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Police Commission Meeting Minutes 2010

Meeting Minutes

01-11-2010 Police Commission

January 11, 2010 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The January 2010 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on January 11, 2010 at 7:00 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law. Commissioner Dodaro called the meeting to order promptly at 7:00 P.M. 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 Chief Fred Frego and Town Council Member Jerri Teibel. Commissioners Donald Farris and Robert Long were not present. No legal representation was present at the meeting.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

December 14, 2009 Regular Meeting - Commissioner Hejl made a motion to approve the minutes as written from the December 14, 2009 Regular Meeting. With a second by Commissioner Vale, the motion carried unanimously (3-0).

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

Commissioner Hejl read a letter addressed to the St. John Police Commission from Police Officer Applicant Juan J. Moreno. Said letter thanked the Commission for the opportunity of being interviewed on December 5, 2009 for the position of Patrol Officer and reiterated Mr. Moreno’s desire to become a St. John Police Officer.

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Chief Frego read the monthly report for December 2009. Chief Frego stated that from December 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 17,095 miles and responded to 473 incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 12 adult arrests with 18 charges being filed, and 4 juvenile arrests with 4 charges being filed. There were 84 traffic citations issued along with 52 written warnings for a total of 136 citations being issued during the month of December 2009 by the officers of the St. John Police Department. Also during the month of December, vehicle thefts totaled $25,000.00, and all other thefts totaled $190.00. The total value of recovered property was $25,000.00. Regarding grant activity, the officers of the St. John Police Department, while working the OPO / BCC / OSS / DUI Taskforce Grants, issued 8 traffic citations and 5 written warnings for a total of 13 citations being issued on the grants during the month of December 2009. 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 December, 2009.

OLD BUSINESS

There were no items of “Old Business” for tonight’s meeting.

REPORTS

Budget –
Chief Frego advised there was nothing new to report.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Police Officer Eligibility List –
Commissioner Dodaro stated the Commission has completed the three (3) steps for completing the Police Officer’s Eligibility List. He anticipated they should finalize this task sometime within the next few weeks, at which time the Eligibility List will then be posted.

NEW BUSINESS

Revised St. John Police Department Organization Chart –
Commissioner Dodaro stated the Commission had before them a revised St. John Police Department Organization Chart. Chief Frego advised in light of the recent restructuring of the Police Department, the Organization Chart has been revised to reflect those changes and is now being presented to the Commission for their approval. Commissioner Hejl made a motion to approve the revised St. John Police Department Organization Chart presented before them tonight. With a second by Commissioner Vale, the motion carried unanimously (3-0). Commissioner Dodaro noted that there were only two (2) changes on this Organization Chart; namely, Frank Chapranda was reassigned to the position of Assistant Chief of Police, and Sergeant Michael Fryzel was reassigned to the Patrol Division to beef up the supervision in the Patrol Division. In response to Commissioner Dodaro, Chief Frego acknowledged these were the only two (2) changes made to the Organization Chart.

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego stated the End of the Year Report will hopefully be completed by the February 2010 Meeting. Chief Frego commented he was looking forward to another good year in 2010 as he felt the Police Department had a good year in 2009. Chief Frego stated that although it was a very austere year financially, he feels the officers of the St. John Police Department acted in a very professional manner; they understand the situation that not only the St. John Police Department is in, but the entire economy is in. Other police departments are suffering personnel cuts and are being forced to take furlough days and pay cuts. The St. John Police Department is operating status quo. The officers understand this and are very happy with the situation; and hopefully, things will get better and we will be able to move forward in 2010.

ANY AND ALL

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

PUBLIC COMMENT

Mr. Adrian Bugariu, of 11747 W. 90th Avenue, St. John, stated he wanted to know “How much time for Attempted Murder, and how much time for Perjury?” Commissioner Dodaro advised that it would be up to the judge to determine as there is no set law on the matter. Mr. Bugariu asked the Commission to advise “approximately” how much time. Chief Frego stated probably 16 years for Attempted Murder, but it would depend on the circumstances surrounding the charge and what the Judge would ultimately decide. In response to Mr. Bugariu’s next question regarding what it is based upon, Chief Frego responded, “The facts of the case. The evidence.” Again, Mr. Bugariu asked “How much time for Perjury for a crime that somebody did not commit?” Chief Frego stated he did not understand the question. Mr. Bugariu stated “when somebody accuses somebody of a crime that the person did not commit.” Chief Frego stated that would be “False Reporting,” which is a Misdemeanor. Chief Frego advised that False Reporting and Perjury are two different things. Some discussion ensued wherein Chief Frego advised Mr. Bugariu that if he wanted the specific answers to his questions, he should contact the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office. Commissioner Dodaro also stated the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office would be the proper venue to ask these questions to. Further, Commissioner Dodaro stated “perjury” is something that happens in Court. Filing a false police report is different than perjury. It is when you lie in Court while being under oath. More discussion ensued explaining the difference between a false report and perjury ending with Mr. Bugariu being advised to contact the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office for the answers to his questions.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, February 8, 2010. The Regular Public Meeting will begin at 7:00 P.M. There will be a Work Study Session only if deemed necessary. Any and all Executive Sessions will be advertised pursuant to law. Next month’s meeting will include the Annual Tow Meeting.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Hejl made a motion for adjournment. With a second by Commissioner Vale, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:10 P.M.

