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Police Commission Meeting Minutes 2014

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01-13-2014 Police Commission

January 13, 2014 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The January 2014 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on January 13, 2014 at 6:30 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law. Commissioner Hejl called the meeting to order promptly at 6:30 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, Rose Hejl, Robert Long, Ronald Vale, and Frank Chapranda. Also present were Chief of Police Fred Frego and Town Councilman Kenneth Gembala. No legal representation was in attendance at the meeting.

APPOINTMENTS

Appointments of Commissioners – Commissioner Vale made a motion to table Appointments until the time when a fifth Commissioner is added to the Commission. With a second by Commissioner Long, the motion carried (4-0).

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

December 16, 2013 Regular Meeting - Commissioner Vale made a motion to approve the minutes as written from the December 16, 2013 Regular Meeting. With a second by Commissioner Long, 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 December 2013. Chief Frego stated that from December 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 15,816 miles and responded to 427 law incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 11 adult arrests with 15 charges being filed, and 2 juvenile arrests with 4 charges being filed. There were 114 traffic citations issued along with 18 written warnings for a total of 132 citations being issued during the month of December 2013 by the officers of the St. John Police Department. Also during the month of December, vehicle thefts totaled $0.00, and all other thefts totaled $6,756.00. The total value of recovered property was $300.00. The total number of traffic stops for the month of November was 362, for a year-to-date total of 6,562 traffic stops.

Chief Frego explained some changes were made to the monthly report for the Year 2013; specifically, the Incident Classification Report. This report normally indicates the total types of Law Incidents that were handled by the Department for the month; however, Chief Frego advised the Incident Report now includes Traffic Stops, Vacation Checks, and Patrol Notifications. Chief Frego felt by adding these additional incident types to the report, it will reflect true activity of the officers. For example, Chief Frego explained that prior to adding these activities into the Incident Report, the Department showed we had 54 Vacation Checks for the Year 2013. However, the number 54 only reflects how many Vacation Checks were requested by residents during the Year 2013. Some of these residents are gone anywhere from a week to a couple of months. Meanwhile, the officers are making these checks every day. Prior to this change, the report did not reflect an accurate number indicating officer activity. Also, Chief Frego stated Patrol Notifications, which are Open Garage Door, Dome Light On, etc., were not reflected in this report to show officer activity. Traffic Stops have been indicated in the Monthly Report in the past, but now they have been included in the Incident Report, which shows officer activity.

OLD BUSINESS

There were no matters of “Old Business.”

HUMAN RESOURCES

Chief Frego stated Officer D. Wortsman is currently finishing his field training, and he should be released for solo duty shortly.

Chief Frego commented the Department has had staffing problems throughout the later part of 2013, mainly due to the fact Officer D. Oszust has been off on Worker’s Compensation since July. As of this time, Chief Frego stated it is not known when Officer Oszust will be returning. Further, he stated Officer Oszust had arthroscopic knee surgery on December 6, 2013, and now he has been informed that Officer Oszust has some type of back problem. Officer Oszust will be meeting with a back doctor as soon as he is released from the knee doctor. Due to Officer Oszust not returning to work, the Department has had to cancel the D.A.R.E. Program for the middle schools. The schools are going to allow the Department to present an alternative program, which will be a 2-3 session program. The Department has selected a second officer to be a D.A.R.E. Officer, who will be sent to training later this year, since it was determined that having more than one D.A.R.E. officer would be beneficial to prevent this type of situation in the future.

NEW BUSINESS

There were no matters of “New Business.”

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego informed the Commission that Fire Chief Fred Willman’s mother passed away on Friday, January 10, 2014. The wake will be held tomorrow at Elmwood Funeral Chapel, in St. John, from 3:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

ANY AND ALL

Chief Frego advised he had one more item for the Commission. Chief Frego stated back in June 2013, this Commission approved an Organizational Structure Chart, and there was discussion held at that time regarding what needed to be done to achieve that end. Chief Frego stated he would like to request authorization to conduct a Sergeant’s Examination. Commissioner Vale made a motion to authorize Chief Frego to conduct a Sergeant’s Examination. With a second by Commissioner Long, the motion carried (3-0-1). Commissioner Chapranda abstained from the vote.

Councilman Gembala stated he would like to comment on the two (2) officers that worked on Monday (January 6, 2014) and especially Tuesday (January 7, 2014). Councilman Gembala stated the storm was over but the road conditions were horrible because the salt was not working, and yet people were out everywhere. The Fire Department had responded to six (6) accidents, and those two (2) officers did a really great job patrolling the accident scenes, taking reports, and helping the Fire Department. Councilman Gembala stated they were out there in the 1963 Suburban, and they really did a good job. Councilman Gembala stated he would like the Commission to be aware of this.

PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no matters of “Public Comment.”

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting should be held on Monday, February 10, 2014. 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.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Vale made a motion for adjournment. With a second by Commissioner Chapranda, the motion carried (4-0). The meeting was adjourned at 6:39 P.M.

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

______________________________
Ronald Vale, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Gorcos, Recording Secretary

02-10-2014 Police Commission Meeting Canceled
03-10-2014 Police Commission

March 10, 2014 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The March 2014 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on March 10, 2014 at 6:30 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law. Commissioner Hejl called the meeting to order promptly at 6:30 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, Rose Hejl, Ronald Vale, Frank Chapranda, and Paul Haluska. Also present were Chief of Police Fred Frego and Town Councilman Kenneth Gembala. Commissioner Robert Long was running late; he arrived at approximately 6:45 P.M. No legal representation was in attendance at the meeting.

APPOINTMENTS

Appointments of Commissioners – Commissioner Hejl advised the Appointments of Commissioners will be deferred until later in tonight’s meeting as the Commission was going to address this topic once Commissioner Long arrived.

