to Lake County, Indiana. With a second by Commissioner Vale, the motion carried unanimously.
Grant Application for Departmental Equipment –
Commissioner Hejl made a motion to authorize Officer Steven Rudzinski to proceed with the ordering of new equipment, namely a state of the art radar unit and two (2) Genius K-band radios for the Police Department under the proposed grant application. The total cost of equipment is $6,435.00 with the Police Department’s responsibility being $1,608.75. With a second by Commissioner Long, the motion carried unanimously.
Uniform Change for Ranking Officers (Sergeants and Above) –
Commissioner Vale made a motion to change the uniform policy for sergeants wherein the sergeants will wear white shirts when working the day shift and on the afternoon and night shifts, white shirts will be optional. With a second by Commissioner Farris, the motion carried unanimously.
Indiana NENA (9-1-1) Fund Raiser – Cell Phone Recycling – Advertise in Newspaper -
Commissioner Dodaro advised that donations are coming in very slowly and stated he would like to advertise the program in the newspaper in an effort to inform residents of this program. Commissioner Hejl then made a motion to authorize advertising of the Indiana NENA (9-1-1) Fund Raiser involving cell phone recycling. With a second by Commissioner long, the motion carried unanimously.
Chase Stingers –
Commissioner Hejl stated she received a memorandum from Corporal Timothy Gardenhire reference the Stinger Spike System, which is a tire deflation device system that slows down and puts an end to dangerous, high-speed pursuits that endangers pedestrians, as well as motorists. In the last month, St. John has had three (3) high-speed pursuits that came through Town, each of which could have resulted in injury or the loss of innocent life due to the pursuit. There are four (4) ways to stop a pursuit; those being:
  1. Lights and Sirens
  2. Stop Stick (Chase Stingers)
  3. PIT Maneuver (Precision Immobilization Technique)
  4. Deadly Force

The St. John Police Department has Options #1 and #4 available to the officers, and Corporal T. Gardenhire, being an EVOC Instructor, is the only officer of the St. John Police Department who is certified to perform the PIT Maneuver, which involves contact between two (2) vehicles, causing the violator to spin out. Corporal Gardenhire states in his memorandum that he believes the acquisition of the chase stingers would provide the officers with another tool to put an end to a possibly deadly high-speed pursuit. The 15’ Trooper Spike System costs approximately $450.00 per system, and it was suggested that a set be purchased for each squad car. Some discussion ensued. Commissioner Farris made a motion to approve the purchase of the 15’ Trooper Spike System for each full-time patrol officer’s squad car. With a second by Commissioner Vale, the motion carried unanimously.

Revise G.O. 16.01 – Authorized Firearms & Ammunition –
Commissioner Long made a motion to authorize the officers, who so desire, to trade in their current Department issued Glock Model 35 for an upgraded version (Model 22) at a cost of $50.00 each, which is to be paid for by the individual officers. With a second by Commissioner Farris, the motion carried unanimously.

ANY AND ALL

Town Council Member Jerri Teibel commented that tonight was the first she has heard about the Indiana NENA (9-1-1) Fund Raiser – Cell Phone Recycling. She stated she had no idea this program existed. Commissioner Dodaro advised that this matter came before the Commission at last month’s regular meeting. Mrs. Teibel suggested that this program be included on the Town’s website and stated she would bring the matter to the Network Analyst’s attention.

Mr. James Curran, of 8780 Patterson Street, advised that the problem of overweight trucks traveling on Patterson Street is still continuing. Mr. Curran stated that Patterson Street has been ruined by this truck traffic. Construction has started up again, and the truck traffic on Patterson Street has greatly increased again. The trucks are carrying heavy equipment and heavy loads of sand and stone. The most frequent times of this truck traffic is between 7:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Mr. Curran stated he had brought this matter to the ex-Police Chief’s attention prior to his departure, but he never saw any efforts made by the St. John Police Department to curtail these ordinance violations. Much discussion ensued, inclusive of discussion regarding the fines for overweight truck violations. Commissioner Dodaro suggested installing signs on Patterson Street that include the fines for violations. More discussion ensued, including discussion on who to cite (driver and/or company) and the fee schedule. It was determined that the ordinance governing this matter needs to be reviewed and possibly amended. Assistant Chief Johnsen advised he would make the patrol officers aware of this problem and they will make a conscientious effort to curtail these ordinance violations.

Assistant Chief Johnsen commented that he feels the Reserve Program the St. John Police Department has is a good program. However, there is a problem with the current program; that being it is taking almost nine (9) months to get new reserves trained and out on their own. Due to this being a volunteer program wherein there is no compensation, it makes it even more difficult to get the reserves through the program in a timely manner. Assistant Chief Johnsen advised he is going to send out letters to the eight (8) current reserve officers and inform them that the Reserve Program is not a social club. Instead, it is a privilege to a member of the Reserve Program and if their schedules do not allow for participation on a regular basis, then they need to turn in their equipment and resign.

Further, Assistant Chief Johnsen stated he feels the FTO Program for the Reserves needs to be tweaked. Assistant Chief Johnsen then explained the changes in training that he feels are necessary, and he stated he felt it would be the training should concentrate on the following four (4) main areas:

  1. Safety for the Reserve Officer.
  2. Safety for the officers that the Reserve is working with.
  3. Traffic laws.
  4. Defensive tactics and firearms.

Assistant Chief Johnsen stated he spoke with the FTOs, and they are in favor in modifying the training program for the reserves in an effort to shorten the process and basically, to work on just “the meat and potatoes” of the job. Some discussion ensued.

Assistant Chief Johnsen commented on another area that he feels needs attention regarding the reserves; that being: firearms training. Basically, if the reserve officer does not come to firearms training, then they are out. He stated the liability issue here is too great and if the reserve cannot qualify, then “the juice is not worth the squeeze.” More discussion ensued.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, May 10, 2004, with the Work Study Session being held at 7:00 P.M. and the Regular Meeting at 7:30 P.M. in the Town Hall meeting room. Any and all other Executive Sessions will be advertised pursuant to law.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Long made a motion for adjournment. With a second by Commissioner Vale, the meeting was adjourned.

Town of St. John, Lake County
Indiana, Board of Metropolitan
Police Commissioners

______________________________
Rose Hejl, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Kolodziej, Recording Secretary

05-10-2004 Police Commission

May 10, 2004 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The May 2004 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on May 10, 2004 at 7:30 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law. Commissioner Dodaro called the meeting to order and then led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was taken with the following members of the Police Commission being present; namely, William Dodaro, Donald Farris, Rose Hejl, and Robert Long. Also present were Assistant Chief Bernard Johnsen and Town Council Liaison Charles Pearson. Representing the Law Firm of Austgen, Decker and Phillips PC was Attorney David Austgen. Commissioner Ron Vale was not present.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

Commissioner Hejl made a motion to approve and accept the April 12, 2004 Executive Session Minutes and the April 12, 2004 Regular Meeting Minutes as presented. With a second by Commissioner Long, the motion carried unanimously.

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

Commissioner Dodaro read a letter to the Police Commission from Sergeant Fred Stamate, of Lake Central High School, dated April 30, 2004. Said letter expressed thanks and gratitude to the Police Commission and the St. John Police Department for the department’s participation in a drug sweep at Lake Central High School on Friday, April 30, 2004. In particular, the letter commended Corporal Dale Poston for the fine job he did as the charge officer and coordinator of the multi-faceted sweep.

