VALPARAISO — The police department is taking applications for its annual Citizens' Police Academy. The academy is designed for community members to meet officers, learn what officers do on a daily basis and become involved in the community. Topics featured in the academy include: investigations, Indiana law, daily traffic laws and enforcement, crash investigations and patrol division duties including many specialties within the patrol unit such as, K-9 presentations, bicycle team, Taser usage and firearms scenarios. The class will meet every at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday, beginning March 27 and for eight weeks. Applications are available at the police department, 355 S Washington St. or online at valparaisopolice.org. Applicants must be 18 years old or older. Applications must be returned to the department by March 16. Limited space is available. Any questions regarding the academy can be directed to Michael Grennes by calling 219-462-2135 or email at [email protected] … [Read more...] about Valparaiso police taking applications for citizens’ police academy
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HOBART — After serving eight years with the military police in the Army Reserve, 29-year-old Valparaiso resident Kenin Zolper said she opted to take a break and find a safer job in the private sector. But after having a baby, she decided the best way to protect her child and society is to get back into police work. Zolper landed a job with her hometown Valparaiso Police Department and is now among 38 students who kicked off a 15-week training program recently at the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy at the former Hobart Middle School. "This is my true passion," she said. Zolper is among seven women in the current class, which is a record number for the local school, Executive Director and master instructor James Markle said while looking in on the students last week during a classroom portion of their training. Zolper and most of the other students at the school have been hired by county, municipal, university or railroad police departments and have a year to … [Read more...] about Enthusiasm for police work strong at local police academy
CROWN POINT — The city has hired a new police officer, bringing the department's staffing level to 45 officers. Michael Stalnaker, 29, was sworn in by Mayor David Uran at a recent Board of Works meeting. Stalnaker is a 2007 graduate of Brownsburg High School. He attended IUPUI in Indianapolis where he earned a bachelor's degree in business and finance. While attending college, Stalnaker was also the assistant varsity basketball coach at Brownsburg High School. After graduating from college, Stalnaker was hired by the LaPorte Police Department as a police officer. He attended and graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield. Stalnaker is married with a 14-month-old daughter. "I'm looking forward to making an impact on the community," Stalnaker said. … [Read more...] about Crown Point welcomes new police officer
YOUNGWOOD, Pa. (AP) — As they were preparing to graduate, the 2017 cadets of the Westmoreland Municipal Police Officers' Training Academy had a grim reminder of the dangers of the profession they were choosing. New Kensington police Officer Brian Shaw was gunned down while trying to arrest a suspect just four days before the 32 police academy cadets graduated. "That was disturbing for all of us," said Tabatha Wolfe, a recent graduate. "It makes you wonder, but I don't think anybody signed up to do this not knowing that this was a possibility." Wolfe, 32, of Fayette City, said the incident convinced her even more that she had made the right decision. "You feel for the officer, you feel for their family, but it actually made me want to do it more," she said. Wolfe, who has worked as a paramedic and volunteer firefighter in Fayette County, is still looking for a job with a local police department — or two. Her hope is to become a K-9 officer specializing in drug … [Read more...] about Job’s dangers don’t deter police academy cadets
SCHERERVILLE — The town is about to experience changes in the leadership of its public safety departments. Police Chief David Dowling announced Thursday he is retiring to run full-time for Lake County Sheriff. Town Councilman Kevin Connelly said Schererville Fire Chief Joseph Kruzan Jr. also is retiring next month. He said Deputy Fire Chief Robert Patterson will take over that job, but town town officials haven't named a replacement for Dowling. Dowling told fellow public safety leaders at a meeting of the Lake County E-911 commission that he will be stepping down as the town's police chief Feb. 16. He said he had planned for some time in advance to retire and devote the coming months to his campaign to win the May 8 Democratic primary for sheriff. Dowling, Lake County Clerk Mike A. Brown and Richard D. Ligon of Gary are challenging Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr. Dowling, whose grandfather, Ed Dowling, was mayor of Hammond from 1956 to 1968, leaves behind a 32-year police … [Read more...] about Schererville police chief David Dowling retiring to focus on Lake County Sheriff bid. Town’s fire chief is also stepping down.