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

______________________________
Rose Hejl, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Gorcos, Recording Secretary

02-08-2010 Police Commission

February 8, 2010 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The February 2010 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on February 8, 2010 at 7:00 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law. Commissioner Dodaro called the meeting to order promptly at 7:01 P.M. 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 Robert Long. Also present were Chief Fred Frego and Town Council Member Jerri Teibel. Commissioners Donald Farris and Ronald Vale were not present. No legal representation was present at the meeting.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

January 11, 2010 Regular Meeting - Commissioner Hejl made a motion to approve the minutes as written from the January 11, 2010 Regular Meeting. With a second by Commissioner Long, the motion carried unanimously (3-0).

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Election of Officers – Commissioner Long made a motion to keep the officers of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John the same as in the Year 2009; namely, William Dodaro – President; Ronald Vale – Vice President; and Rose Hejl – Secretary. With a second by Commissioner Hejl, the motion carried unanimously (3-0).

ANNUAL TOW MEETING

Annual Tow Meeting – The following tow firm representatives were present for the Annual Tow Meeting:

Mr. Tim Rosinko of St. John Auto;
Mr. Joe Kubiak of Kubiak’s Towing; and
Mr. Dan Lukasik of Stan’s Towing.

All representatives agreed everything was going fine, and they had no complaints. Commissioner Dodaro commented that the number of tows were down in Year 2009 compared to the previous year. Chief Frego stated it was brought to his attention by Corporal Jay Dahlin, who is present at tonight’s meeting, the response time for tows, especially during the middle of the night, had on occasion been lengthy. Chief Frego stated he did not think it was a serious problem but asked the tow firm representatives if they felt they could respond within 15-20 minutes, even when responding during the middle of the night from home. Mr. Rosinsko stated a 15-20 minute response time during the night would be a little bit difficult, especially when the diesel trucks needed time to warm up.

Commissioner Long asked if the Commission could set an SLA (Service Level Agreement) with the tow firms wherein the tow firms would agree to a 30 minute window for arrivals. The Commission would then manage the SLA to track and see how well the tow firms are responding. Commissioner Long stated that one could not manage the response times if the response times were not being tracked. Further, since this situation has been brought to the Commission’s attention, he would like an SLA put in place. Some discussion ensued. Commissioner Dodaro asked the tow firms if they could provide an estimated time of arrival (ETA) when they are called out. Chief Frego reiterated that he did not think this was a big problem, and it only is a problem during the times when there are only two (2) officers working as one officer has to standby waiting for the tow firm to arrive while the other officer transports the arrestee to the station. More discussion ensued. It was agreed that both the Police Department and the tow firms would work on this matter, and it was agreed that things would work out fine.

Mr. Rosinko’s only comment was that he felt sometimes when a need for a tow truck occurs in front of his shop (i.e., accident), that he should be called for that tow as he could respond quicker, which would allow the roadway to be cleared sooner, and it would shorten the amount of time the officers would be tied up with traffic control. Chief Frego stated it was a good idea, and he felt the officers are currently taking response time into consideration when requesting a tow. Some discussion ensued. Chief Frego stated it was his opinion that all the tow firms are doing a good job. Commissioner Dodaro thanked the tow firm representatives for attending tonight’s meeting and for the fine service they provide the St. John Police Department throughout the year.

2009 YEAR END REPORT

2009 Year End Report – Commissioner Dodaro stated he reviewed the 2009 Year End Report and felt it looked very good. There was one typographical error that has been corrected; specifically, Page 8, Racial Profiling Report by Officer, Officer S. Flores’ total number of persons cited should be “322” and not “3222.” Commissioner Dodaro stated in reviewing the report, he noted the mileage driven by officers was down, as well as the monies spent on gasoline. Crime stayed the same. Chief Frego stated the Department spent approximately about $28,000 less in Year 2009 on gasoline than during the Year 2008. Chief Frego stated the officers were asked to voluntarily watch their off-duty mileage and they did, which is reflected in the report, and they are to be commended for their efforts. Commissioner Dodaro also noted the number of citations issued was lower. Chief Frego stated the calls for service was almost the same in 2009 as it was in 2008, which was surprising since the Town had annexed Tiburon and Grousse Point Subdivisions.

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

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

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Chief Frego read the monthly report for January 2010. Chief Frego stated that from January 1, 2010 through January 31, 2010, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 17,552 miles and responded to 450 incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 23 adult arrests with 36 charges being filed, and 3 juvenile arrests with 3 charges being filed. There were 242 traffic citations issued along with 62 written warnings for a total of 304 citations being issued during the month of January 2010 by the officers of the St. John Police Department. Also during the month of January, vehicle thefts totaled $0.00, and all other thefts totaled $3,309.00. The total value of recovered property was $20,000.00. There was no grant activity during the month of January 2010.