ANNUAL TOW MEETING

The Annual Tow Meeting – Representatives from Kubiak’s Service and Stan’s were present in the audience. Mr. Joe Kubiak, of Kubiak’s Service, advised everything was going good. Mr. Dan Lukasik, of Stan’s Towing, also stated everything was going good. Chief Frego stated service was good from the tow firms. There were no further comments. Chief Frego requested it be noted there were no representatives present from St. John Towing or Emerald Towing. Commissioner Vale stated he has heard the tow firms are doing a great job.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

January 13, 2014 Regular Meeting - Commissioner Chapranda moved to approve the minutes as written from the January 13, 2014 Regular Meeting. With a second by Commissioner Haluska, 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 February 2014. Chief Frego stated that from February 1, 2014 through February 28, 2014, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 16,836 miles and responded to 419 law incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 21 adult arrests with 38 charges being filed, and 0 juvenile arrests with 0 charges being filed. There were 181 traffic citations issued along with 42 written warnings for a total of 223 citations being issued during the month of February 2014 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 $3,025.00. The total value of recovered property was $0.00.

OLD BUSINESS

2013 Year-End Report – Commissioner Hejl stated she would like to recognize the 2013 Year-End Report that was on the Agenda for the February 10, 2014 meeting that was cancelled due to the lack of a quorum. Commissioner Vale commented that it was a good report. The Commission thanked Administrative Assistant Joan Gorcos for the work she does on the Year-End Report.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Retirement of Officer E. Andersen – Chief Frego advised Officer Eric Andersen retired from the St. John Police Department on February 28, 2014 after 29 years of service. A retirement party for Officer Andersen is going to be held on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at 6:00 P.M. at the St. John VFW. Chief Frego stated he has approved Officer Andersen’s request to become a St. John Reserve Officer. Officer Andersen has already accepted a new position with Judge Sam Cappas, and is currently working at the Lake County Government Center.

Chief Frego advised with the retirement of Officer Andersen, a conditional offer of employment was extended to the first candidate on the Department’s Eligibility List; namely, Ms. Stevie Bradich. Ms. Bradich sent an e-mail respectfully declining the offer as she is currently in the Police Academy in Illinois due to her acceptance of a police officer’s position with an Illinois Police Department. Therefore, a second conditional offer of employment was made to the second applicant on the list; namely, Ronald Olson. Mr. Olson is currently a certified police officer, who is a graduate of ILEA, and who is presently employed with the University of Indianapolis’ Police Department. Mr. Olson has accepted the conditional offer of employment. His physical and psychological tests have been scheduled. Upon his successful completion of these exams, his application will be forwarded to PERF for approval.

NEW BUSINESS

There were no matters of “New Business.”

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego stated he felt the St. John police officers did a good job this winter with the adverse weather conditions the area suffered this year. Chief Frego stated the Public Works Department and Fire Department also did well with the severe weather. Chief Frego stated he is looking forward to nicer weather; however, he heard there is more snow coming.

Chief Frego advised the new vehicles (Ford Explorers) are now on the road and they are look really nice. Further, Chief Frego stated the Town Council approved a 4x4 pickup truck for the Police Department at their meeting held last week. Delivery of this new vehicle is expected to be within 6-8 weeks. When the truck arrives, it will be marked and put into regular service. Chief Frego stated the Police Department’s fleet of vehicles is looking better.

As the Commission is aware, Chief Frego stated the Police Department is going through the process of Accreditation through ILEAC. Chief Frego advised Commissioner Haluska is familiar with Accreditation as he was involved with it when he was with the Schererville Police Department. Commissioner Haluska stated he was familiar with the CALEA Accreditation. Chief Frego advised the two (2) Accreditation Programs are basically the same; however, ILEAC has approximately 172 standards while CALEA has almost 500 standards. In June, ILEAC is going to increase the number of standards to 250, so the Police Department will have to increase our number of standards as well.

In light of questions from the Commission as to when they will be able to review the new standards, Chief Frego stated he received some very good information about Power DMS, which is an expensive software program for publishing the standards short of printing hard copies for all subscribers. The software has been ordered, but it has not arrived yet. The Department will be allowed 50 subscribers. Once the software is received and installed, and the policies are downloaded into the program, the Commissioners will then get access to the policies. Chief Frego stated not only do our policies have to be re-written to conform to the Accreditation; the Department will have to prove the policies are being practiced and enforced.

Commissioner Haluska stated he recalled that CALEA had an issue regarding reserve officers, and he queried if the same was true with ILEAC. Chief Frego stated he was aware CALEA did not like Reserve Officers. Commissioner Haluska said it was not that CALEA did not like Reserve Officers; it was that there was a very specific way they had to be trained. Basically, Reserve Officers had to go to a 15 week police academy at NILEA. Commissioner Haluska stated the only time he has seen this done was through the Town Marshall system. Some discussion was then held regarding the topic of Reserve Officers and Accreditation.

Chief Frego stated he was looking forward to getting the Power DMS System and then getting the policies out for review by the Commission. Commissioner Haluska stated the Power DMS System is good if it is used. More discussion ensued between Chief Frego and Commissioner Haluska about the Accreditation.

At 6:44 P.M., Commissioner Hejl called a five minute recess to await the arrival of Commissioner Long. Commissioner Long arrived at approximately 6:45 P.M. The meeting resumed at 6:47 P.M.

APPOINTMENTS

Chairman – Commissioner Chapranda moved to appoint Commissioner Ronald Vale as Chairman. With a second by Commissioner Haluska, the motion carried 3-1. Commissioner Hejl opposed the motion.

Vice-Chairman – Commissioner Vale moved to appoint Commissioner Frank Chapranda as Vice-Chairman. With a second by Commissioner Long, the motioned carried 3-1. Commissioner Hejl opposed the motion.

Secretary – Commissioner Long moved to appoint Commissioner Paul Haluska as Secretary. With a second by Commissioner Vale, the motion carried unanimously (4-0).

Recording Secretary – Commissioner Vale moved to appoint Joan Gorcos as Recording Secretary. With a second by Commissioner Haluska, the motion carried unanimously (4-0).

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, April 14, 2014. 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.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Vale moved for adjournment. With a second by Commissioner Haluska, the motion carried (4-0). The meeting was adjourned at 6:49 P.M.