Commissioner Dodaro read a letter to Corporal David Demeter from the St. John the Evangelist Health Ministry. Said letter, dated April 2004, expressed thanks for the St. John Police Department’s support of their Health Fair. Corporal Richard Conaway and Officer James Turturillo attended the Health Fair and were found to be friendly, helpful and able to provide excellent information.

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Commissioner Dodaro read the monthly report for April 2004. Commissioner Dodaro stated that from April 1, 2004 through April 30, 2004, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 14,784 duty miles and responded to 363 incidents. The investigation of these incidents resulted in 22 adult arrests with a total of 33 charges, and 3 juvenile arrests with a total of 4 charges. There were 306 traffic citations issued along with 76 written warnings and 0 parking violations. The grand total of citations issued during the month of April 2004 is 382 citations. Vehicle thefts totaled $0.00 during the month of April 2004. All other thefts totaled $10,450.00. Total value of recovered property was $0.00.

OLD BUSINESS

Hiring of Officer Steven Flores –
Commissioner Dodaro advised Officer Steven Flores was sworn in on April 22, 2004. Assistant Chief Johnsen stated Officer Flores is doing very well. He is a seasoned police officer, also a former St. John Reserve Officer, and a former East Chicago fireman. Officer Flores worked his first weekend with Corporal Conaway, who helped him get reacquainted with the Town, and now “he is out there fighting crime with both hands.”
Patterson Avenue Overweight Truck Complaint –
Assistant Chief Johnsen advised six (6) citations were written regarding overweight truck violations since last month’s meeting. The minimum amount of manpower extended for this purpose was 14 hours 44 minutes, based on the officers who logged their time with Radio on this detail. Based on this information, Assistant Chief Johnsen stated the “juice is not worth the squeeze” regarding this matter, and he did not feel it warranted officers sitting on Patterson specifically for this purpose. Signs have been installed advising of the fines, and the Department will continue with enforcement via roving patrol in this area. Assistant Chief Johnsen stated there was a lot of truck traffic, but they had the right to be there because they were making deliveries in Town. Much discussion ensued, inclusive of conversation regarding weighing vehicles and the availability of local scales.

Commissioner Long inquired as to whether there is any follow-up done after these citations are written, such as a letter to the business owner advising that their driver has received the citation and why the driver was cited. Assistant Chief Johnsen advised there was not but that was due to the fact that the employer of every driver, who had been cited, called the station. Assistant Chief Johnsen sated he spoke to the employers personally about the citations. Further, each employer who called wanted a break on the citation because they did not tell their driver to come through St. John. Some discussion ensued. Commissioner Long stated he felt a letter should be sent to each business owner regarding the ordinance violation by their employee. Assistant Chief Johnsen stated that was a pretty good idea and that could be done. More discussion ensued regarding overweight vehicles and state laws regulating the same. Commissioner Dodaro asked Assistant Chief Johnsen to research state laws reference weight restrictions on trucks and the enforcement of the same on local roads. More discussion ensued. Assistant Chief Johnsen advised the Commission that part-time Dispatcher Cliff Wroe wrote a program in Access to track all citations written regarding these overweight vehicle violations. The program makes it very easy to see exactly which companies have drivers who are violating the Town’s ordinance, and how many times the company’s different drivers have received citations.

Mr. James Curran, of 8780 Patterson Street, advised that he has seen a reduction in the truck traffic going down Patterson Street since the officers have been enforcing overweight vehicle violations. However, he has now noticed garbage haulers from different communities now using Patterson to travel south.

Chase Stingers –
Commissioner Hejl advised she has spoken with Assistant Chief Johnsen and Corporal Timothy Gardenhire regarding this matter. She has been informed that the chase stingers have been ordered, and the police officers will receive a four (4) hour training class regarding the use of the chase stingers. Assistant Chief Johnsen advised this should be occurring within the next two (2) weeks. The cost of this training was included in the purchase price of the chase stingers.
Firearms – Glock Model 22 –
Assistant Chief Johnsen advised that the Glock 22s, which were ordered for the officers wishing to trade-in their Glock 35s, have been received. The reason why this trade-in came about was due to some of the officers felt that the barrel length of the Glock 35 was uncomfortable when sitting in their squad cars and difficult to remove from the holster. The barrel length on the Glock 22 is about 1-1/2” inches shorter than the Glock 35. Assistant Chief Johnsen stated he kept two (2) of the Glock 35s; one was given to Officer Flores, and the other is being held with the hopes of providing it to another new officer that may be hired later this year.
Indiana NENA (9-1-1) Fund Raiser – Cell Phone Recycling –
Secretary J. Kolodziej advised that she has contacted The Times, The Post Tribune and WJOB regarding this fund raiser, who each ran an article regarding this matter. There have been several phone calls received in Dispatch regarding turning in phones, and there has been an apparent increase in public awareness regarding this fundraiser.

REPORTS

Budget –
Attorney David Austgen advised there was a ruling in Lake Superior Court on Friday, May 7, 2004, regarding tax bills and the constitutionality of the tax collection system. Tax bills were due to be mailed today, but that is not going to happen now. Attorney Austgen advised that he had a lengthy discussion today with Town Manager Steven Kil, and they will be talking to the Town Council about how this will impact the Town’s budget and spending. All departments will need to slow down on spending. As of this time, it is not known when the tax monies will be received. This problem will affect every government unit in Lake County, Indiana. Some discussion ensued.
Physical Plant –
Assistant Chief Johnsen advised that approximately two (2) years ago, there was a substantial amount of mold growing upstairs on the ducts and walls. At that time, the mold was cleaned up as best as possible and then painted over. However, now if you are upstairs for a period of time, you can count on a severe headache and not feeling very well. Assistant Chief Johnsen stated it his belief that if a person spends a lot of time in the police station building, it will kill you. The mold that is on the walls upstairs is the same type of mold that when discovered in schools, they close the schools down. Assistant Chief Johnsen stated that the building needs to be replaced because he feels it is not a safe, healthy environment. Some discussion ensued regarding the inspection that was completed two (2) years ago. A report was generated at the time listing the findings and recommendations of the building. Commissioner Dodaro stated that this matter will be discussed soon and an attempt will be made to determine possible solutions for the situation.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Chief of Police Position –
Commissioner Dodaro advised that the Commissioner advertised for applicants, and the deadline for the resumes to be postmarked was May 4, 2004. As of today’s date, three (3) resumes have been received. Commissioner Dodaro stated that tentatively, the Commission planned on conducting interviews on Sunday, May 16, 2004; however, not all commissioners will be available. Commissioner Dodaro stated he would like to have all commissioners present for the interviews. Some discussion ensued. The Commission determined interviews would be conducted on Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 11:00 A.M., 11:30 A.M. and 12:00 Noon. The Commission hoped that they could then make a recommendation to the Town Council in time for the Town Council to appoint the new Chief of Police at their May 20th meeting.
Reserve Officer Program – Release of Reserve Officer for Solo Duty –
Commissioner Dodaro advised Reserve Officer Michael Moffitt has been released for solo duty.
Reserve Officer Program – Consideration of Final Examination Register Candidates –
Commissioner Dodaro advised the Commission has decided to increase the Reserve Officer Force by five (5) officers. Seven (7) applications have been received for the position of Reserve Officer, and the Commission has decided to approve the hiring of the five (5) candidates who are also listed on the Final Examination Register. Commissioner Hejl made a motion to accept the five (5) candidates that are included on the Final Examination Register into the Reserve Program; namely Anthony J. Konvalinka, Jerrod S. Martin, David M. Oszust, David L. Rybicki, and Brenda L. Smith. With a second by Commissioner Long, the motion carried unanimously. Regarding the other two (2) applications received, Commissioner Dodaro advised the applications would be placed in the file and those individuals would be contacted when there are new openings. Assistant Chief Johnsen was then directed to send letters to the applicants advising of the action the Commission has taken regarding the Reserve Officer Program. Further, Commissioner Dodaro advised Assistant Chief Johnsen to get the new reserves on board and going as soon as possible. Assistant Chief Johnsen then advised the Commission of changes he has recently made to the Reserve Program, namely:
  • In the past, only certain officers were allowed to train. Since now almost all the officers are FTOs, Assistant Chief Johnsen decided to allow all of the officers to conduct Reserve Officer Training, which should expedite the training process of the new reserves.