OLD BUSINESS

There were no items of “Old Business” for tonight’s meeting.

REPORTS

Budget –
Chief Frego advised the 2010 Budget has been finalized, and it is the same as the 2007 Budget, 2008 Budget, and 2009 Budget. Chief Frego stated that fortunately, the Infraction Deferral Program has been able to aid the budget with income. Commissioner Dodaro stated it was stated on a TV program regarding the economic situation of various States that although the State of Indiana has been in a little bit of trouble, overall the State had prepared itself very well and was actually in good shape. Chief Frego stated the Town of St. John was in better shape than most towns in the area, and it has been noted in the local paper that some towns have gone to giving furlough days to officers and some are considering layoffs.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Police Officer Eligibility List –
Commissioner Dodaro stated he has spoken with Commissioner Farris who advises he will be returning from Florida within the next couple of weeks. Upon Commissioner Farris’ return, the Commission will then get together to finalize the Police Officer’s Eligibility List by the early part of March 2010.

NEW BUSINESS

Revised St. John Police Department Organization Chart –
This item should have not been included on the agenda as it was a matter addressed at the January 11, 2010 meeting.

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego thanked the Commission for its cooperation in Year 2009, and stated he was hoping for a good year in 2010.

Chief Frego advised that back in September 2009, there was a substantial theft from a Snap-On Tools truck wherein over $400,000 worth of merchandise was reported stolen, as well as the vehicle was reported stolen. The St. John Police Department took the initial vehicle theft report. The vehicle was found the next day burnt in Chicago around 39th Street and Ashland Avenue. The contents of the vehicle are gone. Corporal Jay Dahlin and Sergeant Michael Fryzel worked the investigation. Through their investigation, and solely through their investigation, interviews and surveillance monitoring equipment, the officers were able to ascertain that the gentleman who filed the report filed a false report. He was in some serious financial trouble, and he was going to do an insurance job on this company. The insurance company denied payment, the merchandise was recovered from a warehouse here in St. John, and the gentleman is being prosecuted for false reporting. The National Bureau of Insurance is going after this man. The good news is Snap-On was very happy with the work of the St. John Police Department, and they sent the Police Department a check for $2,500 to be deposited in the Department’s gift fund. The extended their sincere thanks to the entire team here and Sgt. Michael Fryzel.

ANY AND ALL

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

PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no items brought before the Commission under “Public Comment.”

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, March 8, 2010. The Regular Public Meeting will begin at 7:00 P.M. There will be a Work Study Session only if deemed necessary. Any and all Executive Sessions will be advertised pursuant to law. Next month’s meeting will include the Annual Tow Meeting.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Hejl made a motion for adjournment. With a second by Commissioner Long, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:18 P.M.

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

______________________________
Rose Hejl, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Gorcos, Recording Secretary

03-08-2010 Police Commission

March 8, 2010 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The March 2010 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on March 8, 2010 at 7:00 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law. Commissioner Dodaro called the meeting to order promptly at 7:00 P.M. 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 Assistant Chief of Police Frank Chapranda and Town Council Member Jerri Teibel. Commissioner Robert Long and Police Chief Fred Frego were both out of town and not present. No legal representation was present at the meeting.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

February 8, 2010 Regular Meeting - Commissioner Hejl made a motion to approve the minutes as written from the February 8, 2010 Regular Meeting. With a second by Commissioner Vale, the motion carried unanimously (4-0).

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

Assistant Chief of Police Chapranda read a thank you card from Ms. Delores Duncan, of 9356 Hart Street, reference a 911 call she made on February 17, 2010 at approximately 8:30 P.M. regarding a suspicious person knocking at her door. Upon officers’ arrival, it was determined the suspicious person was actually a known party to Mrs. Duncan. Mrs. Duncan stated she greatly appreciated the Department’s efforts and actions.

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Assistant Chief Chapranda read the monthly report for February 2010. Chief Frego stated that from February 1, 2010 through February 28, 2010, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 17,054 miles and responded to 435 incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 19 adult arrests with 24 charges being filed, and 6 juvenile arrests with 7 charges being filed. There were 298 traffic citations issued along with 60 written warnings for a total of 358 citations being issued during the month of February 2010 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 $21,038.00. The total value of recovered property was $0.00. There was no grant activity during the month of February 2010.

OLD BUSINESS

There were no items of “Old Business” for tonight’s meeting.

REPORTS

Budget –
There was nothing new to report on the Budget.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Police Officer Eligibility List –
Commissioner Dodaro stated there will be an Executive Session held on Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 8:00 A.M. for the purpose of creating an Initial Police Officer Eligibility List, which will not include the addition of the Military/College preference point. It is anticipated that the Final Police Officer Eligibility List will be completed and posted in the near future.