An Indiana sheriff's deputy found himself saving a life when he pulled over a speeding motorist Tuesday morning. Deputy Austin Wells of the La Porte County Sheriff's Office clocked a 65-year-old woman driving 70 mph on US 421 about 10:30 a.m., a department Facebook post said.Wells found the woman unable to speak, with a reddish-purple face and blue lips. He asked her if she could breathe and she gestured she couldn't. He pulled her out of the car and gave her the Heimlich maneuver. Four thrusts later, her airway was cleared. Read more: 3 African elephants escape tractor-trailer fire on Georgia highway Read more: North Carolina woman wins lottery twice in one day The woman explained she had been eating honey mustard nuts when she began choking. She fully recovered and did not receive a citation.Wells has been a patrol deputy for about five months. He graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in June. “What could very well have … [Read more...] about Deputy saves choking woman during traffic stop in Indiana
KNIGHTSTOWN, Ind. — Knightstown police Chief Danny Baker has used pig roasts and golf tournaments to augment his department’s shrinking budget, but badly in need of $9,000 for a new squad car, he’s reprising his most shocking fundraising approach to date: getting shot by a stun gun. The jocular 63-year-old chief and another Knightstown official were planning to have a detective shoot them with a Taser at a free event Wednesday night in the middle school gym in their small eastern Indiana town. Spectators — who Baker hopes feel compelled to donate — will get a firsthand look at how 50,000 volts of low-amp electricity affects the human body. “It’s a shame we have to go to the extent of having fundraisers and getting electrified and so forth, but with small-town budgets you have to do something to get by,” said Baker, a lifelong Knightstown resident who has been in law enforcement for 35 years. Many rural communities like … [Read more...] about Indiana police chief to be stun gunned to raise money for department
During a recent training exercise, Cameron Ellis said, he stood in front of a large television armed with a replica gun. The screen presented a scenario requiring a split-second decision: Taser or gun?In a controlled environment, the 22-year-old officer with the Southport Police Department practiced making a potentially lethal decision in a chaotic environment — a scenario he could face while patrolling the streets of the city of about 1,700 people on the south side of Indianapolis.He will carry a gun, respond to emergency calls and make arrests, all on his spare time. Ellis is a volunteer, working with full police powers but without pay.Ellis became a certified reserve officer in a ceremony Jan. 18 after completing hundreds of hours of training. But state law didn't require him to do that to wield full police power.In Indiana, reserve officers are required to complete 40 hours of basic training, as well as 24 hours of continuing in-service training each year. … [Read more...] about How much training is enough for volunteer police?
First of two partsThe makers of prescription painkillers have adopted a 50-state strategy that includes hundreds of lobbyists and millions in campaign contributions to help kill or weaken measures aimed at stemming the tide of prescription opioids, the drugs at the heart of a crisis that has cost 165,000 Americans their lives and pushed countless more to crippling addiction.The drugmakers vow they’re combating the addiction epidemic, but The Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity found that they often employ a statehouse playbook of delay and defend that includes funding advocacy groups that use the veneer of independence to fight limits on the drugs, such as OxyContin, Vicodin and fentanyl, the narcotic linked to Prince’s death.The mother of Cameron Weiss was no match for the industry’s high-powered lobbyists when she plunged into the corridors of New Mexico’s Legislature, crusading for a measure she fervently believed would have saved her … [Read more...] about Millions spent to push opioid laws
On the day her husband died nine years ago, Carolyn Dudley, a physical therapist, was working with a patient during a home visit south of Greencastle.Indiana State Police Lt. Gary Dudley, 51, was about 50 miles away on the seventh day of a 13-day bike ride across Indiana to raise money for families of fallen police officers.The couple’s routine on those cycling days was for Gary to call his wife of 15 years once in the morning and once in the evening. On that day, Aug. 22, 2006, he called at about noon.“We had a great conversation,” she recalled, ending with “I love you.”Fifteen minutes later, he was gone.A truck plowed into a support vehicle along the bike route in west central Indiana, pushing it into the cyclists. Dudley, who had organized the annual COPS charity ride (Indiana Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors), was killed, along with Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy Chief Gary Martin. The irony that the officers were killed while participating … [Read more...] about Gary’s Ride honors state trooper who died in bike crash