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Police Commission Meeting Minutes 2007

Meeting Minutes

01-08-2007 Police Commission

January 8, 2007 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The January 2007 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on January 8, 2007 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. Commissioner Robert Long and Town Council Liaison Chuck Pearson were not present. Tonight’s meeting did not require legal representation from the law firm of Austgen, Kuiper and Associates, PC.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

Commissioner Hejl made a motion to approve and accept the minutes from the December 11, 2006 Regular Meeting as written. With a second by Commissioner Farris, 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 December 2006. Chief Frego stated that from December 1, 2006 through December 31, 2006, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 18,407 miles and responded to 407 incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 21 adult arrests with 34 charges being filed and 3 juvenile arrests with 7 charges being filed. There were 106 traffic citations issued along with 56 written warnings for a total of 162 citations being issued during the month of December 2006 by the officers of the St. John Police Department. Also during the month of December, vehicle thefts totaled $0.00, and all other thefts totaled $15,428.00. The total value of recovered property was $400.00. Regarding grant activity, Chief Frego stated that the officers of the St. John Police Department, while working the OPO / BCC / OSS / DUI Taskforce Grants, issued 58 traffic citations and 179 written warnings for a total of 237 citations being issued on the grants during the month of December 2006. The investigation of these violations resulted in 14 adult arrests with 18 charges being filed and 0 juvenile arrests with 0 charges being filed on the grants for the month of December 2006.

OLD BUSINESS

There were no matters of “Old Business.”

REPORTS

Budget –
There was nothing new to report under this topic.
Physical Plant –
Chief Frego advised the construction of the new facility is on schedule. Drywall is being hung in the lower level, and the upstairs is waiting for concrete to be poured. Completion of the new building is expected to be in late May or early June 2007.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Police Officer Hiring Process Update – Chief Frego advised approval has been received from PERF for two (2) of the new hires, and he was currently awaiting approval on the third new hire. It is anticipated all three (3) new officers will be sworn in at the Town Council’s next regular meeting scheduled for January 18, 2007.

NEW BUSINESS

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

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego thanked the Commission for their cooperation in the Year 2006 and for all the time and effort the Commission extended in the hiring of the three (3) new officers. Chief Frego stated overall it was a good year.

ANY AND ALL

There were no items of “Any and All.”

PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no comments received from the public.

PRESENTATION OF PLAQUE

Recognizing & Honoring Corporal R. Conaway –
Commissioner Vale addressed those present at tonight’s meeting and continued with the following statement:

First of all, we want to welcome everyone to the Police Commission Meeting. It’s really nice to see everyone here. We, as a Commission, want everyone associated with the St. John Police Department, which includes officers, dispatchers, secretary, to know how very proud we are of all of you. We don’t often get the opportunity to tell you this, and sometimes it may seem that nobody cares, but quite the contrary – we do care about each and every one of you.

This evening also offers us the opportunity to show our gratitude and appreciation to an officer who has served this community with pride and professionalism over an extended period of time. As with any profession, there are mile stones that are reached in one’s career. The officer we are here to honor this evening has – indeed – reached a milestone in his career with 29 years of service before retiring. It gives us great pleasure to present this man with an achievement award – Corporal Rick Conaway.

The Commission then presented Corporal Conaway with a plaque acknowledging and recognizing his 29 years of dedicated service. At the close of the meeting, cake was served to all present. Commissioner Dodaro thanked everyone in attendance for taking time out of their busy schedules to be present tonight, and he thanked Commissioner Vale for his efforts in making tonight’s plaque presentation a reality.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, February 12, 2007. There will be a Work Study Session only if deemed necessary. The Regular Public Meeting will begin at 7:00 P.M. Any and all Executive Sessions will be advertised pursuant to law.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Farris 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

02-12-2007 Police Commission

February 12, 2007 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The February 2007 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on February 12, 2007 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, Robert Long, and Rose Hejl. Also present were Police Chief Fred Frego and Town Council President Michael Fryzel. Commissioner Ronald Vale and Town Council Liaison Chuck Pearson were not present. Tonight’s meeting did not require legal representation from the law firm of Austgen, Kuiper and Associates, PC.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

Commissioner Farris made a motion to approve and accept the minutes from the January 9, 2007 Regular Meeting as written. With a second by Commissioner Hejl, the motion carried unanimously (4-0).