NEW BUSINESS

Approval to Enter into an Agreement Reference the Formation of a SWAT Team – Towns of Highland, Munster and St. John –
Assistant Chief Chapranda advised the Police Department was requesting permission and approval to move forward and enter into an agreement for formation of a SWAT Team with the Town of Munster. As of today, Highland has dropped out of this agreement, and it will be only between Munster and St. John. Commissioner Dodaro questioned if there has been any discussion of forming a SWAT Team with neighboring towns such as Dyer, Schererville, and Cedar Lake. Assistant Chief Chapranda stated Schererville has already entered into an agreement with Merrillville, and he was not sure about any other discussions. Commissioner Hejl made a motion to grant approval to the St. John Police Department to move forward with the Agreement for the formation of a SWAT Team between the towns of St. John and Munster. With a second by Commissioner Farris, the motion carried unanimously (4-0).

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

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

ANY AND ALL

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

PUBLIC COMMENT

Mr. Andy Tilka, of Tom & Ed’s Auto Body and Towing, introduced himself to the Commission and advised that his business had recently inquired into being included in St. John’s tow rotation. Mr. Tilka stated he was well aware that St. John currently has three (3) tow firms, as per Town Ordinance, but he just wanted to make the Commission aware that their services are available. Mr. Tilka stated that they are a family owned business that has been operating since 1983. They have locations in Schererville, Crown Point and Merrillville. Mr. Tilka stated they have a 24-hour towing fleet, and they offer a 20 minute response time as their employees take the tow trucks home. Further, they offer auto body repair with a quick turn around time.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, April 12, 2010. The Regular Public Meeting will begin at 7:00 P.M. There will be a Work Study Session only if deemed necessary. 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 at approximately 7:10 P.M.

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

______________________________
Rose Hejl, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Gorcos, Recording Secretary

04-12-2010 Police Commission

April 12, 2010 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The April 2010 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on April 12, 2010 at 7:00 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law. Commissioner Dodaro called the meeting to order promptly at 7:00 P.M. 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 Chief of Police Fred Frego. Commissioner Robert Long arrived just after the meeting adjourned. Town Council Liaison Jerri Teibel was not present. Also, no legal representation was present at the meeting.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

March 8, 2010 Regular Meeting - Commissioner Farris, made a motion to approve the minutes as written from the March 8, 2010 Regular Meeting. With a second by Commissioner Hejl, the motion carried unanimously (4-0).

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

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

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Chief Frego read the monthly report for March 2010. Chief Frego stated that from March 1, 2010 through March 31, 2010, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 17,700 miles and responded to 511 incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 26 adult arrests with 34 charges being filed, and 5 juvenile arrests with 5 charges being filed. There were 343 traffic citations issued along with 64 written warnings for a total of 407 citations being issued during the month of March 2010 by the officers of the St. John Police Department. Also during the month of March, vehicle thefts totaled $0.00, and all other thefts totaled $3,910.00. The total value of recovered property was $3,450.00. The officers of the St. John Police Department, while working the OPO / BCC / DDE / DUI Taskforce Grants, issued 35 traffic citations and 34 written warnings for a total of 69 citations being issued on the grants during ht month of March 2010. The investigation of these violations resulted in 0 adult arrests with 0 charges being filed and 0 juvenile arrests with 0 charges being filed o the grants for the month of March 2010.

OLD BUSINESS

There were no items of “Old Business” for tonight’s meeting.

REPORTS

Budget –
There was nothing new to report on the Budget.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Police Officer Eligibility List –
Commissioner Dodaro stated the Final Register of Police Officer Candidates was posted on April 5, 2010. The list will be in effect for two (2) years. Commissioner Dodaro stated the list contains 25 fine candidates, any of whom will be an asset to the St. John Police Department, or any department that they choose to work for.

NEW BUSINESS

Chief Frego asked the Commission if it was time to start the process to create an Eligibility List for Sergeants. Commissioner Dodaro and the other Commissioners were in agreement that in order to prepare for the future, it was now time to start the process for creating an Eligibility List for Sergeants. Commissioner Hejl made a motion to begin the process to create an Eligibility List for Sergeants. With a second by Commissioner Vale, the motion carried unanimously (4-0). Chief Frego stated he would contact Stannard and Associates, which is the company endorsed by the Indiana Chiefs of Police Association, regarding an exam for the sergeant’s test. Chief Frego stated that at this time, the maximum number of candidates is five (5). The Commission asked Chief Frego to obtain a sample test for their review.

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego advised the Police Department has been working for some time on the Tech Grant, which was received through Congressman Pete Visclosky’s Office. St. John’s portion of the grant is $155,000.00. The laptops, personal computers, and docking stations have been delivered, and there is still money left over. Currently, quotes are being obtained for 25 walkies. The Department will be set equipment wise for several years. Some discussion ensued.

ANY AND ALL

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

PUBLIC COMMENT

There was no “Public Comment” at tonight’s meeting.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, May 10, 2010. The Regular Public Meeting will begin at 7:00 P.M. There will be a Work Study Session only if deemed necessary. 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 at approximately 7:10 P.M.

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

______________________________
Rose Hejl, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Gorcos, Recording Secretary

05-10-2010 Police Commission Meeting Canceled
06-14-2010 Police Commission

June 14, 2010 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The June 2010 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on June 14, 2010 at 7:00 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law. Commissioner Dodaro called the meeting to order promptly at 7:00 P.M. 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 Chief of Police Fred Frego. No legal representation was present at the meeting.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

April 12, 2010 Regular Meeting - Commissioner Hejl, made a motion to approve the minutes as written from the April 12, 2010 Regular Meeting. With a second by Commissioner Vale, the motion carried unanimously (5-0). The May 10, 2010 Regular Meeting was cancelled, and not rescheduled, due to the lack of a quorum.

