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Police Commission Meeting Minutes 2012

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01-09-2012 Police Commission

January 9, 2012 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The January 2012 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on January 9, 2012 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, Robert Long, and Ron Vale. Also present was Chief of Police Fred Frego. Commissioner Donald Farris and Town Council Liaison Kenneth Gembala were not present. Commissioner Dodaro acknowledged the presence of Councilmen Mike Forbes and Greg Volk at tonight’s meeting. No legal representation was present at the meeting.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

December 12, 2011 Regular Meeting - Commissioner Hejl made a motion to approve the minutes as written from the December 12, 2011 Regular Meeting. With a second by Commissioner Long, 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 2011. Chief Frego stated that from December 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 16,988 miles and responded to 466 incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 13 adult arrests with 19 charges being filed, and 2 juvenile arrests with 2 charges being filed. There were 104 traffic citations issued along with 53 written warnings for a total of 157 citations being issued during the month of December 2011 by the officers of the St. John Police Department. Also during the month of December, vehicle thefts totaled $26,400.00, and all other thefts totaled $2,290.00. 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 362 traffic citations and 177 written warnings for a total of 539 citations being issued on the grants during the month of December 2011. The investigation of these violations resulted in 3 adult arrests with 3 charges being filed and 0 juvenile arrests with 0 charges being filed on the grants for the month of December 2011.

Chief Frego stated the combined total of Duty and Grant citations indicates that there were 466 traffic citations issued in the month of December. The year-to-date total of Citations and Warnings (both duty and grant activity) issued is 6,633. Chief Frego stated that there were 219 Infraction Deferral Agreements during the month of December, for a total of 1,767 Agreements for the year. The officers conducted 739 traffic stops in December, for a total of 7,031 traffic stops for the year. Commissioner Dodaro stated that the number of traffic citations was an incredible number, as well as the year total of 7,031 traffic stops was incredible. Commissioner Dodaro stated there must be a lot of speeders on US 41.

Commissioner Long asked Chief Frego if all the Infraction Deferral monies go directly to the Police Department. Chief Frego explained that of the $184.00 Infraction Deferral fee the violator pays, the Police Department receives $112.00. Lake County receives the remaining $72.00. Some discussion ensued.

OLD BUSINESS

There were no items of “Old Business.”

HUMAN RESOURCES

Chief Frego commented that after 35 years of service, Sergeant Bernard J. Johnsen retired from the St. John Police Department effective January 2, 2012.

Chief Frego stated all the new Reserve Officers are now entering Phase III of the Field Training Program. In Phase III, the new Reserve Officers will be riding with supervisors, who will be evaluating them. All the New Reserves Officers are doing really well. Chief Frego stated he is looking forward to getting them up to full speed so that they can augment the full-time officers in the near future.

Commissioner Dodaro asked Chief Frego if he had any plans on requesting replacements for the officers who have left the department. Chief Frego advised yes, but later. Commissioner Dodaro stated they will address this matter when it comes before them.

NEW BUSINESS

There were no items of “New Business.”

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego had no comments.

ANY AND ALL

There were no items of “Any and All.”

PUBLIC COMMENT

Commissioner Dodaro stated his son-in-law, who was in the audience and who is a resident in St. John, had an alarm call at his residence. It turned out to be a false alarm. The son-in-law and daughter were just a few blocks away from their home when they saw two (2) squad cars with lights and sirens go past them. They turned around and sure enough, they had accidentally set off their alarm when they had left. Commissioner Dodaro stated it was a credit to the St. John Police Department as to how quickly the officers responded to the residence. Some discussion ensued.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, February 13, 2012. 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 Vale, the meeting was adjourned at 7:07 P.M. (4-0).

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

______________________________
Rose Hejl, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Gorcos, Recording Secretary

02-13-2012 Police Commission

February 13, 2012 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The February 2012 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on February 13, 2012 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, Robert Long, and Ron Vale. Also present was Chief of Police Fred Frego. Commissioner Donald Farris was not present due to recently having surgery. Town Council Liaison Kenneth Gembala was not present. No legal representation was present at the meeting.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Commissioner Hejl made a motion to table the Election of Officers till the March meeting. With a second by Commissioner Vale, the motion carried unanimously (4-0).

ANNUAL TOW MEETING

The following tow firms had representation at tonight’s Annual Tow Meeting: Emerald Towing, Kubiak’s Towing, and St. John Auto. When asked for comments, suggestions or complaints, Mr. Tim Rosinko, representing St. John Auto, stated he felt when there is an accident on Wicker Avenue (Highway 41), the tow firm that is closest in proximity to the accident should be contacted for the tow. He feels this would speed up the clearance of traffic congestion due to the accident. Mr. Joe Kubiak, representing Kubiak’s Towing, stated he was in agreement and felt that this new procedure would help clear up traffic in a timelier manner. Some discussion ensued. Commissioner Dodaro stated logically speaking, the officer(s) on scene, depending on the time of day and how much traffic there is, could make a decision at that particular time as to which tow firm should be contacted. Chief Frego stated he understood the suggestion and since the Police Commission has no problem with it, and as long as there are no complaints received from any of the tow firms implying they were not getting their fair share of tows, it could become a new procedure. Chief Frego said the Police Department could try to balance out the tows with all three (3) firms. More discussion ensued. Chief Frego and Commissioner Dodaro stated this was a logical suggestion, and it made sense to call out the nearest tow firm.

The representative from Emerald Towing advised the Commission that Emerald recently purchased a trailer that is basically a flatbed trailer, and it is 53 feet long. The Commission was showed a photo of the trailer.

Chief Frego advised he was in receipt of a request from Tom and Ed’s Auto Body, located in Schererville, requesting to be added to the St. John Police Department’s tow rotation. Chief Frego stated that per Town Ordinance, the maximum number of standard tow firms allowed is three (3), and we currently have three (3) tow firms for standard tows. Therefore, this request will be denied.

All tow firm representatives commented on the fact that they need to know from the dispatcher, at the time of the call, the type of vehicle they will be picking up, and the nature of the tow (if it’s something other than an accident). Mr. Rosinko stated he has been called during the middle of the night, and the dispatcher has no idea as to what kind of car was being towed. Commissioner Dodaro stated this could be remedied by informing the officers on the street to be more descriptive as to the type of vehicle being towed, and the nature of the problem with the vehicle if other than being involved in an accident.

Mr. Kubiak stated he has been hearing the term “personal tow” lately, and he was not sure what that meant. Chief Frego stated it means a vehicle has broken down or ran out of gas, and when the officer arrives on scene, the driver requests a tow firm. Some discussion then ensued as to whether that registered owner has to obtain a tow release from the St. John Police Department if the tow was a “personal tow.” Some discussion ensued. Chief Frego stated if it is an accident, then a tow release is required. However, if the subject ran out of gas, or their vehicle broke down and they requested a specific tow firm be called, then a tow release is not required. Mr. Kubiak was concerned that “personal tows” affected their turn in the tow rotation. Mrs. Gorcos stated when a subject requests a personal tow, then the tow is coded in the Spillman as a “customer request,” which does not affect the tow rotation. More discussion ensued.