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

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

ANNUAL TOW MEETING

Letters were sent to the Town’s five (5) tow providers on January 18, 2007, inviting them to attend the Annual Tow Meeting held between the tow providers and the Town of St. John Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners for the purpose to discuss any concerns, comments, complaints or exchanges of information that they may have. There was representation present tonight from the following tow providers: Kubiak’s Service, St. John Auto & Towing and Emerald Towing. The tow firms present advised they were satisfied with the way things were going and stated they had no comments or complaints. All three (3) tow firms thanked the Town for the business they have received.

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Chief Frego read the monthly report for January 2007. Chief Frego stated that from January 1, 2007 through January 31, 2007, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 17,803 miles and responded to 420 incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 30 adult arrests with 44 charges being filed and 3 juvenile arrests with 5 charges being filed. There were 193 traffic citations issued along with 150 written warnings for a total of 343 citations being issued during the month of January 2007 by the officers of the St. John Police Department. Also during the month of January, vehicle thefts totaled $30,000.00, and all other thefts totaled $24,195.00. The total value of recovered property was $30,180.00. Regarding grant activity, Chief Frego stated the officers of the St. John Police Department, while working the OPO / BCC / OSS / DUI Taskforce Grants, issued 13 traffic citations and 72 written warnings for a total of 85 citations being issued on the grants during the month of January 2007. The investigation of these violations resulted in 3 adult arrests with 4 charges being filed and 0 juvenile arrests with 0 charges being filed on the grants for the month of January 2007.

2006 YEAR END REPORT

Commissioner Dodaro stated the Commission is in receipt of the 2006 Year End Report. He suggested the commissioners review the report and if there are any questions, the commissioners could discuss them at next month’s regular meeting.

OLD BUSINESS

There were no matters of “Old Business.”

REPORTS

Budget –
There was nothing new to report under this topic.
Physical Plant –
Chief Frego advised the construction of the new facility is still on schedule. Completion of the new building is expected to be in late May or early June 2007.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Police Officer Hiring Process Update –
Commissioner Dodaro commented that the three (3) new police officers were sworn in on January 20, 2007 at the Town Council’s Regular Meeting. Chief Frego advised the three new officers have completed an abbreviated FTO Program, and all three (3) officers have been released for solo duty.

NEW BUSINESS

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

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego advised he had no comments to make at tonight’s meeting.

ANY AND ALL

There were no items of “Any and All.”

PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no comments received from the public.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, March 12, 2007. There will be a Work Study Session only if deemed necessary. The Regular Public Meeting will begin at 7:00 P.M. Any and all 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

03-12-2007 Police Commission

March 12, 2007 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The March 2007 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on March 12, 2007 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 were Police Chief Fred Frego and Town Council Liaison Chuck Pearson. Tonight's meeting did not require legal representation from the law firm of Austgen, Kuiper and Associates, PC.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

Commissioner Hejl made a motion to approve and accept the minutes from the February 12, 2007 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” presented at tonight’s meeting.

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Chief Frego read the monthly report for February 2007. Chief Frego stated that from February 1, 2007 through February 28, 2007, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 20,608 miles and responded to 406 incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 37 adult arrests with 52 charges being filed and 7 juvenile arrests with 10 charges being filed. There were 216 traffic citations issued along with 201 written warnings for a total of 417 citations being issued during the month of February 2007 by the officers of the St. John Police Department. Also during the month of February, vehicle thefts totaled $0.00, and all other thefts totaled $5,109.00. The total value of recovered property was $5,700.00. Regarding grant activity, Chief Frego stated the officers of the St. John Police Department, while working the OPO / BCC / OSS / DUI Taskforce Grants, issued 23 traffic citations and 60 written warnings for a total of 83 citations being issued on the grants during the month of February 2007. The investigation of these violations resulted in 3 adult arrests with 3 charges being filed and 2 juvenile arrests with 2 charges being filed on the grants for the month of February 2007.

OLD BUSINESS

2006 Year-End Report -
Commissioner Dodaro stated that at last month's meeting, the Commission received Chief Frego's 2006 Year-End Report for their review. The Commission reviewed the report and complimented Chief Frego on the report, stating the report was very nicely done.

OLD BUSINESS

There were no matters of “Old Business.”