  • The training program for the reserves is in the process of being revamped. In the past, it took approximately nine (9) months for a reserve to be trained. In looking at the old program and in speaking with the officers, Assistant Chief Johnsen stated he has determined areas that should be concentrated on, mainly liability issues, and has scheduled blocks of training in the Department’s Training Room so that the reserves could do assignments such as the overweight truck detail, traffic control, and security issues that the Department is working on.

Town Liaison Pearson inquired as to whether a reserve officer had been recently let go. Assistant Chief Johnsen stated that he did terminate the position of one of the reserve officers, but he was going to decline naming the individual at this time. Assistant Chief Johnsen stated that the reserves in training were not coming out for their shifts, so he developed a new requirement that the reserves had to come out a minimum of three (3) shifts a month. At the beginning of each month, the reserves would have to schedule their three (3) days. He stated he understood exigent circumstances and would take that in consideration but if the reserve is in the area, he expected them to put their time in. However, this particular individual stated he could not do this at this time. In order not to waste this reserve’s training, Assistant Chief Johnsen advised this individual to return his department issued equipment and if sometime in the future his schedule allows, then he could re-enter the Reserve Program with a refresher course, and he would go back to where he left off. At this time though, the individual can no longer be involved with the Reserve Program due to his inability to meet the minimum shift requirement. As of this date, the reserve has not turned in his equipment, but Assistant Chief Johnsen stated he has advised the reserve of the laws regarding conversion and exercising control of somebody’s property without authorization. Some discussion ensued.

NEW BUSINESS

Equipment – Vests –
Commissioner Hejl advised that she received a memorandum from Corporal David Demeter regarding body armor. Said letter advised that the whole department is in need of new body armor. The Department is in receipt of a grant that will provide funds to help with purchasing new body armor for department members. Corporal Demeter, who was in attendance, advised that the Department has been awarded approximately $9,400 through a grant for the purchase of new body armor. He stated the grant is a 40% matching grant and went on to explain the terms of the grant. Corporal Demeter advised that the Department just bought seven (7) vests for reserve officers, and he is in the process of getting the Town reimbursed for a portion of this purchase.

At this time and reference the Glock trade-ins, Assistant Chief Johnsen stated there was a lot of paperwork involved, phone calls, mailings, etc., that had to be done. Assistant Chief Johnsen advised Corporal Demeter did all that work, which made it real easy for him (Johnsen) to get the firearms exchange completed. Corporal Demeter organized everything and did a very good job.

Commissioner Dodaro queried as to how many members of the Police Department were in need of new vests. Corporal Demeter advised that out of the 15 full-time members, three (3) had vests that were under the 5-year limit. Those officers are Officer J. Turturillo, Officer B. Sidenbender, and Officer J. Dahlin. All the other officers, with the exception of Officer S. Flores who was just hired, have vests that were purchased in 1997, which puts them well past the manufacturer’s warranty. Corporal Demeter then explained issues regarding the limit placed on vests by manufacturers. Some discussion ensued, inclusive of discussion of officers’ preferences in vest manufacturers, types and threat level. The Commission asked Corporal Demeter to compile a list of officers who wish to participate in obtaining new vests and include the companies that those officers have a preference for. Councilman Pearson suggested standardizing the issued vests, and then obtaining bids from the different companies for a multiple purchase. An officer would then have the issued vest to wear but if he did not like it, he could then purchase a vest of his choice. Corporal Demeter responded that he felt a vest is a very personal piece of equipment. More discussion ensued. Commissioner Long suggested getting quotes from the different vendors and then establish a standard issued vest. Should an officer prefer a vest that costs more than the standard issued vest, they would then have the opportunity to purchase the vest of their choice, and they would be responsible for paying the difference in cost. Commissioner Long stated he wanted to look at standardizing the vests, getting a price for a bulk purchase, and then make a good business decision regarding this matter.

ANY AND ALL

There were no matters of “Any and All” brought before the Commission.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, June 14, 2004, with the Work Study Session being held at 7:00 P.M. and the Regular Meeting at 7:30 P.M. in the Town Hall meeting room. Any and all other Executive Sessions will be advertised pursuant to law.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Hejl made a motion for adjournment. With a second by Commissioner Farris, the meeting was adjourned.

Town of St. John, Lake County
Indiana, Board of Metropolitan
Police Commissioners

______________________________
Rose Hejl, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Kolodziej, Recording Secretary

06-01-2004 Police Commission

June 1, 2004 Police Commission Special Meeting Minutes

A Special Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on June 1, 2004 at 7:00 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law, for the purpose of addressing personnel matters; namely, the Chief of Police Position and a policy change in vacation time for department head. Commissioner Dodaro called the meeting to order and then led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was taken with the following members of the Police Commission being present; namely, William Dodaro, Donald Farris, Rose Hejl, Robert Long, and Ronald Vale. Also present was Town Council Liaison Charles Pearson. Representing the Law Firm of Austgen, Decker and Phillips P.C. was Attorney Timothy Kuiper. Assistant Chief Bernard Johnsen was not present.

NEW BUSINESS

Personnel Matters – Chief of Police Position –
Commissioner Farris made a motion to make a conditional offer of employment to Fred Frego as Chief of the St. John Municipal Police Department subject to Town Council favorable action and approval and any applicable laws. With a second by Commissioner Hejl, the motion carried with four ayes, zero nays, and one abstention by Commissioner Dodaro.
Policy Change – Vacation Time for Department Head –
Commissioner Dodaro stated in the past, there has been a discrepancy wherein the Chief of Police received five weeks of vacation while other department heads received four weeks of vacation. The Town Council recently changed the policy so that all department heads will be uniform and shall receive four weeks vacation. Department heads will receive five weeks vacation after 15 years of continuous service. Commissioner Dodaro stated that the Police Department’s Policies and Procedures would be amended to reflect this change.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Commissioner Dodaro opened the floor to Public Comment. No comments were received.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Hejl made a motion for adjournment. With a second by Commissioner Vale, the motion carried unanimously and the meeting was adjourned.

Town of St. John, Lake County
Indiana, Board of Metropolitan
Police Commissioners

______________________________
Rose Hejl, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Kolodziej, Recording Secretary

06-14-2004 Police Commission

June 14, 2004 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The June 2004 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on June 14, 2004 at 7:30 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law. Commissioner Dodaro called the meeting to order and then led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was taken with the following members of the Police Commission being present; namely, William Dodaro, Donald Farris, Rose Hejl, and Ronald Vale. Also present were Chief Fred Frego and Town Council Liaison Charles Pearson. Commissioner Robert Long was not present.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

Commissioner Farris made a motion to approve and accept the minutes from the May 10, 2004 Regular Meeting and the June 1, 2004 Special Meeting. With a second by Commissioner Vale, the motion carried unanimously (4-0).