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

______________________________
Paul Haluska, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Gorcos, Recording Secretary

04-14-2014 Police Commission

April 14, 2014 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The April 2014 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on April 14, 2014 at 6:30 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law. Commissioner Vale called the meeting to order promptly at 6:30 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, Ronald Vale, Frank Chapranda, Paul Haluska, Rose Hejl, and Robert Long. Also present were Chief of Police Fred Frego and Town Councilman Kenneth Gembala. Town Council President Mike Forbes was also in attendance. No legal representation was in attendance at the meeting.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

March 10, 2014 Regular Meeting - Commissioner Chapranda moved to approve the minutes as written from the March 10, 2014 Regular Meeting. With a second by Commissioner Haluska, 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 March 2014. Chief Frego stated that from March 1, 2014 through March 31, 2014, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 19,515 miles and responded to 434 law incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 21 adult arrests with 35 charges being filed, and 0 juvenile arrests with 0 charges being filed. There were 288 traffic citations issued along with 56 written warnings for a total of 344 citations being issued during the month of March 2014 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 $1,000.00. The total value of recovered property was $0.00.

OLD BUSINESS

Police Department’s Accreditation Process – Commissioner Vale advised this topic was covered during the Work Study Session that was held prior to the start of tonight’s meeting. Those in attendance at the Work Study Session, which began at 6:00 P.M., were Commissioners Ron Vale, Frank Chapranda, Pau Haluska, Rose Hejl and Bob Long, along with Chief Frego and Town Councilman Mike Forbes and Ken Gembala.

HUMAN RESOURCES

New Hire – Chief Frego advised at last month’s meeting, the Commission was informed that a conditional offer of employment was made to, an accepted by, the next candidate on the list; namely, Ronald Olson. Mr. Olson has been approved by PERF and is currently scheduled to be sworn in at the Town Council’s Regular Meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 7:00 P.M.

Sergeant’s Test – Chief Frego stated he still would like to have the Sergeant’s test, but his question was whether the Commission had decided to use the same test as last time, or were they considering going somewhere else for testing. The firm used last time was Stannard and Associates, which is endorsed by the Indiana Chiefs of Police Association, and the test was very comprehensive. The officers were given a couple of months to study for the test. Commissioner Haluska commented both the Lake County Police Department and the Schererville Police Department used Police Consultants, Inc. Commissioner Long asked Chief Frego if he had reviewed the test used previously, as he knew people struggled with the test. Chief Frego commented the people who struggled were the people who did not study. Commissioner Long stated he looked at the test and thought it was going to be easier than it was, and he felt it was a tough exam. Chief Frego stated the test should be tough. Commissioner Long stated he agreed the test should be tough, but he wanted to know if Chief Frego thought it was fair. Commissioner Hejl advised study materials were provided for the officers who were taking the test, and they were given four (4) months to study. Chief Frego stated the books were purchased by the Department for the officers taking the test. Chief Frego stated he is a firm believer that they need a tough test.

Chief Frego advised there are only three (3) officers eligible to take the Sergeant’s test. All three (3) officers have received at least the minimal 40 hours of supervisor training. Chief Frego stated he has no problem using Stannard and Associates again, but he did not know what the Commission wanted to do this time since they Commission was present at the last testing. Commissioner Long stated he could tell who did not study for the test, but he felt the question was whether the officers had enough time to prepare with their current work load and the amount of hours needed to study. Commissioner Long commented he did not recall the amount of books that were involved. Chief Frego stated there were three (3) books provided, and the officers had three (3) months to prepare. Also, Chief Frego commented the officers did not have to study the entire book, as it was noted as to what chapters of the book were on the test.

Commissioner Long stated since Chief Frego felt the officers had proper study materials and ample time to prepare, they should agree to do it again with Stannard and Associates. Commissioner Haluska stated County did the same thing, and there never were any problems. Further, Commissioner Haluska commented if they (the officers) are serious about this, they are going to study, and they are going to learn it. The officers are going to take notes, and then they will go over those notes. Commissioner Long commented that all the men are adults, and they should take the time to study; however, he wanted to make sure the Commission coaches them appropriately because one of the biggest failures the Commission could have would be not assisting the officers enough to help them achieve their goals. Commissioner Long suggested the possibility of a couple of study sessions being scheduled with persons who have taken the test previously in an effort to aid the officers in studying and preparing for the test. Commissioner Haluska stated he could give the officers some clues on how to study and how to prepare but unless he reads all the books, he would not be able to help them with the particular items they need to study. Some discussion ensued.

Commissioner Long queried as to how many officers took the test the last time. It was determined that four (4) officers took the test, and two (2) passed and two (2) failed. Some discussion was held regarding the scoring of the test (pass/fail, minimum score, seniority, military points, etc.). Commissioner Haluska stated points could be assigned according to the score the officer receives on the test. Sergeant Turturillo, who was one of the officers to take the test previously and who was present in the audience, was asked what he thought about the scoring of the test. Sergeant Turturillo stated he felt it would be okay if they used the score that is received on the test to assign points. Sergeant Turturillo felt if the Commission does a “pass/fail,” then there is no list. More discussion ensued.

Commissioner Chapranda stated feedback he had received indicated the officers were expecting to be tested on material related to the St. John Police Department, such as general orders, to demonstrate their knowledge of the Department itself. Commissioner Chapranda added the officers felt the test that was used came out of “left field.” Commissioner Long stated the officers who felt like that were the ones that did not study. Chief Frego stated it would be impossible to incorporate the St. John Police Department’s Policies and Procedures in the test from Stannard and Associates. Chief Frego suggested questions about the Department’s Policies and Procedures could be incorporated into the Oral Interviews. More discussion ensued.

Commissioner Vale stated the Commission agreed the test from Stannard and Associates is the test the Commission will continue to use for the Sergeant’s Test. As far as scoring, the Commission decided to use the criteria in the upcoming Promotion Policy that is being written as part of the Department’s Accreditation. Sergeant Turturillo advised the Commission could utilize the criteria even though it had not yet been approved by the Commission. With utilizing the new Promotion (scoring) criteria, Chief Frego stated there is no pass/fail on the test. More discussion ensued.

Commissioner Vale stated the Commission had approved Chief Frego to proceed with the Sergeant’s Test months ago; therefore, there was no reason to vote on the matter at tonight’s meeting. Chief Frego stated he had wanted to know the Commission’s preference on the testing process. Commissioner Long suggested when the books are passed out for the test, the Commission be given the responsibility of providing the officers the instructions for the test, in order to avoid the complaints that were received last time after the test. Further, Commission Long stated it was just standard operating procedure to complain about the test when people fail the test. By having the Commission handle the testing and instructions for the test, this would allow the officers to come to the Commission with their complaints about why they failed rather than go to the Chief or other people. Commissioner Haluska commented that someone is always going to complain that it is unfair. More discussion ensued.