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

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

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Chief Frego read the monthly report for May 2010. Chief Frego stated that from May 1, 2010 through May 31, 2010, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 18,163 miles and responded to 519 incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 22 adult arrests with 30 charges being filed, and 4 juvenile arrests with 4 charges being filed. There were 268 traffic citations issued along with 48 written warnings for a total of 316 citations being issued during the month of May 2010 by the officers of the St. John Police Department. Also during the month of May, vehicle thefts totaled $0.00, and all other thefts totaled $12,047.00. The total value of recovered property was $3,450.00. The officers of the St. John Police Department, while working the OPO / BCC / DDE / DUI Taskforce Grants, issued 36 traffic citations and 1 written warning for a total of 37 citations being issued on the grants during the month of May 2010. The investigation of these violations resulted in 4 adult arrests with 4 charges being filed and 0 juvenile arrests with 0 charges being filed on the grants for the month of May 2010.

OLD BUSINESS

There were no items of “Old Business” for tonight’s meeting.

REPORTS

Budget –
Chief Frego advised they will begin meeting in July to discuss the 2011 Budget.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Human Resources –
Commissioner Dodaro stated he has copies of a Sample Test for the Commission to review regarding the Sergeant’s test to be used in the testing process of creating an Eligibility List for Sergeants. Commissioner Dodaro stated he did not have the test with him tonight, but he would bring it to the July Regular Meeting.

NEW BUSINESS

Revised General Order 14.07 – Station Video Recording Equipment –
Chief Frego stated that effective January 1, 2011, all felony arrests are to be video recorded. At this time, Chief Frego is still working on this revision, and it is anticipated he will have the revised General Order available at the July Regular Meeting.

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego advised the St. John Police Department was not successful in receiving grant money to hire additional officers. In fact, the only successful department in Lake County was the Gary Police Department. However, there will be a “Round 2” for this grant, and modifications must be made to the original paperwork and be re-submitted. St. John will only be eligible to apply for one (1) additional officer this time. The deadline for submitting the revised paperwork is June 16, 2010.

Chief Frego advised he has applied for the NIRPC Grant, which will provide for two (2) alternate fuel vehicles to be purchased for the Department at a maximum cost of $18,000 per vehicle. Any remaining costs must be paid for by the Department. This Grant is not expected to be awarded until June 2011.

ANY AND ALL

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

PUBLIC COMMENT

There was no “Public Comment” at tonight’s meeting.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, July 12, 2010. The Regular Public Meeting will begin at 7:00 P.M. There will be a Work Study Session only if deemed necessary. Any and all Executive Sessions will be advertised pursuant to law.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Farris made a motion for adjournment. With a second by Commissioner Long, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:08 P.M.

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

______________________________
Rose Hejl, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Gorcos, Recording Secretary

07-12-2010 Police Commission Meeting Canceled
08-09-2010 Police Commission

August 9, 2010 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The August 2010 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on August 9, 2010 at 7:00 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law. Due to the Town Manager hosting a meeting in the Town Hall meeting room, tonight’s meeting was held in the Town Manager’s conference room. Therefore, the meeting was not recorded and the following minutes were derived from notes taken during the meeting. Commissioner Dodaro called the meeting to order promptly at 7:00 P.M. 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 Ronald Vale. Also present was Chief of Police Fred Frego. Commissioner Rose Hejl was not present at the meeting. No legal representation was present at the meeting.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

June 14, 2010 Regular Meeting - Commissioner Farris made a motion to approve the minutes as written from the June 14, 2010 Regular Meeting. With a second by Commissioner Long, the motion carried unanimously (4-0). The July 12, 2010 Regular Meeting was cancelled due to the lack of quorum, and it was not rescheduled.

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

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

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Chief Frego read the monthly report for July 2010. Chief Frego stated that from July 1, 2010 through July 31, 2010, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 17,824 miles and responded to 616 incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 41 adult arrests with 61 charges being filed, and 6 juvenile arrests with 11 charges being filed. There were 243 traffic citations issued along with 62 written warnings for a total of 305 citations being issued during the month of July 2010 by the officers of the St. John Police Department. Also during the month of July, vehicle thefts totaled $0.00, and all other thefts totaled $19,334.00. The total value of recovered property was $0.00. The officers of the St. John Police Department, while working the OPO / BCC / DDE / DUI Taskforce Grants, issued 46 traffic citations and 11 written warnings for a total of 57 citations being issued on the grants during the month of July 2010. 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 2010.

OLD BUSINESS

There were no items of “Old Business” for tonight’s meeting.