The Commission thanked the tow providers for their input and for attending tonight’s meeting.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

January 9, 2012 Regular Meeting - Commissioner Hejl made a motion to approve the minutes as written from the January 9, 2012 Regular Meeting. With a second by Commissioner Long, the motion carried unanimously (4-0).

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

Commissioner Hejl read a letter addressed to Mr. Steven Kil, Town Manager, dated January 28, 2012, from Colonel Richard J. Hucker, of 8761 Sheffield Avenue in Dyer, Indiana. Included with the letter was Colonel Richard Hucker’s personal check, #1370, in the amount of $100.00, which was made payable to the St. John Police Department. Said letter stated the $100 donation was a token of the Hucker family’s appreciation and recognition of the highest quality of service to the community by the St. John Police Department officers. The Huckers sent their heartfelt thanks for the courteous and efficient manner in which the St. John officers respond to a call. In response to Commissioner Dodaro’s question, Chief Frego advised the monies from this donation will be deposited into the Police Department’s Gift Fund.

Commissioner Dodaro advised he was in receipt of correspondence from Town Councilman Ken Gembala advising that he would not be able to attend tonight’s meeting due to his being in attendance at another meeting, along with the Fire Chief, another Town Councilman, and the State District #1 representative. Councilman Gembala stated he wished he could be present at tonight’s meeting, but it was necessary for him to attend the other meeting.

2011 YEAR END REPORT

The Commission advised they were all in receipt of the 2011 Year End Report. Their comments indicated it was a good report and very impressive.

Some discussion ensued at this time regarding the number of tows each tow provider had for the Year. Chief Frego stated he would like to have the number of “grant” tows provided. Commissioner Dodaro agreed and stated for next year’s report, the Commission would like to have the number of tows provided by Stan’s Towing for the grant. Some discussion ensued regarding the Grant and tows. Chief Frego stated this matter should be reviewed and the grant tows should be provided by all tow providers so that the numbers will be more even.

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Chief Frego read the monthly report for January 2012. Chief Frego stated that from January 1, 2012 through January 31, 2012, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 16,536 miles and responded to 474 incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 27 adult arrests with 37 charges being filed, and 1 juvenile arrest with 1 charge being filed. There were 271 traffic citations issued along with 31 written warnings for a total of 302 citations being issued during the month of January 2012 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 $7,526.00. The total value of recovered property was $11,400.00.

OLD BUSINESS

There were no items of “Old Business.”

HUMAN RESOURCES

Chief Frego requested the Commission’s authorization to hire one (1) police officer from the Final Register of Police Officer Candidates and present them with a conditional offer of employment. Commissioner Hejl made a motion to authorize Chief Frego to make a conditional offer of employment to the next candidate on the Final Register of Police Officer Candidates, and to continue down that list until the position is filled. With a second by Commissioner Vale, the motion carried unanimously (4-0).

NEW BUSINESS

Commissioner Dodaro stated he was aware there was tentative approval for the Chief to purchase three (3), maybe four (4), cars, and he would entertain a motion that once the final approval is received, the Chief could proceed with the purchase without waiting to return to the Commission for approval. Commissioner Vale made a motion to approve the Chief of Police’s purchase of four (4) cars when the funds become available, and pending the approval of the fourth car. With a second by Commissioner Hejl, the motion carried unanimously (4-0).

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego stated regarding the monthly report, this was the first month where the Department recovered more stolen property than was actually stolen from Town during the month. Chief Frego went on to discuss a particular burglary that occurred in Town on the date he was leaving for the Chief’s conference in Indianapolis. Chief Frego stated the officers, namely, Sergeant Michael Fryzel, Corporal James Turturillo and crew, did a fantastic job. In a matter of five (5) hours, the officers were able to identify the offender and locate where the offender was staying, which was a hotel in Merrillville. The officers went to the hotel in Merrillville, and arrested the suspect. Through this arrest, they were able to clear up probably six (6) other burglaries (theft of air conditioners, burglaries from businesses and homes, etc.) in surrounding towns. The officers really did a great job and deserve recognition. Commissioner Dodaro agreed the officers did a tremendous job.

Chief Frego advised that later during the same week, there were some out-of-towners who came into Town and tried presenting fake bank cards for cash at the Chase Bank. These subjects took the Chase Bank in Cedar Lake for $4,800. Our officers were called by Chase Bank when their employee did not go for the fake card, and they responded rapidly and caught three (3) offenders who were charged. The U.S. Secret Service came in and confiscated all the cards. The suspects were responsible for similar thefts locally in Indiana, as well as in Chicago, and in Wisconsin. Chief Frego then explained the scam that the suspects were conducting. The Commission said “kudos to the officers!”

ANY AND ALL

Commissioner Hejl stated she wished to thank the Town Council for her re-appointment to the Police Commission. Further, Commissioner Hejl stated that she, as well as her fellow commissioners, have really had a good run, and she is really happy with what they have accomplished. Commissioner Hejl said that most importantly, the 5% decrease in Reported Crimes, as indicated in the 2011 Year End Report, is due to all the police officers doing a great job! She stated she is very proud of the officers. Commissioner Dodaro stated the officers’ effort is there, and it has not gone unnoticed.

PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no comments made under “Public Comment.”

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, March 12, 2012. 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 Long, the meeting was adjourned at 7:19 P.M. (4-0).

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

______________________________
Rose Hejl, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Gorcos, Recording Secretary

03-12-2012 Police Commission Meeting Canceled
04-09-2012 Police Commission

April 9, 2012 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The April 2012 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on April 9, 2012 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 Robert Long. Also present were Chief of Police Fred Frego and Town Council Liaison Kenneth Gembala. Attorney David Austgen was also present at the meeting. Commissioner Ronald Vale was not present due to illness.

PRESENTATION

Mrs. Marion Thiel, Americanism Chairman for the First District Ladies Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Ms. Helen Fross, President of the First District Ladies Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign Wars, presented Chief Fred Frego with two (2) 3’ x 5’ American flags. Mrs. Thiel advised each year the First District, which covers all of Lake County, Indiana, presents two (2) flags to a department, and they have chosen the St. John Police Department to be this year’s recipient. Chief Frego commented that Marion Thiel is a staunch supporter of the St. John Police Department and veterans, and she is always willing to assist the Police Department in any way possible. Mrs. Thiel stated she is very proud of the Town of St. John, and feels the Town is doing great. Commissioner Dodaro thanked Mrs. Thiel for the flags and told her it was an honor to have her in attendance. Photos were taken.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

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

Chairman – Commissioner Farris nominated William Dodaro for the position of Chairman. Commissioner Hejl seconded the nomination. All commissioners then cast a unanimous vote for William Dodaro as Chairman of the St. John Police Commission for the Year 2012 (4-0).