REPORTS

Budget –
There was nothing new to report under this topic.
Physical Plant –
Chief Frego advised the downstairs of the new facility is almost done. The raised floor in the Radio Room is currently being installed, and the new radio console should be arriving mid-April. The upstairs is currently being painted, and it is anticipated the building should be ready by the end of May.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Police Officer Hiring Process Update –
Chief Frego advised the three (3) new officers are doing well. Two of the new officers will be reporting to the Academy on March 20th, 2007 for their physical fitness tests. They will then begin attending the Academy in mid-April.

NEW BUSINESS

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

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego advised he had no comments to make at tonight's meeting.

ANY AND ALL

There were no items of “Any and All.”

PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no comments received from the public.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, April 9, 2007. There will be a Work Study Session only if deemed necessary. The Regular Public Meeting will begin at 7:00 P.M. Any and all 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

04-23-2007 Police Commission

April 23, 2007 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The April 2007 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on April 23, 2007 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 were Police Chief Fred Frego and Town Council Liaison Chuck Pearson. Commissioner Robert Long was not present. Tonight’s meeting did not require legal representation from the law firm of Austgen, Kuiper and Associates, PC.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

Commissioner Vale made a motion to approve and accept the minutes from the March 12, 2007 Regular Meeting as written. With a second by Commissioner Hejl, the motion carried unanimously (5-0).

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 March 2007. Chief Frego stated that from March 1, 2007 through March 31, 2007, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 23,250 miles and responded to 472 incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 42 adult arrests with 65 charges being filed and 5 juvenile arrests with 5 charges being filed. There were 256 traffic citations issued along with 273 written warnings for a total of 529 citations being issued during the month of March 2007 by the officers of the St. John Police Department. Also during the month of March, vehicle thefts totaled $13,100.00, and all other thefts totaled $5,075.00. The total value of recovered property was $49.00. Regarding grant activity, Chief Frego stated the officers of the St. John Police Department, while working the OPO / BCC / OSS / DUI Taskforce Grants, issued 24 traffic citations and 80 written warnings for a total of 104 citations being issued on the grants during the month of March 2007. 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 March 2007.

OLD BUSINESS

There were no matters of “Old Business.”

REPORTS

Budget –
There was nothing new to report under this topic.
Physical Plant –
Chief Frego advised the wall paper is up and the painting is done. The new radio console is being installed. It is anticipated that the move into the new facility will be at the end of May 2007.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Police Officer Hiring Process Update –
Chief Frego advised one of the two new officers hired who needed to attend the Academy is, in fact, attending. However, the other officer failed the physical agility entrance exam and was not able to continue at the Academy at this time. This officer will be re-tested in June. If he fails this test, he will no longer be eligible to attend the Academy. Some discussion ensued.

NEW BUSINESS

New General Order 1.02A – Vehicle Crash Review Board (VCRB) and Revised Table of Contents -
Chief Frego presented a new general order along with a revised Table of Contents, which incorporates the new general order, for review by the Commission. After some discussion, Commissioner Vale made a motion to accept the revised Table of Contents and the new General Order 1.02A – Vehicle Crash Review Board as written. With a second by Commissioner Farris, the motion carried unanimously.

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego advised the Commission he would like to hire additional Reserve Officers. He stated he has gone through the list of the Final Register of Police Officer Candidates posted on November 29, 2006, and it was learned that the majority of those queried are currently working for other departments who will not allow them to participate in a reserve program. Some discussion ensued.

ANY AND ALL

There were no items of “Any and All.”

PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no comments received from the public.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, May 14, 2007. There will be a Work Study Session only if deemed necessary. The Regular Public Meeting will begin at 7:00 P.M. Any and all 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

05-14-2007 Police Commission

May 14, 2007 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The May 2007 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on May 14, 2007 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 was Police Chief Fred Frego. Town Council Liaison Chuck Pearson and Commissioners Robert Long and Ronald Vale were not present. Tonight’s meeting did not require legal representation from the law firm of Austgen, Kuiper and Associates, PC.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