In response to Chief Frego’ s question, the Commission confirmed it would be up to Chief Frego to determine the timeframe for the test. Chief Frego stated since summer is approaching, the Sergeant’s test will be held off until the end of summer, maybe the end of August, when most of the vacations are over with, as he felt the officers will be too distracted at this time to study and take the test.

NEW BUSINESS

There were no matters of “New Business.”

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego stated he had not more comments for tonight’s meeting.

ANY AND ALL

There were no matters of “Any and All.”

PUBLIC COMMENT

Chief Frego stated he would like to thank Sergeant James Turturillo for all the work he has done on the Accreditation. Chief Frego said he has been alongside Sergeant Turturillo working on the policies, and it has been a long process with a long ways yet to go. Further, Chief Frego added it is going to be even more work maintaining the Accreditation. The Commission thanked Sergeant Turturillo for his work. Sergeant Turturillo stated regarding the Sergeant’s test, the test did not have lot of the Department’s policies on it, but when he went back on the road, he did utilize some of the knowledge he gained while studying for the test. Sergeant Turturillo stated he felt the information on the test is very important knowledge an officer needs to have if they are a first line supervisor.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting should be held on Monday, May 12, 2014. 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.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Haluska moved for adjournment. With a second by Commissioner Chapranda, the motion carried (5-0). The meeting was adjourned at 6:57 P.M.

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

______________________________
Paul Haluska, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Gorcos, Recording Secretary

05-12-2014 Police Commission

May 12, 2014 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The May 2014 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on May 12, 2014 at 6:30 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law. Commissioner Vale called the meeting to order promptly at 6:30 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, Ronald Vale, Frank Chapranda, and Paul Haluska. Also present were Chief of Police Fred Frego and Town Councilman Kenneth Gembala. Commissioners Rose Hejl and Robert Long were not present. No legal representation was in attendance at the meeting.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

April 14, 2014 Regular Meeting - Commissioner Chapranda moved to approve the minutes as written from the April 14, 2014 Regular Meeting. With a second by Commissioner Haluska, 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 April 2014. Chief Frego stated that from April 1, 2014 through April 30, 2014, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 19,871 miles and responded to 474 law incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 19 adult arrests with 33 charges being filed, and 1 juvenile arrest with 1 charge being filed. There were 256 traffic citations issued along with 53 written warnings for a total of 309 citations being issued during the month of April 2014 by the officers of the St. John Police Department. Also during the month of April, vehicle thefts totaled $16,000.00, and all other thefts totaled $33,494.00. The total value of recovered property was $1,200.00.

OLD BUSINESS

Police Department’s Accreditation Process – Chief Frego advised the Department is almost done with the writing of the new policies, and the next step will be to adopt the new policies. Chief Frego felt the Commission would like to have a discussion whether to adopt all the policies at one time. In response to Commissioner Haluska’s query, Chief Frego stated there would be a mock audit in June. Commissioner Haluska recommended a mock audit prior to the actual audit and before adopting the policies. By doing so, Commissioner Haluska stated the policies could be tweaked whichever way that is needed. Chief Frego stated they will make sure the standards have been met, and he commented that there are 80 more policies coming next month.

Chief Frego stated there are many similarities between ILEAC and CALEA accreditation. Commissioner Haluska agreed both accreditations are very similar with the ILEAC policies being more condensed. Chief Frego and Commissioner Haluska agreed the accreditation is all about accountability and creditability, and it is good faith defense against litigation. Chief Frego advised after adoption, all officers will be trained regarding the new policies. Chief Frego advised the Commission their input is welcome regarding the policies. Some discussion ensued.

Chief Frego stated there are currently 172 new standards and in June, there will be an additional 80 new standards (policies). Chief Frego stated “Communications” has a large number of policies; however, with the 911 Consolidation coming, they have chosen not to go with those policies. Chief Frego advised the Town of St. John has not yet signed the agreement regarding the Consolidation, and he stated he was not sure how that was going to affect St. John. Some discussion ensued.

Chief Frego further commented St. John cannot do its own digital system as there are no digital frequencies left. Lake County has all the digital frequencies. Chief Frego commented that Policies and Procedures are currently being formed regarding the Consolidation but right now, St. John is not a part of that. Chief Frego stated his greatest fear is that the Town signs on in the eleventh hour, and then we are given an agreement and just have to go with it. Commissioner Haluska stated his biggest concern is Human Resources or the hiring process and what the Town is going to get out of it.

Chief Frego advised the facility for the 911 Consolidation will not be done by January 1, 2015. On January 1, 2015, all dispatchers who apply and get hired reference the 911 Consolidation will become County employees. All the current radio rooms in the various departments will still have to be manned until the new facility is running. Chief Frego stated an ideal situation for St. John would be for all of St. John’s current dispatchers to apply and get hired by County, and then they would be able to remain at St. John during the interim period. However, that is not going to happen as several of them have told Chief Frego they are not going to apply at County. Chief Frego stated the Town does not know what they are going to get to man the radio room until the new facility becomes operational, and then there is going to be a training issue for those County employees who will be manning the St. John radio room during the interim period. The Consolidation is only seven (7) short months away. Commissioners Vale and Haluska agreed it was going to be a rocky road ahead, and they both commented they had concerns.

Some discussion ensued regarding the Consolidation and the amount of control Chief Frego will have over the County employees. Chief Frego stated he would have only one (1) vote. In response to Commissioner Haluska’s question, Chief Frego advised the firing of any County employee manning the St. John radio room would have to be done by County. Chief Frego stated they are working through this, and his idea, which he expressed to Town Council President M. Forbes, is to train in-house personnel (Reserve Officers, full-time officers) to work the radio because we do not know what we are going to get from County to work the radio room.

HUMAN RESOURCES

New Hire – Chief Frego advised Officer Ronald Olson was sworn in at the Town Council’s Regular Meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 7:00 P.M., and he is currently in the FTO Program and doing well. He is a certified officer who was born and raised in St. John, so he knows a lot of the Town’s geography. Chief Frego stated everything he hears is that Officer Olson is progressing satisfactorily.