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

There were no items of “Correspondence / Communications” brought before the Commission.

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Chief Frego read the monthly report for May 2004. Chief Frego stated that from May 1, 2004 through May 31, 2004, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 16,307 duty miles and responded to 354 incidents. The investigation of these incidents resulted in 13 adult arrests with a total of 24 charges, and 0 juvenile arrests. There were 316 traffic citations issued along with 86 written warnings and 0 parking violations. The grand total of citations issued during the month of May 2004 is 402 citations. Vehicle thefts totaled $1,000.00 during the month of May 2004. All other thefts totaled $8,746.00. Total value of recovered property was $1,054.00. Commissioner Farris made a motion to accept the Chief’s Monthly Report for the month of June 2004. With a second by Commissioner Hejl, the motion carried unanimously (4-0).

OLD BUSINESS

Chase Stingers –
Commissioner Dodaro advised the Commission has before them an amendment to General Order 19.06 – Emergency Driving (Pursuit). Commissioner Dodaro read the amendment to the pursuit policy, that being Item H. Tire Deflating Devices and Item I. Training, both of which are located on Page 3. Chief Frego advised the Police Department purchased 13 sets of the chase stingers. Commissioner Vale made a motion to approve General Order 19.06 – Emergency Driving (Pursuit) as amended. With a second by Commissioner Hejl, the motion carried unanimously (4-0).
Vests –
Commissioner Dodaro advised that the Police Department is in receipt of a portion of the grant funds available for vest purchases. The monies were applied to the recent purchase of vests for the reserve officers.
Indiana NENA (9-1-1) Fund Raiser – Cell Phone Recycling –
Secretary J. Kolodziej advised the response has been good thanks to articles in local newspapers. The Post Tribute recently sent a reporter to do a story on this program, and a photograph was taken with the dispatcher on duty. Hopefully, this will generate new interest in this fund raiser.

REPORTS

Budget –
There was nothing new to report at this time.
Physical Plant –
There was nothing new to report at this time.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Chief of Police Position –
Commissioner Dodaro welcomed Chief Frego to the Police Department and the Town of St. John. Commissioner Dodaro advised that he has 100% confidence in Chief Frego and knows he will do a good job. The entire Commission seconded Commissioner Dodaro’s sentiments and gave Chief Frego a round of applause.

NEW BUSINESS

Department Equipment – Receipt of ATV Veicle – Donation from V3 Realty –
Commissioner Dodaro advised the Police Department has received an ATV from V3 Realty. The vehicle is up and running, and it was used at the “Movie in the Park” night. This vehicle will be used for patrol purposes in the Town’s parks, walking trails, new construction areas, etc. Chief Frego advised that there has been a lot of vandalism at the old Lake Hills Golf Course, and the ATV will allow the Police Department to do a better job in patrolling that area as well.

ANY AND ALL

There were no matters of “Any and All” brought forward at tonight’s meeting.

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego thanked the Commission for selecting him to fill the Chief of Police’s position. He stated it has been a memorable six (6) days, and he is getting more comfortable everyday. He is enjoying meeting the officers and becoming familiar with the policies, and he is looking forward to the future.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Mr. James Curran, of 8780 Patterson Avenue, questioned whether the Town has a noise ordinance that regulates boom boxes in cars. Chief Frego stated he did not believe the Town’s noise ordinance regulates the amplification of music devices, but it is certainly something that can be looked into. Mr. Curran advised that the old neighborhood that he moved from started out going bad when the music in the cars got loud, and then everything went downhill from there. Some discussion ensued.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, July 12, 2004, with the Work Study Session being held at 7:00 P.M. and the Regular Meeting at 7:30 P.M. in the Town Hall meeting room. Any and all other Executive Sessions will be advertised pursuant to law.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Farris made a motion for adjournment. With a second by Commissioner Hejl, the meeting was adjourned.

Town of St. John, Lake County
Indiana, Board of Metropolitan
Police Commissioners

______________________________
Rose Hejl, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Kolodziej, Recording Secretary

07-12-2004 Police Commission

July 12, 2004 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The July 2004 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on July 12, 2004 at 7:30 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law. Commissioner Dodaro called the meeting to order and then led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was taken with the following members of the Police Commission being present; namely, William Dodaro, Donald Farris, Rose Hejl, Robert Long and Ronald Vale. Also present were Chief Fred Frego and Town Council Liaison Charles Pearson. Representing the Law Firm of Austgen, Decker and Phillips PC was Attorney Timothy Kuiper.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

Commissioner Hejl made a motion to approve and accept the minutes from the June 1, 2004 Executive Session and the June 14, 2004 Regular Meeting as written. With a second by Commissioner Farris, the motion carried unanimously (5-0).

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

There were no items of “Correspondence / Communications” brought before the Commission.

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Chief Frego read the monthly report for June 2004. Chief Frego stated that from June 1, 2004 through June 30, 2004, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 16,515 duty miles and responded to 433 incidents. The investigation of these incidents resulted in 15 adult arrests with a total of 26 charges, and 5 juvenile arrests with a total of 6 charges. There were 249 traffic citations issued along with 58 written warnings and 0 parking violations. The grand total of citations issued during the month of June 2004 is 307 citations. Vehicle thefts totaled $7,000.00 during the month of June 2004. All other thefts totaled $18,126.00. Total value of recovered property was $2,450.00. Chief Frego also advised that the officers of the St. John Police Department, while working the OPO / DUI Taskforce Grants, issued 34 traffic citations and 54 written warnings for a total of 78 citations being issued on the grants during the month of June 2004. The investigation of these violations resulted in 6 adult arrests with 16 charges being filed and 1 juvenile arrest with 1 charge being filed on the grants for the month of June 2004.

OLD BUSINESS

Vests –
Chief Frego advised he spoke with Corporal D. Demeter earlier today regarding this matter. Cpl. Demeter advised that it was decided to go with the Monarch Second Chance Vests, Threat Level II. Cpl. Demeter also advised that he is in the process of obtaining prices on this item. Regarding the Reserve Officers, it was decided to go with the Monarch Vests, which is just a little bit bulkier than the Second Chance, but it is substantially less expensive than the Second Chance vest.

Chief Frego advised the Commission the Police Department obtained a second ATV as of Friday, July 9, 2004. The department now has two (2) ATV units. The second ATV will be painted and marked to match the first ATV. One of the ATVs will be at the St. John the Evangelist Festival (July 15-18, 2004). When the second unit is ready, the Department will begin patrolling the parks and on the side streets with the ATVs for the remainder of the summer. The ATV patrols will be between the hours of 7:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. In response to Commissioner Farris’ question, Chief Frego advised the officers would be receiving a 40-hour training course through the Schererville Police Department, which has certified trainers. A policy will be written on this matter and then presented to the Commission for approval and adoption.

REPORTS

Budget –
There was nothing new to report at this time.
Physical Plant –
Chief Frego advised there is a meeting scheduled for Thursday, July 15, 2004, at 10:30 A.M. with the Town Manager, the Public Works Director, the Fire and Police Chiefs, members of the Town Council and an architect for the purpose of planning a new Public Safety Complex. Chief Frego stated he would have a report for next month’s meeting. Ground breaking is not expected until sometime in the Year 2005.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Chief of Police – Certification –
Chief Frego advised he now has full police powers in the State of Indiana. Chief Frego stated his paperwork for State Certification has been forwarded to the Academy in Plainfield, Indiana, and he is just waiting for them to meet on this matter, which is expected sometime in August, 2004.
New Reserve Officer Update –
Chief Frego advised that the five (5) new Reserve Officers have completed their 40-hour pre-basic training, and they are currently attending the Department’s in-house Reserve Office Training.