Commissioner Vale made a motion to approve and accept the minutes from the April 23, 2007 Regular Meeting as written. With a second by Commissioner Hejl, 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 April 2007. Chief Frego stated that from April 1, 2007 through April 30, 2007, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 23,583 miles and responded to 497 incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 39 adult arrests with 58 charges being filed and 8 juvenile arrests with 11 charges being filed. There were 346 traffic citations issued along with 136 written warnings for a total of 482 citations being issued during the month of April 2007 by the officers of the St. John Police Department. Also during the month of April, vehicle thefts totaled $7,200.00, and all other thefts totaled $44,479.00. The total value of recovered property was $6,400.00. Regarding grant activity, Chief Frego stated the officers of the St. John Police Department, while working the OPO / BCC / OSS / DUI Taskforce Grants, issued 58 traffic citations and 188 written warnings for a total of 246 citations being issued on the grants during the month of April 2007. The investigation of these violations resulted in 11 adult arrests with 18 charges being filed and 1 juvenile arrest with 1 charge being filed on the grants for the month of April 2007.

OLD BUSINESS

There were no matters of “Old Business.”

REPORTS

Budget –
There was nothing new to report under this topic.
Physical Plant –
Chief Frego advised the new facility is almost done. The contractors are finishing up the site work in preparation for the blacktop ad sidewalks. Technology work is being completed on the inside.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Police Officer Hiring Process Update –
Chief Frego advised Officer Shane Adams will take his physical agility re-test on June 26, 2007. Physical agility testing of Officer Adams will begin at the station on June 1, 2007. Officer David Oszust is scheduled to graduate from the Academy on July 11, 2007.

NEW BUSINESS

New General Order 119.19 –
Identity Theft and Revised Table of Contents Page iii - Chief Frego presented a new general order along with a revised Table of Contents, which incorporates the new general order, for review by the Commission. After some discussion, Commissioner Hejl made a motion to accept the revised Table of Contents Page iii and the new General Order 19.19 – Identity Theft as written. With a second by Commissioner Farris, the motion carried unanimously (3-0).

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego advised the Commission that Officer Seven Flores, who is a member of Lake County’s Pipes & Drums, is currently in Washington, D.C. with that organization honoring fallen officers. Lake County Sheriff’s Department, Munster Police Department and Schererville Police Department were also hosting memorial celebrations for fallen officers within the next week. In conjunction with Law Enforcement Memorial week, Lake County was hosting a contest for the best looking squad car on May 19, 2007. Officer M. Moffitt’s squad (#17), a Dodge Charger, was being entered into this contest.

Chief Frego advised the Commission he would be on vacation and out of the office from May 19 thru May 28, 2007.

ANY AND ALL

There were no items of “Any and All.”

PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no comments received from the public.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, June 11, 2007. There will be a Work Study Session only if deemed necessary. The Regular Public Meeting will begin at 7:00 P.M. Any and all 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

06-11-2007 Police Commission

June 11, 2007 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The June 2007 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on June 11, 2007 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, Robert Long and Ronald Vale. Also present were Police Chief Fred Frego and Town Council Liaison Chuck Pearson. Commissioners Donald Farris and Rose Hejl were not present. Tonight’s meeting did not require legal representation from the law firm of Austgen, Kuiper and Associates, PC.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

Commissioner Vale made a motion to approve and accept the minutes from the May 14, 2007 Regular Meeting as written. With a second by Commissioner Long, the motion carried unanimously (3-0).

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 May 2007. Chief Frego stated that from May 1, 2007 through May 31, 2007, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 22,748 miles and responded to 482 incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 32 adult arrests with 44 charges being filed and 13 juvenile arrests with 15 charges being filed. There were 362 traffic citations issued along with 134 written warnings for a total of 492 citations being issued during the month of May 2007 by the officers of the St. John Police Department. Also during the month of April, vehicle thefts totaled $0.00, and all other thefts totaled $2,751.00. The total value of recovered property was $790.00. Regarding grant activity, Chief Frego stated the officers of the St. John Police Department, while working the OPO / BCC / OSS / DUI Taskforce Grants, issued 57 traffic citations and 149 written warnings for a total of 206 citations being issued on the grants during the month of May 2007. The investigation of these violations resulted in 6 adult arrests with 10 charges being filed and 0 juvenile arrests with 0 charges being filed on the grants for the month of May 2007.

OLD BUSINESS

There were no matters of “Old Business.”