Sergeant’s Test – Chief Frego stated that to date, he has only received one (1) resume from an officer interested in partaking in the test. Chief Frego stated he will be contacting the other two (2) eligible officers tomorrow to see what their intentions are.

NEW BUSINESS

There were no matters of “New Business.”

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego stated he did not know whether the Commission was aware of the fact the Town Council purchased a pickup truck for the Police Department. The truck is going to be picked up tomorrow and it will be going to the Paint Shop as it is going to be a marked vehicle. Corporal Rudzinski is interested in having this new vehicle. Corporal Rudzinski currently has a new vehicle, but this vehicle will better suit his needs. Some discussion ensued regarding the Department’s Chevy Suburban.

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, June 9, 2014. 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.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Haluska moved for adjournment. With a second by Commissioner Chapranda, the motion carried (3-0). The meeting was adjourned at 6:41 P.M.

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

______________________________
Paul Haluska, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Gorcos, Recording Secretary

06-09-2014 Police Commission

June 9, 2014 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The June 2014 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on June 9, 2014 at 6:30 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law. Commissioner Vale called the meeting to order promptly at 6:30 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, Ronald Vale, Frank Chapranda, Paul Haluska, Rose Hejl and Robert Long. Also present were Chief of Police Fred Frego and Town Councilman Kenneth Gembala. No legal representation was in attendance at the meeting.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

May 12, 2014 Regular Meeting - Commissioner Chapranda moved to approve the minutes as written from the May 12, 2014 Regular Meeting. With a second by Commissioner Long, the motion carried unanimously (5-0).

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

Commissioner Haluska read a letter dated May 7, 2014, from Nancy Bogie of 12775 W. 93rd Avenue, St. John, Indiana. Said letter thanked the St. John Police Department for their recent efforts to control the speed of motorists on W. 93rd Avenue and on White Oak Avenue. Ms. Bogie stated the officers’ efforts have made a positive difference, and have eased the task of backing out of her driveway onto W. 93rd Avenue. Further, with the reduced speed of the traffic in the area, drivers are able to make left turns on to, and off of, W. 93rd Avenue without holding up traffic, and the tire screeching at the corner of White Oak Avenue and W. 93rd Avenue seems to have been eliminated.

Commissioner Hejl advised she had a verbal communication she would like to share with the Commission. She stated approximately a week before last month’s meeting, Adrian Bugariu stopped her and wanted her to confirm that Ron Vale was the Chairman (of the Police Commission). Commissioner Hejl stated she confirmed Commissioner Vale was the Chairman. She stated Mr. Bugariu went on to tell her how he was friends with Commissioner Vale’s son, and how they knew each other very well. Commissioner Hejl then stated Adrian Bugariu wanted her to be sure to tell Commissioner Vale he (Adrian Bugariu) was behind him in whatever he was going to do to get rid of Chief Frego, Mike Fryzel and Steve Kil. Commissioner Vale asked Commissioner Hejl why Adrian Bugariu would say such things. Commissioner Vale stated he has not spoken with Adrian Bugariu in 15 years. Commissioner Hejl stated she thought Commissioner Vale should know what Mr. Bugariu said. Commissioner Vale stated he appreciated her (Commissioner Hejl) letting him know. Chief Frego stated Mr. Bugariu filed a law suit against Steve Kil, Chief Frego and others in Town, but the Judge dismissed the law suit. Commissioner Vale stated he feels Mr. Bugariu is scary, and he is worried what Mr. Bugariu may do some day. Chief Frego stated this has been going on with Mr. Bugariu for at least the last 10 years. Commissioner Haluska stated it has been going on for longer than 10 years.

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Chief Frego read the monthly report for May 2014. Chief Frego stated that from May 1, 2014 through May 31, 2014, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 20,768 miles and responded to 503 law incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 27 adult arrests with 43 charges being filed, and 2 juvenile arrests with 2 charges being filed. There were 242 traffic citations issued along with 57 written warnings for a total of 299 citations being issued during the month of May 2014 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 $4,245.00. The total value of recovered property was $0.00.

OLD BUSINESS

Police Department’s Accreditation Process – Chief Frego advised the last of the standards have been finished, and they are available for review `online. Chief Frego stated the Department is now in the process of getting proofs prior to the mock assessment. In response to Commissioner Haluska’s inquiry, Chief Frego stated the 80 additional standards are still forthcoming.

Commissioner Hejl stated at last month’s meeting, Chief Frego asked if the Commission would like to discuss whether to adopt all the policies at one time or not, and she was inquiring as to whether the Commission made a decision on this matter. Commissioner Long stated he was not present at that meeting. Commissioner Haluska stated it was decided to wait until after the mock assessment, then the Commission would look at adopting the policies. Chief Frego stated the Commission needs to adopt the standards in order to go forward with the Accreditation. Some discussion ensued. The Commission stated a decision would be made by next month’s meeting.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Sergeant’s Test – Chief Frego stated he was finally able to make contact with Stannard and Associates and has ordered the Study Guides for the Sergeant’s Test. The five (5) areas covered on the test are: Police Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Legal Issues, Community Policing, and Police Supervision. Chief Frego stated he is working on acquiring the text books for the officers to use in studying for the test, either by purchasing or renting the books. The recommendation is to provide 30-45 days or more for officers to study the books prior to the test. Chief Frego stated he would like to set a September date for the test. Chief Frego added he would like to give the officers advance notice of when the test would be given. Some discussion ensued. The Commission chose to schedule Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 1:00 P.M. as the date for the Sergeant’s test. In response to Commissioner Long’s query, Chief Frego stated all three (3) eligible officers have indicated a desire to test.

NEW BUSINESS

There were no matters of “New Business.”

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego commented the new officer, Ronald Olson, is out on his own and doing well. Officer Olson is still learning his way around, but he knows Police Procedures very well and appears to be up to speed. Once in a while, he has some problems finding his way around but for the most part, he knows the Town.