Vice-Chairman – Commissioner Dodaro nominated Donald Farris for the position of Vice-Chairman. Commissioner Long seconded the nomination. All commissioners then cast a unanimous vote for Donald Farris as Vice-Chairman of the St. John Police Commission for the Year 2012 (4-0).

Secretary – Commissioner Farris nominated Rose Hejl for the position of Secretary. Commissioner Long seconded the nomination. All commissioners then cast a unanimous vote for Rose Hejl as Secretary of the St. John Police Commission for the Year 2012 (4-0).

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

February 13, 2012 Regular Meeting - Commissioner Hejl made a motion to approve the minutes as written from the February 13, 2012 Regular Meeting. With a second by Commissioner Farris, the motion carried unanimously (4-0).

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

Commissioner Dodaro advised the Commission was in receipt of a new general order, presented for their approval and authorization, regarding Social Networking. Commissioner Dodaro stated the Commission just received this general order tonight, and it was his understanding that it was a last minute update. Commissioner Dodaro stated he would like to table this item in order to give the Police Commission an opportunity to review the general order, discuss it, and possibly vote on it at the next regular meeting. The Commissioners were in agreement to table this general order and its consideration until the next regular meeting.

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Chief Frego read the monthly report for March 2012. Chief Frego stated that from March 1, 2012 through March 31, 2012, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 18,252 miles and responded to 497 incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 26 adult arrests with 42 charges being filed, and 1 juvenile arrest with 1 charge being filed. There were 278 traffic citations issued along with 33 written warnings for a total of 307 citations being issued during the month of March 2012 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 $10,629.00. The total value of recovered property was $15,200.00. Chief Frego commented that there were a total of 896 traffic stops made by the St. John police officers in the month of March. The total number of citations issued, through both duty and grant activity, was 610. Commissioner Dodaro questioned what type of property was recovered this month. Chief Frego advised that the $15,200 was the value of a recovered vehicle as well as a couple of miscellaneous items stolen in a burglary.

OLD BUSINESS

There were no items of “Old Business.”

HUMAN RESOURCES

New Hire Update –
Commissioner Dodaro stated at the last Town Council meeting, the department’s new patrol officer, Daniel Kolodziej, was sworn in. Commissioner Dodaro stated he would like to welcome Officer Kolodziej to the St. John Police Department. Chief Frego advised that Officer Kolodziej reported to the Academy in Plainfield on Thursday, April 5, 2012, and successfully passed the Physical Agility test requirements for entry into the Academy. Officer Kolodziej will be reporting on Monday, April 23, 2012 to the Academy to begin his training at Plainfield for the next 15 weeks. Commissioner Dodaro stated the Commission wishes Officer Kolodziej luck and success in completing the Academy.
Request for Emergency Hire –
Chief Frego stated that due to the retirement of Corporal Dale Poston, the Department has been left short one (1) officer. With the new officer that was just hired not being in service until August, Chief Frego stated he would like to forego the process of testing and creating a new Eligibility List, and instead request an Emergency Hire to obtain a certified police officer that could assume duties almost immediately. Commissioner Hejl made a motion to approve the Chief’s request for an Emergency Hire. With a second by Commissioner Farris, the motion carried unanimously (4-0). Commissioner Long queried as to whether the Commission would be utilizing the Final Register of Police Officer Candidates that was in existence, and he was informed the Final Register had expired. Commissioner Long then asked if they were going to post a job opening or did the Commission have somebody in mind for the position. Commissioner Long then commented that he was confused on this issue. Chief Frego stated he did some research with other departments that have done Emergency Hiring, and he found several options available. Chief Frego stated neighboring communities have advertised by word-of-mouth, which is not a method that he favors. Chief Frego asked Attorney Austgen to provide assistance at this time. Attorney Austgen stated the Commission could do a general solicitation, and since it is an Emergency Hire, the Commission has complete flexibility. This procedure puts the Commission outside of their SOP’s (Standard Operating Procedures) for the purposes that Chief Frego had indicated. Commissioner Dodaro stated that in years passed, the St. John Police Department had several police officers that were hired under an Emergency Hiring. Under the Emergency Hire, Chief Frego advised the applicants must successfully meet the physical requirements of a new officer, as well as they must successfully pass a psychological examination and a medical examination. Further, the applicant must be successfully accepted by PERF, located in Indianapolis, which is the Indiana Retirement Plan for Public Employees. Even though the applicants are current police officers in other departments, they still must pass the above mentioned items. Basically, the only item eliminated in the Emergency Hiring practice is the written test. In return, the Department would be getting a seasoned, experienced officer who can immediately go to work. Commissioner Dodaro stated with the NATO Summit coming to Chicago, Illinois, during the third week of May, he felt it would be a good idea to be staffed 100% and have as many people on the street as possible just in case something might spill over into our area. Attorney Austgen suggested the Commission direct the Chief to make solicitation that is appropriate under the circumstances and to present a list or recommendation for an interview process. Commissioner Hejl made a motion for Chief Frego to solicit a list of contenders for the new patrol position. With a second by Commissioner Farris, the motion carried unanimously (4-0).
New Eligibility List –
Commissioner Dodaro stated it was his recommendation that this matter be tabled until further notice and after a time when they can have an Executive Session or Study Session to discuss this matter further. All Commissioners agreed to table this matter at this time.

NEW BUSINESS

Chief Frego made a request to promote the next person on the Sergeant’s Eligibility List. Commissioner Farris made a motion to proceed with the promotion of the next person on the Sergeant’s Eligibility List. Commissioner Long inquired as to who was the next person on the list. Some discussion ensued, and Commissioner Dodaro advised the next person on the list is Corporal James Turturillo. Commissioner Long requested that this item be tabled and discussed at a later time, as he did not feel he was ready to vote on this matter at the present time. Commissioner Dodaro stated the matter can be tabled and since there was an Executive Session already scheduled, it could be discussed then. Chief Frego requested the Police Commission meet sooner rather than later to discuss this matter. Commissioner Dodaro advised an Executive Session is scheduled immediately following this meeting, and they could discuss this matter at tonight’s Executive Session.

In response to Commissioner Long’s inquiries, Commissioner Dodaro stated Corporal Turturillo is the next in line to be promoted. Commissioner Dodaro advised the issue is the Police Department has an opening, actually, two (2) positions open, and it is currently lacking supervision. The intent is to start putting officers in place to tighten things up and move forward. Corporal Turturillo is next on the list, and it is his (Commissioner Dodaro’s) recommendation to promote Corporal Turturillo. Commissioner Dodaro continued by stating in the near future, they would then prepare for another Sergeant’s test and let the other officers compete for that. Commissioner Long stated he would like to discuss this further in the Executive Session.