REPORTS

Budget –
There was nothing new to report under this topic.
Physical Plant –
Chief Frego advised the new facility will be operational on June 14, 2007. Dispatch and Booking will be moved in first, with the remainder of the department following shortly thereafter. The new public safety facility’s “open house” will be held in October at the Annual Police and Fire Open House.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Police Officer Hiring Process Update –
Chief Frego advised Officer David Oszust will graduate from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield, Indiana on Thursday, July 5, 2007. Officer Shane Adams will take his second physical agility evaluation on June 26, 2007. Officer Luke Schreiber is on the street and doing very well.

NEW BUSINESS

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

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego had no comments this evening.

ANY AND ALL

There were no items of “Any and All.”

PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no comments received from the public.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, July 9, 2007. There will be a Work Study Session only if deemed necessary. The Regular Public Meeting will begin at 7:00 P.M. Any and all 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

07-09-2007 Police Commission

July 9, 2007 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The July 2007 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on July 9, 2007 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 Chuck Pearson. Commissioners Robert Long and Ronald Vale were not present. Tonight’s meeting did not require legal representation from the law firm of Austgen, Kuiper and Associates, PC.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

June 11, 2007 Regular Meeting - Commissioner Farris noted that a correction was needed on Page 2 under the topic “Meeting Schedule.” The minutes should read, “The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, July 9, 2007.” Commissioner Farris made a motion to approve and accept the minutes from the June 11, 2007 Regular Meeting, inclusive of the correction previously noted. With a second by Commissioner Hejl, the motion carried unanimously (3-0).

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 June 2007. Chief Frego stated that from June 1, 2007 through June 30, 2007, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 21,656 miles and responded to 550 incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 32 adult arrests with 49 charges being filed and 5 juvenile arrests with 6 charges being filed. There were 236 traffic citations issued along with 73 written warnings for a total of 309 citations being issued during the month of June 2007 by the officers of the St. John Police Department. Also during the month of June, vehicle thefts totaled $47,700.00, and all other thefts totaled $12,078.00. The total value of recovered property was $49,990.00. Regarding grant activity, Chief Frego stated the officers of the St. John Police Department, while working the OPO / BCC / OSS / DUI Taskforce Grants, issued 64 traffic citations and 75 written warnings for a total of 139 citations being issued on the grants during the month of June 2007. The investigation of these violations resulted in 13 adult arrests with 18 charges being filed and 0 juvenile arrests with 0 charges being filed on the grants for the month of June 2007.

OLD BUSINESS

There were no matters of “Old Business.”

REPORTS

Budget –
There was nothing new to report under this topic.
Physical Plant –
Chief Frego advised the Police Department moved into the new facility approximately three (3) weeks ago. Currently, there are just a few little idiosyncrasies discovered in the new station, which are currently being worked on.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Police Officer Hiring Process Update –
Chief Frego advised Officer David Oszust graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield, Indiana on Thursday, July 5, 2007. Officer Shane Adams is scheduled to take his third physical agility evaluation on August 6, 2007, which will be his final attempt at passing the physical agility evaluation

NEW BUSINESS

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

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego had no comments this evening.

ANY AND ALL

Commissioner Farris stated he had an opportunity to speak with one of the new officers over the weekend; namely, Officer David Oszust. He congratulated Officer Oszust on his graduation from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. He stated Officer Oszust is very happy to be a part of the St. John Police Department. Chief Frego stated Officer Oszust is a good officer who really enjoys the job, and he believes he will do well.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Adrian Bugario, of 11747 W. 90th Avenue, St. John, Indiana, inquired as to whether the Police Commission was in receipt of correspondence from him requesting the firing of certain members of the St. John Police Department. Mr. Bugario stated he believed the letter was sent possibly in April of 2007, as well as on November 12 (year unknown). Mr. Bugario also commented that he put on top of the correspondence a notice for a law suit he was filing against the Town of St. John. Commissioner Dodaro advised Mr. Bugario that he did not follow the proper procedure to file a complaint against an officer or member(s) of the St. John Police Department. Commissioner Dodaro advised that those type of complaints need to be filed at the Police Department. Mr. Bugario advised he has gone to the Police Department five (5) times to obtain the necessary forms and on the last time, Lieutenant Richard Kouder gave him an ultimatum requesting that he vacate the premises. Mr. Bugario went on to cite numerous incidents that have occurred over the past 30 years.