REPORTS

Budget –
Chief Frego advised they will begin meeting in July to discuss the 2011 Budget.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Human Resources –
Commissioner Dodaro stated he had copies of a Sample Test for the Commission to review regarding the Sergeant’s test to be used in the testing process of creating an Eligibility List for Sergeants. Chief Frego advised there are five (5) officers who are eligible to participate in the process for creating an Eligibility List for Sergeants. Commissioner Long made a motion to authorize the Chief of Police to purchase the Sergeant’s Test. With a second by Commissioner Farris, the motion carried (4-0). Chief Frego is to notify the eligible officers of the opportunity to be considered for the position of Sergeant, and advise them to notify him in writing of their desire to participate. The written test will be scheduled for November 13, 2010 at 9:00 A.M. in the Police Department’s Training Room. Oral interviews will be scheduled for December 7, 2010.

NEW BUSINESS

Revised General Order 14.07 – Station Video Recording Equipment –
This matter was deferred till next month’s meeting.

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego stated he had no comments at this time.

ANY AND ALL

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

PUBLIC COMMENT

There was no “Public Comment” at tonight’s meeting.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, October 11, 2010. The Regular Public Meeting will begin at 7:00 P.M. There will be a Work Study Session only if deemed necessary. Any and all Executive Sessions will be advertised pursuant to law.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Farris 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. Gorcos, Recording Secretary

09-13-2010 Police Commission Meeting Canceled
10-11-2010 Police Commission

October 11, 2010 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The October 2010 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on October 11, 2010 at 7:00 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law. Commissioner Dodaro called the meeting to order promptly at 7:00 P.M. 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 Chief of Police Fred Frego. Commissioner Robert Long was not present at the meeting. No legal representation was present at the meeting. Town Councilmen Michael Forbes and Mark Barenie arrived shortly after the start of the meeting.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

August 9, 2010 Regular Meeting - Commissioner Hejl made a motion to approve the minutes as written from the August 9, 2010 Regular Meeting. With a second by Commissioner Farris, the motion carried unanimously (4-0). The September 13, 2010 Regular Meeting was cancelled due to the lack of quorum, and it was not rescheduled.

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

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

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Chief Frego read the monthly report for September 2010. Chief Frego stated that from September 1, 2010 through September 30, 2010, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 16,395 miles and responded to 485 incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 23 adult arrests with 33 charges being filed, and 2 juvenile arrests with 2 charges being filed. There were 255 traffic citations issued along with 109 written warnings for a total of 364 citations being issued during the month of September 2010 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 $7,675.00. The total value of recovered property was $0.00. The officers of the St. John Police Department, while working the OPO / BCC / DDE / DUI Taskforce Grants, issued 50 traffic citations and 38 written warnings for a total of 87 citations being issued on the grants during the month of September 2010. The investigation of these violations resulted in 1 adult arrest with 1 charge being filed and 0 juvenile arrests with 0 charges being filed on the grants for the month of September 2010.

OLD BUSINESS

Revised General Order 14.07 – Station Video Recording Equipment –
Chief Frego advised he is still waiting for input from the Prosecutor’s Office regarding standardization of this matter. This matter will be deferred till next month’s meeting.

REPORTS

Budget –
Chief Frego advised they are working hard on the 2011 Budget.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Human Resources –
Commissioner Dodaro advised the Sergeant’s Test is scheduled for Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 9:00 A.M. at the St. John Police Department. Chief Frego stated the tests have arrived, and they are currently sealed and locked in the Chief’s Office. Further, the Study Guides have arrived. Chief Frego stated he was able to rent a set of the five (5) study books for 120 days. There are four (4) corporals who will be taking the test. Only one (1) corporal did not submit a letter advising of his interest to participate in the testing process to create an Eligibility List for Sergeant.

Chief Frego advised the Commission that Officer Steve Rudzinski was off on sick leave after ongoing a serious surgery to remove a five (5) pound goiter from his neck. He is expected to return to work on or about October 20, 2010.

NEW BUSINESS

There were no matters of “New Business.”

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego advised he received an e-mail from Lieutenant Richard Kouder advising of his intent to retire from the Police Department effective December 18, 2010. Chief Frego stated Lt. Kouder has already completed the appropriate paperwork and submitted it to the Town. However, as of this date, Assistant Chief Frank Chapranda has not committed as to whether he will be retiring also. Some discussion was held regarding the DROP Program and the officers’ retirements. In response to Commissioner Dodaro’s question, Chief Frego stated that at this time, plans for a retirement party are inconclusive. However, it is anticipated that one will be held. Chief Frego stated Lt. Kouder has 35 years of service with the Department, and Assistant Chief Chapranda has approximately 36 years of service. Chief Frego stated he has ordered the retirement stars (badges) for both officers.