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego stated, as the Commission was aware, they have ordered three (3) new cars. He received a call today advising the new cars have arrived. Chief Frego stated the financing issues should be settled in the near future, and the vehicles will then be delivered. In response to Commissioner Farris’ question, Chief Frego advised two (2) of the vehicles will be marked with lights on top, and one (1) vehicle will be a black and white semi marked vehicle with lights inside for the sergeant.

ANY AND ALL

There were no comments made under “Any and All.”

PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no comments made under “Public Comment.”

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, May 14, 2012. 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 Long, the meeting was adjourned at 7:17 P.M. (4-0).

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

______________________________
Rose Hejl, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Gorcos, Recording Secretary

04-26-2012 Police Commission

April 26, 2012 Police Commission Special Meeting Minutes

The April 2012 Special Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on April 26, 2012 at 6:45 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law. Commissioner Dodaro called the meeting to order promptly at 6:45 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 Robert Long. Also present was Chief of Police Fred Frego. Commissioner Ronald Vale and Town Council Liaison Kenneth Gembala were not present at this meeting. There was no legal representation present at this meeting.

OLD BUSINESS

General Order 21.06 – Social Networking –
Commissioner Hejl made a motion to approve General Order 21.06 – Social Networking as presented. With a second by Commissioner Long, the motion carried unanimously (4-0).

NEW BUSINESS

Personnel Matters – Emergency Hire –
Commissioner Dodaro advised the Commission had before them the matter of an Emergency Hire, which was previously discussed at the April 9, 2012 Regular Meeting. Commissioner Hejl made a motion to authorize Chief Frego to proceed with the process for an Emergency Hire. With a second by Commissioner Farris, the motion carried unanimously (4-0). Chief Frego advised the process will be started tomorrow, if time permits; otherwise, it will be started on Monday, April 30, 2012. The physical agility test will be scheduled soon, and Chief Frego promised to advise the Commission of that date. Some discussion ensued.
Personnel Matters – Vacant Sergeant’s Position –
Commissioner Dodaro advised there currently is an open Sergeant’s position. Commissioner Long made a motion to fill the vacant Sergeant’s position with the next eligible officer on the Sergeant’s Eligibility List. With a second by Commissioner Farris, the motion carried unanimously (4-0). Some discussion ensued. It was determined the promotion of Corporal James Turturillo to the rank of Sergeant would take place at the Commission’s next regular meeting scheduled for May 14, 2012. Chief Frego thanked the Commission for approving this promotion.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Farris made a motion for adjournment. With a second by Commissioner Hejl, the meeting was adjourned at 6:50 P.M. (4-0).

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

______________________________
Rose Hejl, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Gorcos, Recording Secretary

05-14-2012 Police Commission Meeting Canceled
06-11-2012 Police Commission

June 11, 2012 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The June 2012 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on June 11, 2012 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 Rose Hejl. Also present were Chief of Police Fred Frego and Town Council Liaison Kenneth Gembala. Commissioners Robert Long and Ronald Vale were not present. No legal representation was present at the meeting.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

April 9, 2012 Regular Meeting and April 26, 2012 Special Meeting - Commissioner Hejl made a motion to approve the minutes as written from the April 9, 2012 Regular Meeting and the April 26, 2012 Special Meeting. With a second by Commissioner Farris, the motion carried unanimously (3-0).

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

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

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Chief Frego read the monthly report for May 2012. Chief Frego stated that from May 1, 2012 through May 31, 2012, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 19,777 miles and responded to 519 incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 20 adult arrests with 35 charges being filed, and 9 juvenile arrests with 9 charges being filed. There were 215 traffic citations issued along with 46 written warnings for a total of 261 citations being issued during the month of May 2012 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 $9,482.00. The total value of recovered property was $0.00. Chief Frego commented that there were a total of 896 traffic stops made by the St. John police officers in the month of March. The total number of citations issued, through both duty and grant activity, was 610. Commissioner Dodaro questioned what type of property was recovered this month. Chief Frego advised that the $15,200 was the value of a recovered vehicle as well as a couple of miscellaneous items stolen in a burglary.

Note: There was a typographical error pointed out by Commissioner Farris regarding the total number of citations being issued during the month of May 2012. The correct number is 261, as indicated above.

Chief Frego advised that the officers just finished working a grant during the month of May, and the total number of traffic stops for May 2012 is 779. Commissioner Dodaro inquired about the number of traffic accidents in comparison to years’ past. Chief Frego stated there has been no significant increase.

OLD BUSINESS

There were no items of “Old Business.”

HUMAN RESOURCES

New Hire Update –
Chief Frego advised that Officer Daniel Kolodziej is doing well at the Academy, and he has heard no negative comments regarding his time at the Academy. Officer Kolodziej is expected to graduate from the Academy on Friday, August 3, 2012.
Emergency Hire –
Commissioner Dodaro advised interviews regarding the Emergency Hire are scheduled for this Saturday, June 16, 2012. Based on the result of those interviews, an offer of conditional employment will be made pending the passing of all necessary tests.

NEW BUSINESS

Chief Frego requested the Commission’s permission to attend the annual IACP Conference scheduled for October 3-5, 2012 in San Diego, California. Chief Frego stated this is an excellent conference that provides much valuable and useful information, and the Department currently has funds in the L.E.C.E. line item to cover the cost. Commissioner Hejl made a motion to approve Chief Frego’s attendance at the annual IACP Conference scheduled for October 2012 in San Diego, California. With a second by Commissioner Farris, the motion carried unanimously (3-0).

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego advised the Commission that Officer Eric Andersen was injured on a call on Memorial Day. Officer Andersen has already had an MRI and is in the process of being evaluated by the doctor. At this time, it is not known how long Officer Andersen will be off work. Commissioner Dodaro asked Chief Frego to notify the Commission of the results of Officer Andersen’s MRI. Some discussion ensued.

Chief Frego advised the three (3) new squad cars are parked behind the station. The installation of equipment for the new squads is being done in-house by Cliff Wroe. Cliff is doing a great job, and is a very knowledgeable “Tech Guy.” Also, with Cliff doing the installation, the Department is saving money.

ANY AND ALL

Councilman Gembala thanked the Police Department for making the new ID Badges for the Fire Department. Some discussion ensued.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Mr. Adrian Bugariu, off 11747 W. 90th Avenue, addressed the Commission by stating he strongly believes he made requests and those requests should be carried out; namely, Chief Frego resigns, Bill Dodaro resigns, and (Sergeant) Fryzel’s behavior behind the wheel is unacceptable. He stated that he demands these requests be carried out. Commissioner Dodaro thanked Mr. Bugariu for his input.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting will be on Monday, July 9, 2012. 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 7:12 P.M. (3-0).