Commissioner Dodaro asked Mr. Bugario if he currently has a lawsuit filed against the Town of St. John, and Mr. Bugario stated yes. Further, Mr. Bugario was asked if there are any court proceedings, either civil or criminal, against him with the Town, and again Mr. Bugario advised yes, there are, and they are based on actions by members of the St. John Town Council. Commissioner Dodaro advised those matters need to be resolved before the Commission can discuss these matters with him. Mr. Bugario continued to bring up matters from the past, and he was repeatedly reminded that the Commission could not discuss any of these situations with him due to the pending lawsuit(s). Some discussion continued with Mr. Bugario. Chief Frego stated for the record the last time Mr. Bugario came to the St. John Police Station for the complaint forms (approximately 3-4 weeks ago); he was given the forms that he requested. Chief Frego stated he has not had contact since that date with Mr. Bugario. Commissioner Dodaro advised Mr. Bugario since he has received the necessary forms, he needs to complete them and file them with the Police Department. Anything else cannot be discussed with Mr. Bugario until the law suits are complete. More discussion ensued. Mr. Bugario was repeatedly told this was not the proper forum to address the matters he was bringing before the Commission tonight.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, August 13, 2007. There will be a Work Study Session only if deemed necessary. The Regular Public Meeting will begin at 7:00 P.M. Any and all 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

08-13-2007 Police Commission

August 13, 2007 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The August 2007 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on August 13, 2007 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 were Police Chief Fred Frego, Town Council Liaison Chuck Pearson, and Attorney David Austgen. Commissioner Robert Long was not present.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

July 9, 2007 Regular Meeting - Commissioner Hejl made a motion to approve the minutes as written from the July 9, 2007 meeting. With a second by Commissioner Farris, the motion carried unanimously (3-0).

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 July 2007. Chief Frego stated that from July 1, 2007 through July 31, 2007, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 22,842 miles and responded to 588 incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 31 adult arrests with 45 charges being filed and 12 juvenile arrests with 12 charges being filed. There were 302 traffic citations issued along with 155 written warnings for a total of 457 citations being issued during the month of July 2007 by the officers of the St. John Police Department. Also during the month of July, vehicle thefts totaled $15,995.00, and all other thefts totaled $3,587.00. The total value of recovered property was $12,000.00. Regarding grant activity, Chief Frego stated the officers of the St. John Police Department, while working the OPO / BCC / OSS / DUI Taskforce Grants, issued 40 traffic citations and 160 written warnings for a total of 200 citations being issued on the grants during the month of July 2007. The investigation of these violations resulted in 5 adult arrests with 8 charges being filed and 0 juvenile arrests with 0 charges being filed on the grants for the month of July 2007.

OLD BUSINESS

There were no matters of “Old Business.”

REPORTS

Budget –
There was nothing new to report under this topic.
Physical Plant –
Chief Frego advised the new station is good and is up and running. There still is some fine-tuning going on, but things are good overall.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Chief Frego advised Officer Shane Adams took his physical agility assessment test last week and passed. Officer Adams is currently attending the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Training Academy in Gary, Indiana.

NEW BUSINESS

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

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego had no comments this evening.

ANY AND ALL

Commissioner Dodaro stated that at last month’s meeting, resident Adrian Bugariu was present and had made some comments. Mr. Bugariu was also requesting Officer Complaint Forms, which he had been given prior to last month’s meeting. Since that meeting, which was held on July 9, 2007, Chief Frego states Mr. Bugariu has not made any further contact with the Police Department. Commissioner Dodaro asked that this information be documented in tonight’s meeting minutes.

PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no comments received from the public.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, September 10, 2007. There will be a Work Study Session only if deemed necessary. The Regular Public Meeting will begin at 7:00 P.M. Any and all Executive Sessions will be advertised pursuant to law.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Farris 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

09-10-2007 Police Commission

September 10, 2007 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

NOTE: Due to the tape recording of this meeting being inaudible, these minutes were transcribed from notes and memory.

The September 2007 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on September 10, 2007 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 Robert Long. Also present were Police Chief Fred Frego, Town Council Liaison Chuck Pearson, and Attorney David Austgen. Commissioner Ronald Vale was not present.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

August 13, 2007 Regular Meeting - Commissioner Hejl made a motion to approve the minutes as written from the August 13, 2007 meeting. With a second by Commissioner Farris, the motion carried unanimously (4-0).