NEW BUSINESS

St. John the Evangelist Festival – Police Department Booth – Gun Locks –
Commissioner Dodaro advised the Police Department will have an information booth at the St. John the Evangelist Festival scheduled this weekend (July 15-18, 2004). Members of the Department have volunteered to man the booth and will hand out Crime Prevention materials, balloons, and gunlocks. Commissioner Long advised that the festival would be scaled back this year compared to the past years as there will be no carnival rides. The main events would be the beer tent and the gambling. Commissioner Long stated that in years past, he has noticed theft from people at the gaming tables, wherein people just walk up and take chips off the tables. He stated this is small theft, but he would like the officers working the festival to keep an eye on this. And for the police officers who are off-duty and in attendance at the festival, he stated the officers should enjoy themselves, but they should also remain professional.

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego stated he had no comments to make at this time.

ANY AND ALL

There were no matters of “Any and All” brought forward at tonight’s meeting.

PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no “Public Comments” made.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, August 9, 2004. There will be no Work Study Session held on August 9, 2004, so the Regular Public Meeting will begin at 7:00 P.M. Further, the Commission decided to eliminate all future Work Study Sessions, unless there is a need for one. In that case, the Commission will make proper notification regarding a Work Study Session. Also, all future Regular Public Meetings will now begin at 7:00 P.M. Any and all other Executive Sessions will be advertised pursuant to law.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Vale made a motion for adjournment. With a second by Commissioner Long, the meeting was adjourned.

Town of St. John, Lake County
Indiana, Board of Metropolitan
Police Commissioners

______________________________
Rose Hejl, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Kolodziej, Recording Secretary

08-09-2004 Police Commission

August 9, 2004 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The August 2004 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on August 9, 2004 at 7:00 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law. Commissioner Vale called the meeting to order and then led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was taken with the following members of the Police Commission being present; namely, Donald Farris, Rose Hejl, and Ronald Vale. Also present was Town Council Liaison Charles Pearson. Commissioners William Dodaro and Robert Long, as well as Chief Fred Frego, were not present at tonight’s meeting. There was no representative present tonight from the Law Firm of Austgen, Decker and Phillips, P.C.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

Commissioner Hejl made a motion to approve and accept the minutes from the July 12, 2004 Regular Meeting as written. With a second by Commissioner Farris, the motion carried unanimously (3-0).

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

There were no items of “Correspondence / Communications” brought before the Commission.

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Recording Secretary Joan Kolodziej read the monthly report for July 2004. Ms. Kolodziej stated that from July 1, 2004 through July 31, 2004, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 14,859 duty miles and responded to 411 incidents. The investigation of these incidents resulted in 14 adult arrests with a total of 32 charges, and 1 juvenile arrest with a total of 1 charge. There were 217 traffic citations issued along with 71 written warnings and 3 parking violations. The grand total of citations issued during the month of July 2004 is 291 citations. Vehicle thefts totaled $0.00 during the month of July 2004. All other thefts totaled $1,363.00. Total value of recovered property was $75.00. Regarding grant activity, Ms. Kolodziej stated that the officers of the St. John Police Department, while working the OPO / DUI Taskforce Grants, issued 10 traffic citations and 71 written warnings for a total of 81 citations being issued on the grants during the month of July 2004. The investigation of these violations resulted in 1 adult arrest with 2 charges being filed and 0 juvenile arrests with 0 charges being filed on the grants for the month of July 2004.

OLD BUSINESS

Vests –
Commissioner Farris stated that since there was nothing new to report on this topic, the matter be carried over until next month’s regular meeting.
St. John the Evangelist Festival – Police Department Booth – Gun Locks –
Commissioner Hejl suggested that this matter be tabled until next month’s regular meeting.

REPORTS

Budget –
There was nothing new to report at this time.
Physical Plant –
There was nothing new to report at this time.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Chief of Police – Certification –
There was nothing new to report on this matter, so it will be carried over to next month’s regular meeting.
New Reserve Officer Update –
There was nothing new to report on this matter, so it will be carried over to next month’s regular meeting.
ATV Unit Update –
Commissioner Vale stated he has seen the officers around town on the ATVs. In response to Commissioner Farris’ question, Ms. Kolodziej advised that four (4) officers have completed the ATV training and are now certified. Those officers are: Sergeant M. Fryzel, Corporal T. Gardenhire, Officer J. Dahlin, and Officer S. Rudzinski. There are six (6) additional officers scheduled for training.

NEW BUSINESS

General Order 11.02 – Police All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) –
Ms. Kolodziej advised the Commissioner that Chief Frego has prepared a policy for the ATVs and would like the Commission to review, and possibly approve and/or amend, said policy. Commissioner Farris made a motion to approve General Order 11.02 – Police All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) as written. With a second by Commissioner Hejl, the motion carried unanimously (3-0).

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego was not present at tonight’s meeting.

ANY AND ALL

There were no matters of “Any and All” brought forward at tonight’s meeting.

PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no “Public Comments” made.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, September 13, 2004. There will be no Work Study Session held on September 13, 2004, so the Regular Public Meeting will begin at 7:00 P.M. Any and all other Executive Sessions will be advertised pursuant to law.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Farris made a motion for adjournment. With a second by Commissioner Hejl, the meeting was adjourned.

Town of St. John, Lake County
Indiana, Board of Metropolitan
Police Commissioners

______________________________
Rose Hejl, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Kolodziej, Recording Secretary

09-13-2004 Police Commission

September 13, 2004 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The September 2004 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on September 13, 2004 at 7:00 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law. Commissioner Dodaro called the meeting to order and then led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was taken with the following members of the Police Commission being present; namely, William Dodaro, Donald Farris, and Rose Hejl. Also present were Police Chief Fred Frego and Town Council Liaison Charles Pearson. Commissioner Robert Long arrived just after the “Approval of Previous Month’s Minutes.” Commissioner Ron Vale was not present at tonight’s meeting. There was no representative present tonight from the Law Firm of Austgen, Decker and Phillips, P.C.; however, they were on stand-by should they be needed.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

Commissioner Hejl made a motion to approve and accept the minutes from the August 9, 2004 Regular Meeting as written. With a second by Commissioner Farris, the motion carried unanimously (3-0).

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

There were no items of “Correspondence / Communications” brought before the Commission.

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Chief Frego read the monthly report for August 2004. Chief Frego stated that from August 1, 2004 through August 31, 2004, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 20,542 duty miles and responded to 427 incidents. The investigation of these incidents resulted in 21 adult arrests with a total of 35 charges, and 2 juvenile arrests with a total of 2 charges. There were 238 traffic citations issued along with 73 written warnings and 3 parking violations. The grand total of citations issued during the month of August 2004 is 314 citations. Vehicle thefts totaled $20,000.00 during the month of August 2004. All other thefts totaled $46,530.00. Total value of recovered property was $6,031.00. Regarding grant activity, Chief Frego stated that the officers of the St. John Police Department, while working the OPO / DUI Taskforce Grants, issued 43 traffic citations and 150 written warnings for a total of 179 citations being issued on the grants during the month of August 2004. The investigation of these violations resulted in 12 adult arrests with 26 charges being filed and 0 juvenile arrests with 0 charges being filed on the grants for the month of August 2004.