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

______________________________
Rose Hejl, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Gorcos, Recording Secretary

07-09-2012 Police Commission

July 9, 2012 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The July 2012 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on July 9, 2012 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 Robert Long. Also present were Chief of Police Fred Frego and Town Council Liaison Kenneth Gembala. Commissioner Ronald Vale was not present. No legal representation was present at the meeting.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

June 11, 2012 Regular Meeting - Commissioner Hejl made a motion to approve the minutes as written from the June 11, 2012 Regular Meeting. With a second by Commissioner Farris, the motion carried unanimously (4-0).

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

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

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Chief Frego read the monthly report for June 2012. Chief Frego stated that from June 1, 2012 through June 30, 2012, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 17,389 miles and responded to 558 incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 19 adult arrests with 30 charges being filed, and 1 juvenile arrest with 2 charges being filed. There were 146 traffic citations issued along with 15 written warnings for a total of 161 citations being issued during the month of June 2012 by the officers of the St. John Police Department. Also during the month of June, vehicle thefts totaled $0.00, and all other thefts totaled $1,263.00. The total value of recovered property was $0.00. The total number of traffic stops, through both duty and grant activity, for the month of June was 325. The total number of Traffic Stops year-to-date is 3,096.

OLD BUSINESS

There were no items of “Old Business.”

HUMAN RESOURCES

Emergency Hire –
Commissioner Hejl read a letter addressed to Chief Frego and received earlier today, July 9, 2012. Said letter was from Lucas Zuzich, Police Officer applicant, and advised of Mr. Zuzich’s acceptance of the conditional offer of employment from Chief Frego. Mr. Zuzich’s also advised that once his position with the St. John Police Department is official, he must provide the Merrillville Police Department with a four (4) week notice of his resignation. Mr. Zuzich thanked Chief Frego for this employment opportunity and stated he looked forward to becoming a member of the St. John Police Department. Some discussion ensued.

NEW BUSINESS

In response to Commissioner Farris’ inquiry, Chief Frego advised the Fire Department’s Annual Open House will be held the first weekend in October. Councilman Gembala stated that the Annual Open House will also coincide with the Town of St. John’s 175th Anniversary Celebration. Chief Frego stated the Police Department will not be hosting their Annual Night Out Against Crime in August, but will include this event with the Fire Department’s Annual Open House and the Town’s 175th Anniversary Celebration.

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego reminded the Commission that they had an Executive Session scheduled with the Town Council for tomorrow night, July 10, 2012 at 7:00 P.M.

ANY AND ALL

There were no matters of “Any and All.”

PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no matters of “Public Comment.”

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting should be held on Monday, August 13, 2012; however, due to the unavailability of the Commissioners, they chose to tentatively re-schedule their next Regular Meeting for Tuesday, August 7, 2012, pending availability of the Town Hall Meeting Room. 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 7:13 P.M. (4-0).

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

______________________________
Rose Hejl, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Gorcos, Recording Secretary

08-07-2012 Police Commission

August 7, 2012 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The August 2012 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on August 7, 2012 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 Rose Hejl. Commissioner Robert Long arrived shortly after the start of the meeting. Also present was Chief of Police Fred Frego. Commissioner Ronald Vale and Town Council Liaison Kenneth Gembala were not present. No legal representation was present at the meeting.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

July 9, 2012 Regular Meeting - Commissioner Hejl made a motion to approve the minutes as written from the July 9, 2012 Regular Meeting. With a second by Commissioner Farris, the motion carried unanimously (3-0).

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

Commissioner Dodaro advised the Commission has received written communication regarding an EEOC Complaint filed against the Commission. The matter has been turned over to the Town attorney.

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Chief Frego read the monthly report for July 2012. Chief Frego stated that from July 1, 2012 through July 31, 2012, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 17,692 miles and responded to 534 incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 15 adult arrests with 20 charges being filed, and 2 juvenile arrests with 3 charges being filed. There were 165 traffic citations issued along with 12 written warnings for a total of 177 citations being issued during the month of July 2012 by the officers of the St. John Police Department. Also during the month of July, vehicle thefts totaled $26,000.00, and all other thefts totaled $20,772.00. The total value of recovered property was $0.00. Chief Frego commented that the vehicle thefts and the high dollar amount of other thefts were due to a theft that occurred at Redbud Landscaping. The total number of traffic stops, through both duty and grant activity, for the month of July was 503. The total number of Traffic Stops year-to-date is 3,599.

OLD BUSINESS

There were no items of “Old Business.”

HUMAN RESOURCES

Chief Frego stated he attended the graduation last Friday for Officer Daniel Kolodziej, who graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield, IN. Chief Frego state it was a very nice ceremony. Chief Frego also stated he is sure Officer Kolodziej is going to do well, and he was already put to work on the Saturday immediately following the graduation.
Emergency Hire –
Chief Frego advised that Lucas Zuzich has completed all the requirements of his conditional offer, and the Department was currently waiting for his approval from PERF. Typically, it takes between 10-14 days for PERF approval.

Commissioner Dodaro stated the Commission will need to entertain the idea of completing a new Police Officer Eligibility List. Suggestions will be heard at the next Executive Session.

In response to Commissioner Long’s inquiry, Chief Frego advised we currently have 12 or 13 Reserve Officers. Commissioner Long then asked if it is the goal of the Police Department to look to them (the Reserve Officers) first or experienced police officers. Chief Frego advised it is the Department’s recent history to hire Reserves starting as far back as Corporal Dahlin. Chief Frego stated it is his belief that the Department has a reputation for hiring our Reserves. Chief Frego further stated the ones that have been hired were all good Reserves, and they are all good Police Officers.

In regards to the Eligibility List, Chief Frego stated he felt the Commission should hold off until the official word on the grant is received. If the Grant goes forward, the Department will have to hire a veteran, and that is going to take a different type of campaign to advertise for eligible people. Chief Frego stated they have approximately another month to reply to the grant. The grant was issued on June 12th, and the Department has 90 days to answer.

NEW BUSINESS

There were no matters of “New Business” brought forward at tonight’s meeting.

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego advised the Commission that the Town’s 175th anniversary was coming up soon, and it was going to be a big, 2-day ordeal. There will be a band and a beer tent. The dates for the celebration are Saturday and Sunday, October 6 and 7, respectively. Chief Frego advised that the annual Open House will also be held at this time as well. Also, St. John the Evangelist has their Oktoberfest going on at the same time.

Chief Frego advised that Officer Eric Andersen had surgery on his knee, and his next schedule appointment August 24, 2012 for evaluation. Chief Frego said that he does not know how long Officer Andersen will be out. Chief Frego stated he was not sure if this is the right time, but he felt discussion should be held regarding light duty for injured officers (i.e., work in the Radio Room, station reports, etc.). Commissioner Farris stated that a time limit for light duty should be considered. Some discussion was held.