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

Commissioner Dodaro read correspondence addressed to the Commission dated September 10, 2007 from Chief Fred Frego. Said correspondence was reference “Corporal’s Promotion,” which advised of the vacancy in the Corporal’s rank due to the retirement of Corporal Richard Conaway. Further, in his correspondence, Chief Frego stated it was his request that the next name on the Corporal Eligibility List, that being James Turturillo, be promoted and placed in that position. He felt this promotion would substantially enhance supervision in the Patrol Division and strengthen the Department’s commitment to professionalism and leadership. Commissioner Hejl made a motion to approve Chief Frego’s request to promote Officer James Turturillo to the rank of Corporal. With a second by Commissioner Long, the motion carried (4-0). At this point, the meeting was momentarily suspended and Officer James Turturillo, who was in the audience, was promoted to the position of Corporal.

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Chief Frego read the monthly report for August 2007. Chief Frego stated that from August 1, 2007 through August 31, 2007, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 23,185 miles and responded to 544 incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 31 adult arrests with 45 charges being filed and 2 juvenile arrests with 2 charges being filed. There were 243 traffic citations issued along with 103 written warnings for a total of 346 citations being issued during the month of August 2007 by the officers of the St. John Police Department. Also during the month of August, vehicle thefts totaled $7,000.00, and all other thefts totaled $3,065.00. The total value of recovered property was $3,000.00. Regarding grant activity, Chief Frego stated the officers of the St. John Police Department, while working the OPO / BCC / OSS / DUI Taskforce Grants, issued 84 traffic citations and 212 written warnings for a total of 296 citations being issued on the grants during the month of August 2007. The investigation of these violations resulted in 8 adult arrests with 12 charges being filed and 1 juvenile arrest with 1 charge being filed on the grants for the month of August 2007.

OLD BUSINESS

There were no matters of “Old Business.”

REPORTS

Budget –
There was nothing new to report under this topic.
Physical Plant –
Chief Frego advised the new station is good and is up and running. There still is some fine-tuning going on, but things are good overall.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Corporals’ Eligibility List –
This matter was addressed under “Correspondence – Communications.”

NEW BUSINESS

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

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego thanked the Commission for their approval of his recommendation to promote Officer James Turturillo to the position of Corporal.

ANY AND ALL

Chief Frego advised the Police and Fire Departments’ Annual Open House will be held on Sunday, October 7, 2007 from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. At 2:00 P.M., all activities will be suspended for a Dedication Ceremony of the new facility.

PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no comments received from the public.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, October 8, 2007. There will be a Work Study Session only if deemed necessary. The Regular Public Meeting will begin at 7:00 P.M. Any and all 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

10-08-2007 Police Commission

October 8, 2007 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The October 2007 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on October 8, 2007 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 were Police Chief Fred Frego, and Attorney Tim Kuiper. Commissioner Robert Long and Town Council Liaison Charles Pearson were not present.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

September 10, 2007 Regular Meeting - Commissioner Hejl made a motion to approve the minutes as written from the September 10, 2007 meeting. With a second by Commissioner Vale, the motion carried unanimously (4-0).

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

Commissioner Dodaro advised the Commission received a thank you card from Commissioner Robert Long’s family.

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Chief Frego read the monthly report for September 2007. Chief Frego stated that from September 1, 2007 through September 30, 2007, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 23,945 miles and responded to 478 incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 34 adult arrests with 48 charges being filed and 2 juvenile arrests with 2 charges being filed. There were 301 traffic citations issued along with 105 written warnings for a total of 406 citations being issued during the month of September 2007 by the officers of the St. John Police Department. Also during the month of September, vehicle thefts totaled $0.00, and all other thefts totaled $9,642.00. The total value of recovered property was $19,107.00. Regarding grant activity, Chief Frego stated the officers of the St. John Police Department, while working the OPO / BCC / OSS / DUI Taskforce Grants, issued 180 traffic citations and 38 written warnings for a total of 218 citations being issued on the grants during the month of September 2007. The investigation of these violations resulted in 7 adult arrests with 11 charges being filed and 1 juvenile arrest with 2 charges being filed on the grants for the month of September 2007.

OLD BUSINESS

There were no matters of “Old Business.”