ANY AND ALL

Councilman Barenie questioned if the Sergeant’s Test, which the corporals are currently studying for, is 100 percent of the process. Commissioner Dodaro advised the test was only part of the process. He explained that after the officers have completed taking the test, it will be sent out for grading to the Company from where it was purchased. When the graded tests are returned, the Commission will open the results and review who passed and who did not. Those corporals that pass the written test will then be scheduled for oral interviews with the Commission, probably sometime during the first week of December 2010. The Eligibility List for Sergeant will be published prior to the retirement of current administrators who are anticipating leaving the Department in December. Councilman Barenie queried as to the percentage rate for the pass/fail of this test. Commissioner Dodaro stated the corporals need to score at least 70% in order to pass the test. Commissioner Dodaro advised this test can be very involved and if the corporals do not read the material, they are not going to pass the test. It all depends on how hard they study. Councilman Barenie asked if there was a national percentage rate for the pass/fail of this test. Commissioner Dodaro stated he had no idea. Chief Frego said this particular test is endorsed by the Indiana Chiefs of Police Association, and it is for entry level supervision and for first line supervision. Chief Frego stated he has seen some of the sample questions, and he did not feel it was difficult. It is important to know terms and definitions in order to pass the test, and it covers community policing and patrol techniques. Commissioner Dodaro stated he anticipates that all four (4) corporals will pass the test. Chief Frego commented that both he and Commissioner Dodaro took the test, and they both passed.

PUBLIC COMMENT

There was no “Public Comment” at tonight’s meeting.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, November 8, 2010. The Regular Public Meeting will begin at 7:00 P.M. There will be a Work Study Session only if deemed necessary. 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. Gorcos, Recording Secretary

11-08-2010 Police Commission

November 8, 2010 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The November 2010 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on November 8, 2010 at 7:00 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law. Commissioner Dodaro called the meeting to order promptly at 7:00 P.M. 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 Chief of Police Fred Frego and Town Council Liaison Michael Forbes. Commissioners Donald Farris and Rose Hejl were not present at the meeting. No legal representation was present at the meeting.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

October 11, 2010 Regular Meeting - Commissioner Vale made a motion to approve the minutes as written from the October 11, 2010 Regular Meeting. With a second by Commissioner Long, the motion carried unanimously (3-0).

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

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

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Chief Frego read the monthly report for October 2010. Chief Frego stated that from October 1, 2010 through October 31, 2010, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 16,116 miles and responded to 584 incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 24 adult arrests with 28 charges being filed, and 8 juvenile arrests with 8 charges being filed. There were 211 traffic citations issued along with 36 written warnings for a total of 247 citations being issued during the month of October 2010 by the officers of the St. John Police Department. Also during the month of October, vehicle thefts totaled $5,000.00, and all other thefts totaled $4,735.00. The total value of recovered property was $100.00. The officers of the St. John Police Department, while working the OPO / BCC / DDE / DUI Taskforce Grants, issued 0 traffic citations and 0 written warnings for a total of 0 citations being issued on the grants during the month of October 2010. The investigation of these violations resulted in 0 adult arrests with 0 charges being filed and 0 juvenile arrests with 0 charges being filed on the grants for the month of October 2010.

Chief Frego stated the Police Department has been tracking the number of Infraction Deferral Agreements entered into each month. In comparison to Year 2009, the Department is up by 73 Infraction Deferral Agreements (2010 Year-to-Date = 825 vs. 2009 Year-to-Date = 752). The call volume is down 226 calls; however, the types of calls the officers are responding to have been more serious in nature. Chief Frego stated it has been noted there has been an increase in the number of domestic calls. Chief Frego felt the rise in the number of domestic calls is most likely due to the current status of the economy, as well as the Town’s growth and population.

Chief Frego commented that the number of miles driven by the officers is down. Regarding the Monthly Fuel/Mileage Report, it should be noted that a problem was discovered this month with a formula in the Excel spreadsheet used for calculating this report, which has caused inaccurate reporting of year-to-date figures for miles driven and gallons used since the June report. The formula has been corrected, and the report in the October 2010 Monthly Report is accurate.

OLD BUSINESS

Revised General Order 14.07 – Station Video Recording Equipment –
Chief Frego advised this matter has to do with a new State mandate that goes into effect on January 1, 2011, wherein all felony arrests are to be video recorded. Chief Frego states he continues to wait for direction on this matter from the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office, as they now want a standardized general order for this process amongst all 18 Police Departments in Lake County. There will be some upcoming training also provided on this matter. In response to Commissioner Long’s question, Chief Frego advised there is no State funding provided for upgrades that are required due to new State mandates. In this particular situation, Chief Frego stated that this mandate will cost the Department between $4,000 - $5,000 for upgrades. St. John applied for a grant, as well as other Departments in Lake County (Schererville, Cedar Lake, Dyer, Lowell, etc.), but St. John was turned down. The only Department to be successful in the grant application was Lake County. Some discussion ensued.

REPORTS

Budget –
Chief Frego advised the 2011 Budget has been finalized.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Human Resources –
Commissioner Dodaro advised the Sergeant’s Test is scheduled for this Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 9:00 A.M. at the St. John Police Department. Chief Frego stated he made an unofficial call to the Number 1 Candidate on the Police Officer Eligibility List, and not promising anything to him regarding employment, he stated the call was placed to see where the candidate is at regarding coming to work for the St. John Police Department. This candidate currently is a certified officer with Munster Police Department. At the time of the call, the candidate stated he will make a decision when, and if, he is offered the position.

NEW BUSINESS

There were no matters of “New Business.”