ANY AND ALL

There were no matters of “Any and All.”

PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no matters of “Public Comment.”

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting should be held on Monday, September 10, 2012. 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 Long made a motion for adjournment. With a second by Commissioner Hejl, the meeting was adjourned at 7:10 P.M. (4-0).

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

______________________________
Rose Hejl, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Gorcos, Recording Secretary

08-13-2012 Police Commission Rescheduled to 08-07-2012
09-10-2012 Police Commission

September 10, 2012 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The September 2012 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on September 10, 2012 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, along with Town Council Liaison Kenneth Gembala, were not present. No legal representation was in attendance at the meeting.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

August 7, 2012 Regular Meeting - Commissioner Vale made a motion to approve the minutes as written from the August 7, 2012 Regular Meeting. With a second by Commissioner Farris, the motion carried unanimously (3-0).

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

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

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Chief Frego read the monthly report for August 2012. Chief Frego stated that from August 1, 2012 through August 31, 2012, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 18,344 miles and responded to 541 incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 35 adult arrests with 53 charges being filed, and 3 juvenile arrests with 4 charges being filed. There were 250 traffic citations issued along with 52 written warnings for a total of 302 citations being issued during the month of August 2012 by the officers of the St. John Police Department. Also during the month of August, vehicle thefts totaled $0.00, and all other thefts totaled $250.00. The total value of recovered property was $0.00. The total number of citations and warnings, through both duty and grant activity, for the month of August was 665. The total number of Citations and Warnings issued, through both duty and grant activity, is 4,147. The total number of traffic stops, through both duty and grant activity, for the month of August was 630. The total number of Traffic Stops year-to-date is 4,229.

Regarding the parking restrictions in Ventura Estates and Heron Lake Subdivisions and the numerous violations of those restrictions, Commission Farris stated the violations were recently brought to the attention of the Police Department again. Commissioner Farris commented that the Police Department addressed the matter quickly and very efficiently. Commissioner Farris stated he appreciated the Department’s assistance in this matter.

Commissioner Dodaro stated he was aware there was a mass of criminal damage to property done one night (damage to mailboxes, vehicles, etc.), and there were several arrests made. Chief Frego stated there were approximately 22-23 incidents reported, mainly regarding mailboxes being destroyed. There were also a few vehicles that had windows broken out due to rocks being thrown through them. Chief Frego stated three (3) individuals were apprehended regarding the criminal damage; two (2) were adults and one (2) was a juvenile. All individuals have been charged, and the Department is hoping to get restitution for all of the victims. Chief Frego stated the officers did a really good job on this case because the suspects were not caught in the act. Chief Frego stated due to an officer’s keen observation of a vehicle in the area prior to the damage being discovered, that they were able to solve this case. The officer was out on a Special Surveillance Detail, and he advised Corporal J. Dahlin of the vehicle he had seen earlier in the area of where the property damage incidents occurred. Corporal Dahlin and Dispatcher C. Wroe then did a search through our records management program for vehicles like the one that was observed. They then narrowed down the search to those that were registered to subjects in St. John. The officers then checked those locations in St. John, and found a vehicle that matched the description, and its hood was still warm to the touch at 3 o’clock in the morning. The officers knocked on the door, got the parents up, talked to the parents, and the rest is history. We are estimating there is approximately $20,000.00 in damages. Commissioner Dodaro stated the officers did a tremendous job on this case, and he wanted the other Commissioners to be aware of it. Some discussion ensued.

In response to Commissioner Dodaro’s questions, Chief Frego advised Dispatcher Cliff Wroe and his wife had twin girls born two (2) weeks ago, and everybody is doing well. The Commission asked that their congratulations be forwarded to the Wroe Family.

OLD BUSINESS

There were no items of “Old Business.”

HUMAN RESOURCES

Emergency Hire –
Commissioner Dodaro stated the Department has officially hired Officer Lucas Zuzich, formerly of the Merrillville Police Department. Chief Frego stated Officer Zuzich was sworn in last Friday, and today was his first day. Officer Zuzich will be on an accelerated FTO Program as he is a veteran officer. He will be working on familiarizing himself with the Department’s Policies and Procedures and the geography of the Town. Chief Frego stated that hopefully, Officer Zuzich will be ready for the road in approximately 10 days.
Creation of New Eligibility List –
Chief Frego asked the Commission when they would like to start the process to create a new Eligibility List. Some discussion ensued regarding the grant St. John was awarded to hire a veteran as a police officer, which has not yet been accepted, and the terms of that grant. Chief Frego also stated he has been involved in preliminary negotiations with the Lake Central High School regarding putting a police officer in school. Chief Frego stated he made a proposal to the St. John Town Council, and this Commission, that the Department co-op with Dyer, Schererville and the Lake Central School Corporation to fund the officer in the school as St. John cannot afford to do this alone. Chief Frego added Lake Central is in dire need of a police officer in the school. Chief Frego stated he met with the principals from Lake Central, along with the police chiefs from Dyer and Schererville, and all parties are in favor of placing an officer in the school. It is anticipated that it will cost each town and the school corporation approximately $20,000 per year to put an officer in the school. The officer placed in the school would be a current St. John officer. Some discussion ensued. Chief Frego stated he would know by October 1, 2012 whether the Town will be accepting or declining the grant to hire a veteran. The Commission decided to wait until after October 1, 2012 to start the process to create a new eligibility list.

NEW BUSINESS

There were no matters of “New Business” brought forward at tonight’s meeting.

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego advised the Town will be celebrating its 175th Anniversary on October 6-7, 2012, and Sunday, October 7, 2012 will be the Annual Open House for Police and Fire. Commissioner Dodaro stated he would be in attendance.

ANY AND ALL

There were no matters of “Any and All.”

PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no matters of “Public Comment.”

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting should be held on Monday, October 8, 2012. 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 7:16 P.M. (3-0).

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

______________________________
Rose Hejl, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Gorcos, Recording Secretary

10-08-2012 Police Commission

October 8, 2012 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The October 2012 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on October 8, 2012 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. Town Council Liaison Kenneth Gembala was not present. No legal representation was in attendance at the meeting.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

September 10, 2012 Regular Meeting - Commissioner Hejl made a motion to approve the minutes as written from the September 10, 2012 Regular Meeting. With a second by Commissioner Vale, the motion carried unanimously (5-0).

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

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

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Chief Frego read the monthly report for September 2012. Chief Frego stated that from September 1, 2012 through September 30, 2012, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 17,497 miles and responded to 515 incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 22 adult arrests with 31 charges being filed, and 10 juvenile arrests with 17 charges being filed. There were 224 traffic citations issued along with 49 written warnings for a total of 273 citations being issued during the month of September 2012 by the officers of the St. John Police Department. Also during the month of September, vehicle thefts totaled $2,525.00, and all other thefts totaled $6,405.00. The total value of recovered property was $0.00. The total number of citations and warnings issued, through both duty and grant activity, for the month of October was 385. The total number of Citations and Warnings issued, through both duty and grant activity, for the year to date is 4,532. The total number of traffic stops, through both duty and grant activity, for the month of October was 412. The total number of Traffic Stops year-to-date is 4,641.