OLD BUSINESS

Vests –
Chief Frego stated the purchase of the vests for the officers through the grant is currently on hold. It was learned that the Second Chance Monarch vests, which the Department was going to purchase for the officers, are made with a material called “zylon.” This material is presently being studied as there were two (2) officers wearing zylon vests that were shot and killed. Apparently, the vests did not work as intended. The vests that the St. John officers are currently wearing are not made with zylon. To date, only one (1) new vest has been bought through the grant; that would be Officer S. Flores’ vest. Presently, the Department is looking for another vest that is competitive in price and which will do the job. The monies available through the grant are good until the Year 2007.
St. John the Evangelist Festival – Police Department Booth – Gunlocks –
Chief Frego advised that gunlocks were not distributed at the St. John the Evangelist Festival due to a request from the Festival Committee. The Committee construed the meaning of passing out gunlocks as indicating the Police Department was promoting gun ownership. Instead, the Police Department distributed about 1000 balloons, plus numerous badges and pamphlets. Chief Frego stated the Department intends to be present at next year’s festival. Commissioner Farris stated that the officers wearing the white shirts at the festival really looked sharp. Chief Frego stated that all Police Department employees who worked the festival did so strictly on a volunteer basis.

REPORTS

Budget –
Chief Frego stated the Police Department’s 2005 Budget has already been approved and adopted by the Town Council.
Physical Plant –
Chief Frego advised that a second meeting was held with the architect regarding a new facility. At that time, the architect was supplied with information as to each department’s needs (i.e., office space, community rooms, etc.). The architect will then be putting together a preliminary drawing based on these requirements. At this time, it is still unknown if the Police Department will remain in the current building during construction of the new facility.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Chief of Police – Certification –
Chief Frego stated he is still not certified. He advised he would be traveling to the Police Academy in Plainfield, Indiana on September 15, 2004, for an exam and interview. At that time, he will be provided with a schedule of exams that he must pass to become certified. There will be tests on Firearms, Indiana Traffic Law, and Criminal Law. After the test on Criminal Law, Chief Frego will be required to qualify on the range. Chief Frego stated he hopes to complete all necessary aspects for certification by the end of October 2004.
New Reserve Officer Update –
Chief Frego advised that Reserve Officer Anthony Konvalinka was sworn in on Thursday, September 9, 2004, as he is leaving for the Police Academy in Plainfield, Indiana. The other four (4) reserve officers will be sworn in at the Town Council Meeting scheduled for September 16, 2004. All new reserves have completed the classroom portion of their training, and a couple of them have been seen sitting in the Radio Room and observing the operations of Dispatch. After they have been sworn in, the reserves will begin riding with the FTO’s in their cars.

NEW BUSINESS

There were no items of new business brought before the commission at tonight’s meeting.

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego stated everything is going well.

ANY AND ALL

There were no matters of “Any and All” brought forward at tonight’s meeting.

PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no “Public Comments” made.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, October 11, 2004. There will be no Work Study Session held on October 11, 2004, so the Regular Public Meeting will begin at 7:00 P.M. Any and all other Executive Sessions will be advertised pursuant to law.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Hejl made a motion for adjournment. With a second by Commissioner Long, the meeting was adjourned.

Town of St. John, Lake County
Indiana, Board of Metropolitan
Police Commissioners

______________________________
Rose Hejl, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Kolodziej, Recording Secretary

10-11-2004 Police Commission

October 11, 2004 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The October 2004 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on October 11, 2004 at 7:00 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law. Commissioner Dodaro called the meeting to order and then led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was taken with the following members of the Police Commission being present; namely, William Dodaro, Rose Hejl, Robert Long and Ronald Vale. Also present was Police Chief Fred Frego. Representing the Town Council at tonight’s meeting was Jerri Teibel. Commissioner Donald Farris was not present at tonight’s meeting. No representation was requested for tonight’s meeting from the Law Firm of Austgen, Decker and Phillips, P.C.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

Commissioner Hejl made a motion to approve and accept the minutes from the September 13, 2004 Regular Meeting as written. With a second by Commissioner Long, the motion carried unanimously (4-0).

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

Chief Frego presented the Commission with correspondence he had received from Officer Philip W. Lewis, #16 Cedar Lake Police Department. In his correspondence, Officer Lewis is requesting that his name be removed from the Final Register of Police Officer Candidates created March 20, 2004, as he has been hired by the Cedar Lake Police Department. Officer Lewis was Number 6 on the St. John Police Department’s Final Register. Commissioner Dodaro advised that Officer Lewis’ name will remain on the list and should he be offered a position with the St. John Police Department at a later date, he may choose to decline said offer at that time.

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Chief Frego read the monthly report for September 2004. Chief Frego stated that from September 1, 2004 through September 30, 2004, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 18,847 duty miles and responded to 394 incidents. The investigation of these incidents resulted in 26 adult arrests with a total of 40 charges, and 2 juvenile arrests with a total of 4 charges. There were 172 traffic citations issued along with 52 written warnings and 2 parking violations. The grand total of citations issued during the month of September 2004 is 226 citations. Vehicle thefts totaled $0.00 during the month of September 2004. All other thefts totaled $4,185.00. Total value of recovered property was $756.00. Regarding grant activity, Chief Frego stated that the officers of the St. John Police Department, while working the OPO / DUI Taskforce Grants, issued 20 traffic citations and 84 written warnings for a total of 104 citations being issued on the grants during the month of September 2004. The investigation of these violations resulted in 6 adult arrests with 8 charges being filed and 0 juvenile arrests with 0 charges being filed on the grants for the month of September 2004.

OLD BUSINESS

Vests –
Chief Frego stated this matter is on hold.

REPORTS

Budget –
There was nothing new to report on this matter.
Physical Plant –
Chief Frego advised the Town Council will be officially announcing the building of a new facility, and discussion will be held involving bond issues. Preliminary meetings are still being conducted with the architect.

HUMAN RESOURCES

New Reserve Officer Update –
Chief Frego advised that the new Reserve Officers are in the FTO phase. They are riding with officers and talking on the radio. Of the five reserve officers hired, only three are in the FTO Phase. Reserve Officer Jerrod Martin is being sent to Iraq as a member of the Reserve Forces, and Officer Anthony Konvalinka is attending the Police Academy in Plainfield, Indiana.

NEW BUSINESS

Open House –
Chief Frego advised that the annual Open House was a huge success. In talking with Fire Chief F. Willman, it was learned that approximately 700 people were in attendance at this event. A lot of balloons were given away, along with police patch tattoos. Lake County was able to assist by arranging for their helicopter to make an appearance and also, there was a K-9 demonstration.
Gun Locks –
Chief Frego stated not many gun locks were disbursed at the Open House. Gun locks are now available to residents at the St. John Police Department.

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego advised that on October 27, 2004, he is going to be “arrested’ as part of a fund raising event for MS for Northwest Indiana.

Chief Frego stated he was in Plainfield, Indiana, approximately a month ago for the initial interview and test regarding his certification. Chief Frego stated he is going back to Plainfield on October 12, 2004 for more tests and to qualify on the range. There is one more session to attend in Plainfield and hopefully, by the end of October 2004, the certification process will be complete. Commissioner Dodaro advised this matter would be placed back on the agenda for the November meeting.