REPORTS

Budget –
There was nothing new to report under this topic.
Physical Plant –
Chief Frego stated the new Public Safety Facility’s Open House, held on Sunday, October 7, 2007, was very successful. Chief Frego commented that this year’s Open House had the highest attendance ever, as he estimated over 1000 people went through the Open House. Tours of the facility were very popular. The Dedication Ceremony was at 2:00 P.M. and was very nicely done. The Fire Department did a good job, as well as all the police officers. Chief Frego stated he was very happy and proud of the entire event.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Reserve Officer Applicants –
Chief Frego stated the Department will be conducting the physical agility testing for the new Reserve Officer applicants on Saturday, October 27, 2008. Chief Frego stated there are some applicants that are currently on the Police Officer Eligibility List, as well as several new applications have been received. In all, there are approximately 15 applicants. Chief Frego advised it is the Department’s intent to add four (4) additional Reserve Officers to the Department. Details of the locations for the physical agility test and the written test should be available later this week. Commissioner Farris, speaking on behalf of the Commission, stated the Commission would like to be advised of this information so that members of the Commission could be present at the testing.

NEW BUSINESS

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

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego had no additional comments to make at this time.

ANY AND ALL

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

PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no comments received from the public.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, November 12, 2007. There will be a Work Study Session only if deemed necessary. The Regular Public Meeting will begin at 7:00 P.M. Any and all 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

11-12-2007 Police Commission Meeting Canceled
12-10-2007 Police Commission

December 10, 2007 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The December 2007 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on December 10, 2007 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 Town Council Liaison Charles Pearson. Captain Bernard J. Johnsen was in attendance this evening representing Chief Fred Frego who could not be in attendance.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

September 10, 2007 Regular Meeting - Commissioner Farris made a motion to approve the minutes as written from the October 8, 2007 meeting. With a second by Commissioner Long, the motion carried unanimously (5-0).

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

There were no items of Correspondence and/or Communications brought before the Commission at tonight’s meeting.

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Captain Johnsen read the monthly report for November 2007. Captain Johnsen stated that from November 1, 2007 through November 30, 2007, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 23,040 miles and responded to 450 incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 23 adult arrests with 34 charges being filed and 1 juvenile arrest with 1 charge being filed. There were 228 traffic citations issued along with 109 written warnings for a total of 337 citations being issued during the month of November 2007 by the officers of the St. John Police Department. Also during the month of November, vehicle thefts totaled $0.00, and all other thefts totaled $1,690.00. The total value of recovered property was $0.00. Regarding grant activity, Chief Frego stated the officers of the St. John Police Department, while working the OPO / BCC / OSS / DUI Taskforce Grants, issued 118 traffic citations and 51 written warnings for a total of 169 citations being issued on the grants during the month of November 2007. The investigation of these violations resulted in 7 adult arrests with 13 charges being filed and 0 juvenile arrests with 0 charges being filed on the grants for the month of November 2007.

OLD BUSINESS

There were no matters of “Old Business.”

REPORTS

Budget –
There was nothing new to report under this topic.
Physical Plant –
Captain Johnsen advised that all is well with the new station.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Reserve Officer Applicants –
Captain Johnsen advised the interviews of the Reserve Officer applicants have been completed. The interviews were conducted by Chief Fred Frego, Captain Bernard Johnsen, Corporal David Demeter and Reserve Officer Joseph O’Leary. A list has been compiled, and letters have been sent out to the applicants. Captain Johnsen advised that at this time, four (4) new Reserve Officers are expected to be added; two of whom are females.

NEW BUSINESS

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

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Captain Johnsen advised he was just glad to be in attendance at tonight’s meeting.

ANY AND ALL

Commissioner Hejl reminded the Commission that next month letters would be going out to all the tow firms regarding the Annual Tow Meeting. Also the Police Department’s Annual Christmas Luncheon is scheduled for 12:30 P.M. on Friday, December 21, 2007, at the new station. Everyone is cordially invited.

Commissioner Dodaro advised tonight’s meeting is Councilman Chuck Pearson’s last official presence at a Police Commission Meeting as Town Council Liaison. Commissioner Dodaro stated the last four (4) years have been a wonderful experience having Mr. Pearson as the liaison. Mr. Pearson stated it was an interesting and pleasurable experience.

PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no comments received from the public.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, January 14, 2008. There will be a Work Study Session only if deemed necessary. The Regular Public Meeting will begin at 7:00 P.M. Any and all Executive Sessions will be advertised pursuant to law.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Farris 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

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