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Regarding the pending K-9 issue, Chief Frego stated the matter is moving forward and currently, they are waiting to hear the outcome of the Town’s insurance carrier determining what liability it will assume. Chief Frego stated he hoped to have an answer before next month’s regular meeting. Commissioner Dodaro stated the Commission may consider calling an Executive Meeting regarding this matter once the insurance carrier’s determination is received. Some discussion ensued.

ANY AND ALL

Lt. Richard Kouder, who was in the audience, advised the Commission that a card with a note written in it was received today from the Gidcumb Family on W. Oak Ridge Drive, in St. John. The card was sent to Officer Steve Flores and thanked him for saving the life of their son who had overdosed on drugs. When Officer Flores arrived on scene, the son was breathing approximately four (4) times per minute. Officer Flores performed CPR on the son and is credited for saving his life. The St. John Paramedics arrived and were able to bring him back. Some discussion ensued.

PUBLIC COMMENT

There was no “Public Comment” at tonight’s meeting.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, December 13, 2010. The Regular Public Meeting will begin at 7:00 P.M. There will be a Work Study Session only if deemed necessary. Any and all Executive Sessions will be advertised pursuant to law. Saturday, November 13, 2010, at 9:00 A.M., the Sergeant’s Test will take place. The allotted amount of time to complete this test is three (3) hours. The test will be taken in the Police Department’s Training Room.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Vale made a motion for adjournment. With a second by Commissioner Long, the meeting was adjourned at 7:18 P.M.

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

______________________________
Rose Hejl, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Gorcos, Recording Secretary

12-13-2010 Police Commission

December 13, 2010 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The December 2010 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on December 13, 2010 at 7:00 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law. Commissioner Dodaro called the meeting to order promptly at 7:00 P.M. 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 Ronald Vale. Also present was Chief of Police Fred Frego. Commissioners Rose Hejl and Robert Long, as well as Town Council Liaison Michael Forbes, were not present. No legal representation was present at the meeting. These minutes were compiled from notes taken at the meeting. The meeting was recorded but the recording is inaudible.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

November 8, 2010 Regular Meeting - Commissioner Farris made a motion to approve the minutes as written from the November 8, 2010 Regular Meeting. With a second by Commissioner Vale, the motion carried unanimously (3-0).

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

Chief Frego advised correspondence was received from Mr. Dennis Balassone, of 13301 Monix Drive, St. John. Mr. Balassone commended the St. John Police Department for the outstanding job the officers did regarding the burglary that occurred at his residence on November 27, 2010. Among other items, two (2) firearms were stolen from his residence. The stolen items were tracked to a pawn shop, wherein camera footage was reviewed and the suspects in this burglary were identified. A search warrant was executed and several of the items were located, and the suspects were arrested.

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Chief Frego read the monthly report for November 2010. Chief Frego stated that from November 1, 2010 through November 30, 2010, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 15,664 miles and responded to 433 incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 14 adult arrests with 16 charges being filed, and 6 juvenile arrests with 6 charges being filed. There were 186 traffic citations issued along with 63 written warnings for a total of 249 citations being issued during the month of November 2010 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 $4,194.00. The total value of recovered property was $3,000.00. The officers of the St. John Police Department, while working the OPO / BCC / DDE / DUI Taskforce Grants, issued 0 traffic citations and 0 written warnings for a total of 0 citations being issued on the grants during the month of October 2010. The investigation of these violations resulted in 0 adult arrest with 0 charge being filed and 0 juvenile arrests with 0 charges being filed on the grants for the month of October 2010.

OLD BUSINESS

Revised General Order 14.07 – Station Video Recording Equipment –
Chief Frego advised this matter has to do with a new State mandate that goes into effect on January 1, 2011, wherein all felony arrests are to be video recorded. IBT will be installing the necessary equipment at the station on December 21, 2010. It is expected that the Department’s General Order will be ready for the Commission’s approval at the January 2011 meeting.

REPORTS

Budget –
Chief Frego advised the 2011 Budget has been finalized and is in place.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Human Resources –
Commissioner Dodaro advised oral interviews were conducted on Saturday, December 11, 2010, with the two (2) corporals who passed the Sergeant’s written examination. After the interviews, a Sergeant’s Eligibility List was created by the Police Commission ranking Corporal David Demeter as Number 1, and Corporal James Turturillo as Number 2. The Sergeant’s Eligibility List will remain in effect for two (2) years and shall expire at midnight on December 12, 2012. (See attached copy of Sergeant’s Eligibility List.)

NEW BUSINESS

There were no matters of “New Business.”

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego had no comments.

ANY AND ALL

Lt. Richard Kouder was in the audience at tonight’s meeting. Members of the Police Commission congratulated Lt. Kouder on his pending retirement (December 18, 2010) and wished him well.

PUBLIC COMMENT

There was no “Public Comment” at tonight’s meeting.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, January 10, 2011. The Regular Public Meeting will begin at 7:00 P.M. There will be a Work Study Session only if deemed necessary. 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 at 7:08 P.M.

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

______________________________
Rose Hejl, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Gorcos, Recording Secretary

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