ANY AND ALL

There were no matters of “Any and All” brought forward at tonight’s meeting.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Mr. James Curran, of 8780 Patterson Avenue, suggested that the Commission consider the implementation of “Motorcycle Cop Program” similar to that of Schererville PD’s program. Commissioner Dodaro stated that this is something the Commission could consider for next year.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, November 8, 2004. There will be no Work Study Session held on November 8, 2004, so the Regular Public Meeting will begin at 7:00 P.M. Any and all other Executive Sessions will be advertised pursuant to law.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Hejl made a motion for adjournment. With a second by Commissioner Vale, the meeting was adjourned.

Town of St. John, Lake County
Indiana, Board of Metropolitan
Police Commissioners

______________________________
Rose Hejl, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Kolodziej, Recording Secretary

11-08-2004 Police Commission

November 8, 2004 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The November 2004 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on November 8, 2004 at 7:00 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law. Commissioner Dodaro called the meeting to order and then led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was taken with the following members of the Police Commission being present; namely, William Dodaro, Donald Farris, Rose Hejl, and Ronald Vale. Also present was Police Chief Fred Frego. Representing the Town Council at tonight’s meeting was Councilman Charles Pearson. Commissioner Robert Long was not present at tonight’s meeting. No representation was requested for tonight’s meeting from the Law Firm of Austgen, Decker and Phillips, P.C.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

Commissioner Hejl made a motion to approve and accept the minutes from the October 11, 2004 Regular Meeting as written. With a second by Commissioner Vale, the motion carried unanimously (4-0).

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

There were no items of “Correspondence / Communications” presented at tonight’s meeting.

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Chief Frego read the monthly report for October 2004. Chief Frego stated that from October 1, 2004 through October 31, 2004, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 20,251 duty miles and responded to 403 incidents. The investigation of these incidents resulted in 20 adult arrests with a total of 36 charges, and 2 juvenile arrests with a total of 2 charges. There were 203 traffic citations issued along with 79 written warnings and 6 parking violations. The grand total of citations issued during the month of October 2004 is 288 citations. Vehicle thefts totaled $0.00 during the month of October 2004. All other thefts totaled $1,457.00. Total value of recovered property was $315.00. Regarding grant activity, Chief Frego stated that the officers of the St. John Police Department, while working the OPO / DUI Taskforce Grants, issued 27 traffic citations and 77 written warnings for a total of 103 citations being issued on the grants during the month of October 2004. The investigation of these violations resulted in 10 adult arrests with 17 charges being filed and 0 juvenile arrests with 0 charges being filed on the grants for the month of October 2004.

Chief Frego advised that the Police Department conducted a roadblock on Friday, October 22, 2004 from 10:00 P.M. to 2:00 A.M. The location of this roadblock was southbound Wicker Avenue with the check area being located in the K-Mart parking lot. The officers had three (3) DUI arrests made, six (6) suspended drivers, one (1) never licensed driver and six (6) miscellaneous tickets. Approximately 640 cars were checked during this roadblock.

Chief Frego also advised that the Police Department, in conjunction with the State Motor Carrier Division, conducted an overweight truck enforcement detail in the vicinity of northbound U.S. 41, with the check area being located in the Alsip Home & Nursery parking lot. Corporal D. Poston and Officer S. Rudzinski assisted with this detail. Three or four trucks were found to be overweight, and there were a couple of unsafe equipment violators located. The Police Department will continue to conduct overweight truck enforcement on a regular basis. Currently, the State Police is the only law enforcement agency that can issue citations to overweight trucks on U.S. 41. The St. John Police Department can cite overweight trucks only on Town streets. Some discussion ensued. Commissioner Dodaro stated he felt the Police Department did an excellent job on these details.

OLD BUSINESS

Chief’s Certification –
Chief Frego advised he has another trip scheduled in one week to go back to Plainfield, Indiana, for the last phase of the certification process (criminal law orientation). On November 29, 2004, he will return to Plainfield for the criminal law test. CPR certification is scheduled for Saturday, November 20, 2004.

REPORTS

Budget –
There was nothing new to report on this matter.
Physical Plant –
Chief Frego stated he had a conversation with Town Manager Steven Kil, and he advised that the architect is finishing up the preliminary plans for a Public Safety Complex. Department heads will be able to review the preliminary plans and make any changes they deem necessary.

HUMAN RESOURCES

New Reserve Officer Update –
Chief Frego advised that the new Reserve Officers are riding with officers and talking on the radio. Chief Frego stated he received information today that Reserve Officer Jerrod Martin did not deploy to Iraq, and he will be re-entering the Reserve Officer Training Program. Some discussion ensued. Chief Frego stated he would be speaking with Officer Martin at a later date to determine if the reason he was considered un-deployable will prevent him from performing his duties as a Reserve Officer.
Offer Letters to Next Two (2) Police Officer Candidates on Final Register –
Commissioner Dodaro stated they have two (2) letters prepared for signature to be sent to the next two (2) Police Officer Candidates on the Final Register. Said letters are conditional offers of employment pending the approval of the Town Council at their meeting scheduled for November 18, 2004. The letters are addressed to Albert Amptmeyer and Nicholas Stamate.

NEW BUSINESS

There were no items of “New Business” brought before the Commission at tonight’s meeting.

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego advised he had no comments.

ANY AND ALL

Commissioner Farris questioned the status of the vest purchases for the officers. Chief Frego advised the grant for the purchase of the vests is good until 2007. However, due to the fact that the material (zylon) in the Second Chance vests is believed to be defective, this matter is currently on hold. Chief Frego stated there are law suits currently pending due to a couple of officers who were shot and killed while wearing these vests. For obvious reasons, the Department does not wish to purchase these vests. The matter is being researched further and when a decision is reached as to another vest to go with, the purchases will be made at that time.

Town Councilman Chuck Pearson asked Chief Frego if research could be conducted to find assistance, possibly a grant, which would enable the hiring of additional officers so that the Town could have more officers out on patrol. Councilman Pearson advised he observed one of his neighbors almost get whacked on Patterson by a car that ran a stop sign. Councilman Pearson stated he felt that the Town really needs more officers on the street. Mr. James Curran, who resides at 8780 Patterson, advised that starting at approximately 10:30 P.M., there is a lot of semi truck traffic running down Patterson Street, and it continues all night long. Some discussion ensued.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Town Councilwoman Jerri Teibel, who present in the audience, congratulated Chief Frego on the birth of his first grandchild, Charles Joseph Nichols.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, December 13, 2004. There will be no Work Study Session held on December 13, 2004, so the Regular Public Meeting will begin at 7:00 P.M. Any and all other Executive Sessions will be advertised pursuant to law.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Hejl made a motion for adjournment. With a second by Commissioner Farris, the meeting was adjourned.

Town of St. John, Lake County
Indiana, Board of Metropolitan
Police Commissioners

______________________________
Rose Hejl, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Kolodziej, Recording Secretary

12-13-2004 Police Commission

December 13, 2004 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The December 2004 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on December 13, 2004 at 7:00 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law. Commissioner Dodaro called the meeting to order and then led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was taken with the following members of the Police Commission being present; namely, William Dodaro, Donald Farris, Rose Hejl, Robert Long, and Ronald Vale. Also present was Police Chief Fred Frego. Representing the Town Council at tonight’s meeting was Councilman Charles Pearson. Representing the Law Firm of Austgen, Decker and Phillips, P.C. at tonight’s meeting was Attorney Timothy Kuiper.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

Commissioner Hejl made a motion to approve and accept the minutes from the November 8, 2004 Regular Meeting as written. With a second by Commissioner Farris, the motion carried unanimously (5-0).