Chief Frego stated the Police Department had a busy weekend. There was an incident on Saturday night wherein motorcycles, which were travelling at 130 mph, crashed on US 41. This incident was actually a Cedar Lake incident. There was a burglary in the Bramblewood Subdivision wherein the suspects kicked a door in to a home wherein the residents were out for the evening. The suspects were apprehended before the alarm company notified the station that there was a burglary. Some discussion ensued regarding the burglary.

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, July 14, 2014. 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.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Haluska moved for adjournment. With a second by Commissioner Chapranda, the motion carried (5-0). The meeting was adjourned at 6:42 P.M.

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

______________________________
Paul Haluska, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Gorcos, Recording Secretary

07-14-2014 Police Commission

July 14, 2014 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The July 2014 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on July 14, 2014 at 6:30 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law. Commissioner Vale called the meeting to order promptly at 6:30 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, Ronald Vale, Frank Chapranda, Paul Haluska, and Rose Hejl. Also present were Chief of Police Fred Frego and Town Councilman Kenneth Gembala. Commissioner Robert Long was not present due to a medical condition. No legal representation was in attendance at the meeting.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

June 9, 2014 Regular Meeting - Commissioner Chapranda moved to approve the minutes as written from the June 9, 2014 Regular Meeting. With a second by Commissioner Haluska, the motion carried unanimously (4-0).

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

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

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Chief Frego read the monthly report for June 2014. Chief Frego stated that from June 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 17,896 miles and responded to 505 law incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 19 adult arrests with 33 charges being filed, and 1 juvenile arrest with 1 charge being filed. There were 229 traffic citations issued along with 59 written warnings for a total of 288 citations being issued during the month of June 2014 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 $23,176.00. The total value of recovered property was $0.00.

OLD BUSINESS

Police Department’s Accreditation Process – Chief Frego advised the policies have been completed, and they are ready for adoption. Chief Frego advised it is time to begin gathering proofs; however, the policies must be adopted in order to implement them. Chief Frego asked if this was the Commission’s pleasure, then when were they going to adopt the policies? Commissioner Haluska queried if there was a distinct possibility the policies would have to be re-written after adoption. Chief Frego stated the policies would not have to be re-written after adoption because the policies have been checked for compliance as they were being written. Calls were made to ILEAC for direction regarding any policies where there were questions. Chief Frego stated it was his hope the Commissioners would review the policies and notify him of any changes they felt needed. Chief Frego stated the Accreditation is in limbo right now because they cannot move forward until the policies have been adopted and implemented. Chief Frego commented they had hoped to conduct the mock assessment in November so that they could continue moving forward with the Accreditation.

Commissioner Haluska inquired about the 80 new policies that were coming. Chief Frego advised they are still waiting for the other 80 policies to come out. They were supposed to be out in June, but they are still waiting for them.

Commissioner Hejl stated this is the third meeting the Commission has discussed the adoption of the policies for the Accreditation. At the meeting before last, Chief Frego asked if the Commission was going to adopt all the policies at once or not, and Commissioner Hejl stated she does not believe the Chairman decided what the Commission should do or what plan they were going to put together. Commissioner Hejl asked what the Commission was going to do reference the adoption of the policies, especially since the mock assessment is coming up in November. Commissioner Hejl stated this entailed a lot of reading to be done. Commissioner Vale asked Chief Frego if the Commission could be provided with something that indicated which policies had changed; because it was his understanding that some of the policies had not changed. Chief Frego stated he could provide the Commission with a list of all the current policies that are going to be removed, which will be replaced by new policies. Some of the old policies fit the standards, and we were able to retain those policies. Chief Frego stated the only thing that has to be done now is to gather proofs of all the policies. Proofs are evidence that the policies, which have been adopted, are being practiced and followed (i.e. Vehicle Inspections, Evidence Procedures, etc.). The proofs are a requirement of the Accreditation.

Commissioner Haluska stated if the Commission could get a list of current policies that already meet the criteria for Accreditation, then there would be no need for the Commission to review those standards as they are already in place. If Chief Frego could provide the Commission with that list, Commissioner Haluska stated it would save the Commission a little bit of time. Chief Frego stated he could get a list, from Sergeant J. Turturillo, of the policies that already meet the criteria for Accreditation, as well as a list of the policies that are being removed and replaced with new policies. Commissioner Vale stated once they had the lists, he would call an Executive Session and move forward with the Accreditation. Chief Frego stated the Commission would still have to adopt the policies at a public meeting. Some discussion ensued. Chief Frego stated he could have the lists from Sergeant Turturillo within a couple of days. Commissioner Vale asked Chief Frego to let him know when he has the lists, and then he would schedule an Executive Session regarding this matter. After some discussion, the Commission decided they would call a Work Study Session to review the policies, and then a Special Meeting in which to adopt the policies.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Sergeant’s Test – Chief Frego stated the Sergeant’s Test is scheduled for Saturday, September 27, 2014. The text books and study guides for the test were acquired and distributed on June 18, 2014, to the three (3) corporals who will be taking the test. There are five (5) text books; however, the study guides do not require the officer to read all five (5) text books in their entirety.

Additional Human Resource Matter – Chief Frego advised Officer David Oszust was injured on-duty on July 12, 2013. Officer Oszust has been off work on Workman’s Compensation, and he is still off on Workman’s Compensation. According to the Town of St. John Police Department’s Policies and Procedures, Officer Oszust will only be paid for one (1) year on Workman’s Compensation. After one (1) year, Officer Oszust needs to apply to PERF for disability. At this time, Chief Frego stated he does not know Officer Oszust’s current status. Chief Frego commented Officer Oszust had an appointment last week for evaluation but at this time, the results of that evaluation, and the status of the report, are not known. The evaluation report will go down state to Officer Oszust’s treating physician in Indianapolis, a Dr. Schwartz. Based on that evaluation, Dr. Schwartz will make a recommendation (i.e., 25% disabled, 50% disabled, etc.). Officer Oszust has some issues resulting from the accident.

Chief Frego stated he just wanted to make the Commission aware that as of July 28, 2014, Officer Oszust will no longer be paid by the St. John Police Department. Chief Frego stated he counseled Officer Oszust on this matter and gave him a letter, dated May 30, 2014, suggesting he seek assistance from PERF and to date, he has not heard anything back from Officer Oszust. Some discussion ensued.