OLD BUSINESS

There were no items of “Old Business.”

HUMAN RESOURCES

Emergency Hire –
Chief Frego advised Officer Lucas Zuzich has completed a brief FTO Program and has been released for solo duty. Chief Frego stated Officer Zuzich is doing a good job. Commissioner Dodaro commented, “Officer Zuzich was a very impressive young man.”
Creation of New Eligibility List –
In response to Commissioner Dodaro’s question, Chief Frego advised today was the “drop dead day” to accept the grant. Chief Frego stated he has not heard anything to date from the Town Council regarding this matter. Chief Frego advised he contacted the COPS Office last week and spoke with a representative about an extension on the grant, as well as he sent a letter requesting an extension. As of tonight, Chief Frego stated he has not heard whether the extension has been granted. Commissioner Dodaro stated it was his opinion the Commission should put the creation of an Eligibility List on hold until they receive a definite yes or no regarding the grant offer. Commissioner Long made a motion to place the matter of creating an Eligibility List on hold until word is received one way or the other regarding the hiring of an officer through the grant. With a second by Commissioner Hejl, the motion carried unanimously (5-0).
Corporal’s Promotional Test –
Commissioner Dodaro stated the Commission should set a date for the Corporal’s written test. Regarding the actual written test itself, Chief Frego advised the last Corporal’s Test was composed by the Department. Some discussion ensued. Commissioner Farris inquired as to the cost of going outside and ordering a test. Chief Frego explained the cost was not a lot, but it requires a study list and the whole process would be time consuming. Some discussion ensued regarding the Department’s Corporal’s Test.

In response to the Commission’s question, Chief Frego advised that all patrol officers would be eligible to take the Corporal’s Test with the exception of the last three (3) hires; namely, Officers Lucas Zuzich, Daniel Kolodziej, and David Rybicki. More discussion ensued regarding the test and a date for the test.

In response to Commissioner Vale’s question regarding how many Corporal positions were open; Chief Frego advised that currently there are two (2) sergeants and two (2) corporals on the crews. Chief Frego stated in order to continue with explaining what he would like to do with the department, he would need to skip down on the agenda to “Chief’s Comments,” then the Commission would better understand what he would like to accomplish with the Corporal.

Chief Frego advised he has seen a presentation on a program that interested him a couple of times but at those times, the Department did not have the manpower to do what was suggested in the program. Chief Frego stated it is called ILEAC (Indiana Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission), which is similar to CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies). Commissioner Dodaro explained CALEA is a National Law Enforcement Certification. ILEAC mirrors CALEA, but is on a State level and is less expensive.

Chief Frego stated ILEAC is the same principle as CALEA. There has to be an Accreditation Manager, who is an officer from the Department that is appointed to the position. The Department would have to apply to ILEAC. The application fee is $500. Once the application is made and the Department is accepted, it will take approximately 1 to 1-1/2 years to complete the process to become accredited. Chief Frego commented ILEAC is sponsored by the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police. There is a yearly fee of $1,500 to keep the Department accredited. The $1,500 covers the cost of ILEAC personnel visiting the Department every year and auditing the Department. ILEAC will look through the Department’s proofs of accreditation. Chief Frego then gave an example of a “proof of accreditation.” The appointed Accreditation Manager would have to go a 1-day training class to learn the generalities of the program. ILEAC personnel will come to the station to monitor what is being done by the Department during the Accreditation Process. In essence, every policy the Department has will be reviewed and possibly altered according to ILEAC’s standards. Some policies may have to be written if we currently do not have them. Every area of the Department will be covered, i.e. Records, Evidence, Patrol, PBT’s, Radar Guns, etc. Chief Frego described the audit process. Chief Frego stated he believes the accreditation reduces liability issues because the Department will get better training. Some discussion ensued. Chief Frego stated most officers initially do not like the program because they think it is too strict and stringent, but he feels it brings the Department up to a professional level. Commissioner Farris stated it makes the Department the best of the best of the best. There are only 20 departments in the State of Indiana that are accredited. Schererville and Munster are CALEA, and it costs them approximately $15,000 per year to stay accredited. Commissioner Long queried if the fees were paid by the officers or the Department, and he was advised the Department would pay the fees.

Chief Frego stated normally most departments appoint a Corporal, a Sergeant, or even a Lieutenant for the position of Accreditation Manager. Chief Frego stated he would like to place a Sergeant in this position. The position requires a good administrative person as there is a lot of paperwork and a lot of detail involved. The Accreditation Manager’s position is an 8-hour a day job, 5-days a week. Chief Frego stated again he would like to make a Sergeant the Accreditation Manager who would work him on the Accreditation Process. This would be the sole duty of that officer. Chief Frego then stated he would like to replace the Sergeant, who is appointed to be the Accreditation Manager, with a new Corporal. Chief Frego stated with the addition of the officer that was just hired, the staffing for this accreditation is right; however, the Department’s staffing was never right before.

Discussion ensued on the timeframe to accomplish the Corporal’s test and the start of the Accreditation Process. Commissioner Hejl made a motion to conduct the Corporal’s Promotional test on Saturday, November 17, 2012, at 1:00 P.M., in the Training Room of the Public Safety Facility. With a second by Commissioner Long, the motion carried unanimously (5-0). The date for the Oral Interviews will be announced later. Chief Frego will notify the qualified officers of the Corporal’s Test.

NEW BUSINESS

Commissioner Hejl made a motion to approve the start of the ILEAC Accreditation of the St. John Police Department. With a second by Commissioner Vale, the motion carried unanimously. Chief Frego reiterated the cost to apply for the St. John Police Department is $500, and the annual fee for the accreditation is $1,500. The Accreditation Process will take approximately 1 to 1-1/2 years to accomplish. The Department will have to recertify every three (3) years. Some discussion ensued.

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego provided his comments earlier in the meeting.

ANY AND ALL

There were no matters of “Any and All.”

PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no matters of “Public Comment.”

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting should be held on Monday, November 12, 2012. 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 motion carried (5-0). The meeting was adjourned at 7:21 P.M.

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

______________________________
Rose Hejl, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Gorcos, Recording Secretary

11-12-2012 Police Commission

November 12, 2012 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The November 2012 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on November 12, 2012 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 of Police Fred Frego and Town Council Liaison Kenneth Gembala. Commissioners Donald Farris and Robert Long were not present. No legal representation was in attendance at the meeting.