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

Commissioner Dodaro advised he was in receipt of three (3) letters from individuals whom the Police Commission had extended contingent offers of employment as probationary patrolmen; namely, Nicholas Stamate, Michael Moffitt, and Albert Amptmeyer. Mr. Amptmeyer’s letter advised that due to a recent promotion to the position of Corporal with the Gary Police Department, along with an appointment to the SWAT Team, he has chosen to stay with the Gary Police Department. Mr. Amptmeyer advised he wished to be passed over at this time, but would like to be considered again at a later date should a probationary patrolman position come open again. Some discussion ensued. Commissioner Dodaro then read the acceptance letters from Mr. Stamate and Mr. Moffitt. Commissioner Long stated he recently met Mr. Moffitt in a restaurant. Mr. Moffitt came up to him, introduced himself, and appears to be very excited about the position. Commissioner Dodaro advised the Commission welcomes these two new officers, and stated they are looking forward to working with them. Chief Frego advised that both new officers’ PERF packets have been completed, and both officers passed their physical evaluations. Mr. Moffitt has passed his psychological evaluation, and Mr. Stamate had an appointment earlier today for his psychological evaluation. The background investigations on both officers are currently in progress. Chief Frego advised the two new officers will be sworn in on December 28, 2004, and their hire date will be January 1, 2005. Both officers will be attending the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield, Indiana, for 13 weeks starting January 31, 2005. Discussion was then held regarding the training academy.

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Chief Frego read the monthly report for November 2004. Chief Frego stated that from November 1, 2004 through November 30, 2004, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 20,096 duty miles and responded to 339 incidents. The investigation of these incidents resulted in 22 adult arrests with a total of 39 charges, and 3 juvenile arrests with a total of 5 charges. There were 137 traffic citations issued along with 54 written warnings and 4 parking violations. The grand total of citations issued during the month of November 2004 is 195 citations. Vehicle thefts totaled $10,000.00 during the month of November 2004. All other thefts totaled $13,168.00. Total value of recovered property was $11,212.00. Regarding grant activity, Chief Frego stated that the officers of the St. John Police Department, while working the OPO / DUI Taskforce Grants, issued 74 traffic citations and 147 written warnings for a total of 221 citations being issued on the grants during the month of November 2004. The investigation of these violations resulted in 10 adult arrests with 18 charges being filed and 0 juvenile arrests with 0 charges being filed on the grants for the month of November 2004.

OLD BUSINESS

Chief’s Certification –
Chief Frego advised he has completed his certification process, and he is just waiting to receive written verification.

REPORTS

Budget –
Chief Frego that the budget for the Year 2005 was passed by the Town Council at their last meeting. Nothing further on this matter at this time.
Physical Plant –
Chief Frego stated he was advised today by Town Manager Steve Kil that there would be a meeting with the architect on December 28, 2004, regarding a preliminary drawing. After reviewing the preliminary drawing, comments will be received regarding any changes or modifications that are deemed necessary.

HUMAN RESOURCES

New Reserve Officer Update –
Chief Frego advised that out of the five (5) new reserve officers, only two are left. Reserve Officers Jerrod Martin and Brenda Smith both resigned and have turned in all their equipment. Reserve Officer Anthony Konvalinka is still attending the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield, Indiana.
Consider Hiring Additional Reserve Officers –
Commissioner Dodaro stated that in the past, the Police Commission has handled the hiring of Reserve Officers (application process, interviews, etc.). Commissioner Dodaro stated he felt this was an unnecessary responsibility for the Police Commission, and he feels it is a professional opinion that the hiring of Reserve Officers should be handled in-house by the Police Department (application process, interviews, hiring process and training process, etc.). Further, Commissioner Dodaro stated he felt that the hiring of reserve officers did not fall under the guidelines and responsibilities of the Police Commission. Chief Frego was asked for his opinion, wherein he advised it was his past experience that the Police Department itself would handle the hiring of Reserve Officers through an in-house committee. Some discussion ensued regarding this topic, inclusive of whether Reserve Officers should be limited to St. John residents only, or Schererville / St. John / Dyer residents, or all residents of Lake County, Indiana. Much discussion ensued. Commissioner Long made a motion to turn over the hiring process of Reserve Officers to the Chief of Police and the Police Department. With a second by Commissioner Vale, the motion carried unanimously (5-0). Commissioner Farris then made a motion to authorize the Police Department to advertise for applicants for Reserve Officers to fill vacant positions in the Reserve Officer Program, with preference being given to residents of the Town of St. John. With a second by Commissioner Long, the motion carried unanimously (5-0).

NEW BUSINESS

There were no items of “New Business” brought before the Commission at tonight’s meeting.

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego stated he would like to commend the St. John Police officers for the diligence and alert actions taken by them on December 5, 2004, regarding an in-progress burglary on Olcott Avenue, in St. John. Officers stopped the suspect vehicle and apprehended two (2) suspects. Further, within approximately 20 minutes of the initial call, 7-8 more off-duty officers responded and assisted in this matter. Chief Frego stated he felt the quick response to the scene provides credit to the “take home car” policy that the Department has. Within 15-20 minutes, a perimeter was set up and Schererville and Lake County Police Departments provided K-9 assistance. Information was then developed which led ultimately to the arrest of four (4) adults, the recovery of four (4) stolen vehicles, the issuance of a couple of warrants, and the recover of approximately $10,000 of stolen property. Town Councilman Pearson added that he listened to this entire incident on his scanner, and he felt the dispatcher on duty (Cliff Wroe) did an absolutely terrific job. He stated the dispatcher handled all requests in a professional and timely manner, and he deserves accolades for a job well done. Chief Frego advised the officers involved received written commendations for their actions. In response to Commissioner Dodaro’s question, Chief Frego advised earlier in the month, the St. John Police Department was able to catch the suspect responsible for theft from a construction trailer, as well as the Department solved a “hit and run” incident.

Chief Frego advised the Justice Department is sponsoring a “Safe School Program” in Indianapolis, Indiana, on January 20-21, 2005. Chief Frego advised he would be attending this program, along with Mr. Rocky Killion, from the Lake Central School Corporation. This program is being provided free of charge by the Justice Department.

Chief Frego advised he applied for a grant through Wal-Mart regarding the “Shop With A Cop” Program. Chief Frego advised he received $750.00 through the grant, and they have identified approximately 10 children from St. John who will benefit from these monies. Chief Frego stated a letter was sent out to all department employees in hopes of receiving additional monies for this program. The officers will be shopping with the children on Saturday, December 18, 2004. Commissioner Vale commended Chief Frego for his efforts regarding this program.

Chief Frego advised he would be reading to children at Kolling Elementary School on Friday, December 17, 2004.

ANY AND ALL

The Commission extended Happy Holidays to everyone.

PUBLIC COMMENT

There was no “Public Comment” received.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, January 10, 2005. There will be no Work Study Session held on January 10, 2005, so the Regular Public Meeting will begin at 7:00 P.M. Any and all other Executive Sessions will be advertised pursuant to law.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Vale made a motion for adjournment. With a second by Commissioner Farris, the meeting was adjourned.

Town of St. John, Lake County
Indiana, Board of Metropolitan
Police Commissioners

______________________________
Rose Hejl, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Kolodziej, Recording Secretary

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