NEW BUSINESS

There were no matters of “New Business.”

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego had no further comments.

ANY AND ALL

Councilman Gembala advised the Town of St. John was rated as the #4 Safest Place to Live in the State of Indiana. Councilman Gembala stated he felt St. John earned that rating due to the good Police Department that St. John has, as well as the good Police Administration and Police Commission. Chief Frego stated St. John was rated the #1 safest place to live in Lake County and #4 in the State of Indiana. Crown Point was rated #8 in the State, and Munster was rated #10 in the State. Carmel, Fishers and Zion were ahead of St. John as safest places to live in the State of Indiana. Some discussion ensued.

PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no matters of “Public Comment.”

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting should be held on Monday, August 11, 2014. 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.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Chapranda moved for adjournment. With a second by Commissioner Haluska, the motion carried (4-0). The meeting was adjourned at 6:42 P.M.

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

______________________________
Paul Haluska, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Gorcos, Recording Secretary

08-11-2014 Police Commission

August 11, 2014 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The August 2014 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on August 11, 2014 at 6:30 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law. Commissioner Vale called the meeting to order promptly at 6:30 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, Ronald Vale, Frank Chapranda, and Paul Haluska. Also present were Chief of Police Fred Frego and Town Councilman Kenneth Gembala. Commissioners Rose Hejl and Robert Long were not present at tonight’s meeting. No legal representation was in attendance at the meeting.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

July 14, 2014 Regular Meeting - Commissioner Chapranda moved to approve the minutes as written from the July 14, 2014 Regular Meeting. With a second by Commissioner Haluska, the motion carried unanimously (3-0).

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

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

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Chief Frego read the monthly report for July 2014. Chief Frego stated that from July 1, 2014 through July 31, 2014, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 18,588 miles and responded to 549 law incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 16 adult arrests with 26 charges being filed, and 0 juvenile arrests with 0 charges being filed. There were 220 traffic citations issued along with 24 written warnings for a total of 244 citations being issued during the month of July 2014 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 $19,907.00. The total value of recovered property was $0.00.

OLD BUSINESS

Police Department’s Accreditation Process – Commissioner Haluska moved to accept the Policies and Procedures with the changes that were made. With a second by Commissioner Chapranda, the motion carried unanimously (3-0).

HUMAN RESOURCES

Sergeant’s Test – Test Date Change – Chief Frego advised there are three (3) corporals taking the Sergeant’s test. Last week on Thursday or Friday, an e-mail was sent to all three (3) corporals asking which date they preferred to take the test; either Saturday, September 20, 2014, or Saturday, October 4, 2014. The officers were to respond back by no later than 4:00 P.M. today. Chief Frego advised only one (1) officer responded, and he indicated that he had no preference. No response was received from the other two (2) officers. Chief Frego stated the Commission could decide on either date that best suited their schedules. After some discussion, the Commission chose to have the Sergeant’s Test on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at 1:00 P.M. in the Training Room at the Police Department. Chief Frego advised the text books the officers were using to study for the test needed to be returned by September 27, 2014. The officers were advised to return the books by no later than September 23, 2014.

NEW BUSINESS

There were no matters of “New Business.”

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego thanked the Commission for the productive meeting (work study session) that was held on Saturday, August 9, 2014, wherein they were able to get issues with the new policies and procedures resolved. Chief Frego stated he was looking forward to moving ahead with the Accreditation and getting the officers trained on the new Policies and Procedures.

ANY AND ALL

There were no matters brought up under “Any and All.”

PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no matters of “Public Comment.”

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting should be held on Monday, September 8, 2014. 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.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Haluska moved for adjournment. With a second by Commissioner Chapranda, the motion carried (3-0). The meeting was adjourned at 6:37 P.M.

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

______________________________
Paul Haluska, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Gorcos, Recording Secretary

09-08-2014 Police Commission

September 8, 2014 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The September 2014 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on September 8, 2014 at 6:30 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law. Commissioner Haluska called the meeting to order promptly at 6:30 P.M. and then led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.

MOMENT OF SILENCE

Commissioner Haluska requested a moment of silence for fallen Merrillville Police Officer Nickolaus Schultz.

Roll call was taken with the following members of the Police Commission being present; namely, Paul Haluska, Rose Hejl, and Robert Long. Also present were Chief of Police Fred Frego and Town Councilman Kenneth Gembala. Commissioners Ronald Vale and Frank Chapranda were not present at tonight’s meeting. No legal representation was in attendance at the meeting.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

August 11, 2014 Regular Meeting - Commissioner Long moved to approve the minutes as written from the August 11, 2014 Regular Meeting. With a second by Commissioner Hejl, the motion carried unanimously (3-0).

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

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

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Chief Frego read the monthly report for August 2014. Chief Frego stated that from August 1, 2014 through August 31, 2014, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 17,854 miles and responded to 480 law incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 25 adult arrests with 51 charges being filed, and 0 juvenile arrests with 0 charges being filed. There were 236 traffic citations issued along with 38 written warnings for a total of 274 citations being issued during the month of August 2014 by the officers of the St. John Police Department. Also during the month of August, vehicle thefts totaled $4,500.00, and all other thefts totaled $3,230.00. The total value of recovered property was $0.00.

OLD BUSINESS

Police Department’s Accreditation Process – Chief Frego advised they were in the process of developing tests for all the procedures. The tests will be in the Power DMS and will take approximately 5 to 10 minutes to complete. The officers are required to sign off on the policy and then take a short test on the policy. All activity by officers reviewing policies will be recorded through Power DMS. Currently, there are approximately four or five tests which have been completed. Chief Frego advised they are moving towards the mock assessment.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Sergeant’s Test – Test Date Change – Chief Frego advised the Sergeant’s Test is scheduled for Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. The officers have been studying hard. The books have been available for some time, and are due to be returned in approximately two weeks. Chief Frego stated he felt the officers have had ample opportunity to study the books, and he is looking forward to giving them the test. Commissioner Long queried if all the Commissioners need to be present to help administer the Sergeant’s Test. Commissioner Haluska advised that commissioners were only present to proctor the test and since there were only three (3) officers taking the test, it would not necessary for all the Commissioners to be present. Commissioner Long then questioned the length of the test, and Chief Frego advised it would be done in two (2) hours. Chief Frego stated the Commissioners did not need to be present but if they wanted to be present, that would be fine.