PRESENTATION BY MRS. MARION THIEL

Mrs. Marion Thiel addressed the Commission with a story regarding her late husband, James Thiel. Mrs. Thiel advised years ago when Jim came home after 2 years and 9 months in the service, Jim’s friend Bob Miller, who was a Town Marshall at that time, advised the Town Council at that time that he wanted Jim to be his Deputy. The Town Council agreed that Jim could be a Deputy, but they stated he could not carry a gun. It was decided that Jim could carry a “billy club.” Mrs. Thiel then showed the Commission the “billy club” that Jim had been given. The “billy club” was just a heavy spring wrapped in black electrical tape. Mrs. Thiel stated she thought it was time to surrender the weapon because she did not want to be caught with it! Some discussion ensued while the “billy club” was viewed by Commissioners. Chief Frego stated a search was underway in an attempt to locate some of Jim Thiel’s documents from when he was a Deputy, and they would be placed on display with the “billy club.” The Commission thanked Mrs. Thiel for her story and for surrendering the weapon!

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

October 8, 2012 Regular Meeting - Commissioner Hejl made a motion to approve the minutes as written from the October 8, 2012 Regular Meeting. With a second by Commissioner Vale, the motion carried unanimously (3-0).

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

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

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Chief Frego read the monthly report for October 2012. Chief Frego stated that from October 1, 2012 through October 31, 2012, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 19,959 miles and responded to 477 incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 22 adult arrests with 37 charges being filed, and 3 juvenile arrests with 5 charges being filed. There were 230 traffic citations issued along with 28 written warnings for a total of 258 citations being issued during the month of October 2012 by the officers of the St. John Police Department. Also during the month of September, vehicle thefts totaled $70,000.00, and all other thefts totaled $11,044.00. The total value of recovered property was $0.00. The total number of citations and warnings issued, through both duty and grant activity, for the month of October was 859. The total number of Citations and Warnings issued, through both duty and grant activity, for the year to date is 5,391. The total number of traffic stops, through both duty and grant activity, for the month of October was 412. The total number of Traffic Stops year-to-date is 5,519.

OLD BUSINESS

ILEAC Accreditation –
Chief Frego advised the Department’s completed application and the $500 application fee were sent in to ILEAC, and the Department has been approved. On Friday, a thumb drive was received containing the necessary information to get the accreditation process started.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Corporal’s Promotional Test –
Commissioner Dodaro advised that the Corporal’s Promotional Test is scheduled for this Saturday, November 17, 2012, at 1:00 P.M. Five (5) officers have submitted letters requesting to take the test. The test will be given in the Training Room at the Police Department.
Creation of New Eligibility List –
After some discussion, it was decided to defer this item to the January 2013 Meeting.

NEW BUSINESS

There were no items of “New Business” at tonight’s meeting.

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego stated the ILEAC Accreditation is moving forward. Chief Frego also informed the Commission that Sergeant David Demeter’s mother had passed away recently.

ANY AND ALL

There were no matters of “Any and All.”

PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no matters of “Public Comment.”

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting should be held on Monday, December 10, 2012. 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 Vale, the motion carried (3-0). 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

12-10-2012 Police Commission

December 10, 2012 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The December 2012 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on December 10, 2012 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 were Chief of Police Fred Frego and Town Council Liaison Kenneth Gembala. Commissioner Robert Long was not present. No legal representation was in attendance at the meeting. Commissioner Dodaro acknowledged Town Councilman Larry Bustamante’s presence in the audience.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

November 12, 2012 Regular Meeting - Commissioner Hejl made a motion to approve the minutes as written from the November 12, 2012 Regular Meeting. With a second by Commissioner Vale, the motion carried unanimously (4-0).

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

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

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Chief Frego read the monthly report for November 2012. Chief Frego stated that from November 1, 2012 through November 30, 2012, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 18,790 miles and responded to 459 incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 18 adult arrests with 27 charges being filed, and 3 juvenile arrests with 4 charges being filed. There were 191 traffic citations issued along with 59 written warnings for a total of 250 citations being issued during the month of November 2012 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 $1,562.00. The total value of recovered property was $0.00. The total number of citations and warnings issued, through both duty and grant activity, for the month of October was 874. The total number of Citations and Warnings issued, through both duty and grant activity, for the year to date is 6,265. The total number of traffic stops, through both duty and grant activity, for the month of November was 937. The total number of Traffic Stops year-to-date is 6,456.

OLD BUSINESS

ILEAC Accreditation –
Chief Frego advised the Department is currently starting the process for accreditation. Chief Frego stated arrangements have been made to visit the Schererville Police Department on either Wednesday or Thursday of this week for the purpose of viewing how Schererville has their department set up. The Schererville Police Department is CALEA Certified, which ILEAC mirrors. Chief Frego commented the thumb drive with the necessary information to begin the accreditation process has arrived. Included on the thumb drive is a check list of 172 items that have to be gone through. Upon review of these 172 items, it may be determined that the Department will have to create some new policies, possibly modify some of the existing policies, and create forms for those policies. Chief Frego stated the accreditation process will be in full swing after the Holidays. In response to Commissioner Farris’ question, Chief Frego stated the whole accreditation process should take about a year, maybe a year and a half, to complete.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Corporal’s Promotional Test –
Commissioner Dodaro advised they have the results of the Corporal’s Promotional Test, and the Commission has finalized a Corporal’s Eligibility List, which will be posted tomorrow morning. Commissioner Dodaro stated five (5) patrol officers took the test, and all five (5) officers interviewed with the Commission. Commissioner Dodaro commented all the officers did very well, and it was a very tough decision to score it all out. Commissioner Dodaro stated he believes the Commission made a good list, and he feels these officers will help with the supervision in the Police Department. Commissioner Farris made a motion to accept the Corporal’s Eligibility List as presented. With a second by Commissioner Vale, the motion carried unanimously (4-0).
Creation of New Eligibility List –
This item has been deferred to the January 2013 Meeting, at which time the Commission will set a date for an orientation, and will move forward from there.

NEW BUSINESS

There were no items of “New Business” at tonight’s meeting.

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego stated the ILEAC Accreditation is moving forward. Chief Frego also stated he is looking forward to a better, more successful year in 2013. Chief Frego wished the Commission a Merry Christmas.

ANY AND ALL

Town Councilman Gembala advised there will be a Christmas luncheon for all Town employees on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at the Town Hall, and he extended an invitation to all members of the Police Commission.

PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no matters of “Public Comment.”

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting should be held on Monday, January 14, 2012. The Regular Public Meeting will begin at 6:30 P.M. There will be a Work Study Session only if deemed necessary. Any and all Executive Sessions will be advertised pursuant to law.

It should be noted that the Commission has agreed to change the start time of their meetings to 6:30 P.M., beginning with the January 14, 2013 meeting.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Hejl made a motion for adjournment. With a second by Commissioner Farris, the motion carried (4-0). The meeting was adjourned at 7:06 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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