NEW BUSINESS

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

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego advised Commissioner Frank Chapranda submitted a letter of resignation from the Commission earlier in the day. Further, Commissioner Ron Vale was removed from the Commission by the Town Council on August 28, 2014. Chief Frego stated hopefully, the Town Council will appoint two (2) new commissioners in a timely fashion, as the Commission really needs five (5) members.

ANY AND ALL

There were no matters brought up under “Any and All.”

PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no matters of “Public Comment.”

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting should be held on Monday, October 13, 2014. 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.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Hejl moved for adjournment. With a second by Commissioner Long, the motion carried (3-0). The meeting was adjourned at 6:35 P.M.

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

______________________________
Paul Haluska, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Gorcos, Recording Secretary

10-13-2014 Police Commission Meeting Canceled
11-11-2014 Police Commission

November 11, 2014 Police Commission Meeting Minutes

The November 2014 Regular Meeting of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commissioners of the Town of St. John was held on November 11, 2014 at 6:30 P.M., as advertised, pursuant to law. Commissioner Haluska called the meeting to order promptly at 6:40 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, Paul Haluska, Rose Hejl, Robert Long, Charles Sawyer and Kevin Vana. Also present were Chief of Police Fred Frego and Attorney David Austgen. Town Councilman Kenneth Gembala was not present at tonight’s meeting.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MONTH’S MINUTES

September 8, 2014 Regular Meeting - Commissioner Hejl moved to approve the minutes as written from the September 8, 2014 Regular Meeting. With a second by Commissioner Long, the motion carried unanimously (3-0-2, with the two new members abstaining).

CORRESPONDENCE / COMMUNICATIONS

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

POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MONTHLY REPORT

Chief Frego read the monthly report for October 2014. Chief Frego stated that from October 1, 2014 through October 31, 2014, the members of the St. John Police Department logged 16,761 miles and responded to 449 law incidents. The investigation of these incidents led to 20 adult arrests with 32 charges being filed, and 0 juvenile arrests with 0 charges being filed. There were 214 traffic citations issued along with 31 written warnings for a total of 245 citations being issued during the month of October 2014 by the officers of the St. John Police Department. Also during the month of October, vehicle thefts totaled $7,000.00, and all other thefts totaled $25,730.00. The total value of recovered property was $7,000.00.

OLD BUSINESS

Police Department’s Accreditation Process – Chief Frego stated the Commission has approved all the policies and orders. The Department is currently in the process of creating the tests on the new policies, and they are approximately three-quarters of the way done on completing the tests. The officers are now reading through the new policies and then taking the tests on the policies. Chief Frego stated he feels the Department is about half way through this phase. Chief Frego advised they are aiming for early January to conduct a mock accreditation by the Committee in Indianapolis. Chief Frego stated he hopes for the Department to become accreditated in the first quarter of 2015.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Sergeant’s Test –The results are back from the Sergeant’s Written Test, and Chief Frego advised the Commission he feels this matter needs to be discussed further but due to other events taking place, this matter is taking a back seat. Chief Frego stated he does not feel it is critical or imperative to promote a Sergeant right now.

Corporal’s Eligibility List – Extend Expiration Deadline – Chief Frego advised the current Corporal’s Eligibility List expires on December 10, 2014, and by authority of the old and new general orders, and with the Commission’s approval, Chief Frego stated he is asking to extend the expiration date of the list for an additional 120 days. Commissioner Long asked Chief Frego if his request to extend the expiration deadline was due to the fact there was a lot going on, and if the Chief was just not ready to do another list at this time. Chief Frego replied he did not feel it benefits the Department at this time to have another testing process due to the expense involved. Chief Frego stated there is a good candidate on the current list and hopefully, he would like to get him promoted; therefore, he needs an extension. Commissioner Hejl moved to extend the expiration date of the current Corporal’s Eligibility List by 120 days. With a second by Commissioner Sawyer, the motion carried unanimously (5-0).

NEW BUSINESS

Election of Officers – Commissioner Haluska opened the floor for nominations for Chairman. Commissioner Long moved to nominate Rose Hejl as Chairman of the Police Commission. With a second by Commissioner Sawyer, the motion carried unanimously (5-0).

Commissioner Haluska opened the floor for nominations for Vice-Chairman. Commissioner Long moved to nominate Paul Haluska as Vice-Chairman of the Police Commission. With a second by Commissioner Hejl, the motion carried unanimously (5-0).

Commissioner Haluska opened the floor for nominations for Secretary. Commissioner Long moved to nominate Charles Sawyer as Secretary of the Police Commission. With a second by Commissioner Hejl, the motion carried unanimously (5-0).

CHIEF’S COMMENTS

Chief Frego stated he would like to thank the Commission for their time and dedication as always, and he stated he would like to welcome the two (2) new Commissioners. He also stated things are going well with the Accreditation and with the Department itself. Chief Frego commented he would like to recognize that today is Veteran’s Day, as it is a day that should be recognized. Chief Frego stated he is a veteran, and he went to a program today at the school for Veteran’s Day. He felt it was really nice to see all that is being done to recognize Veterans, especially the young guys who are now coming back. Chief Frego stated the students are being educated about veterans, they seem to receive the information very well, and it is really nice to be appreciated. Some discussion ensued.

ANY AND ALL

There were no matters brought up under “Any and All.”

PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no matters of “Public Comment.”

MEETING SCHEDULE

The next Regular Meeting should be held on Monday, December 8, 2014. The Regular Public Meeting will begin at 6:30 P.M. There will be a Work Study Session only if deemed necessary. Per Attorney Austgen’s recommendation, it should be noted there is a tentative Executive Session scheduled for Monday, November 24, 2014 at 5:00 P.M. Any and all Executive Sessions will be advertised pursuant to law.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Haluska moved for adjournment. With a second by Commissioner Long, the motion carried (5-0). The meeting was adjourned at 6:49 P.M.

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

______________________________
Paul Haluska, Secretary

ATTEST:

________________________________
Joan M. Gorcos, Recording Secretary

12-08-2014 Police Commission Meeting Canceled
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