Chief Patricia Nowak and Officer Ricardo Garcia were on hand at IU Northwest’s recent “Coffee with a Cop” event, in which the campus and community came out to meet the campus officers in an informal, conversational setting. Nowak said the event was a huge success, and the IUPD-Northwest is planning on future meet-and-greets.
About sixty people came out for the very first "Coffee with a Cop" event hosted by the Indiana University Police Department-Northwest (IUPD-NW) at the campus cafeteria Tuesday.
IUPD-NW Chief Patricia Nowak said she was thrilled with the turnout for the inaugural meet-and-greet, in which officers engaged in informal conversation, providing campus and community members the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work, both on the IU Northwest campus, as well as in the community, most specifically in Gary. The conversations touched on such topics as careers in law enforcement, the desire for more citizens’ and kids’ police academies, and the IUPD-NW’s involvement in patrolling the University Park area immediately surrounding campus.
Sergeant Melvin Blakely, Jr. (foreground) speaks to a resident at the recent “Coffee with a Cop” event at Indiana University Northwest. The meet-and-greet attracted about 60 campus and community members who enjoyed an informal conversation with campus officers.
Overall, Nowak said the folks she chatted with expressed satisfaction with their safety and security on campus, appreciate the department’s presence immediately surrounding the campus and feel the officers are friendly and approachable.“It is important that the campus, and community, have an awareness of what we do, and how we serve,” Nowak said. “Building relationships builds trust.”
The university says a commitment to community engagement efforts, such as Coffee with a Cop, have become more greatly embedded into the mission of IUPD-NW since Chief Nowak joined the squad in July 2012. Similar community-based efforts include the Citizens’ Police Academy, the Youth Citizens’ Police Academy, and the annual Shop with a Cop program, among others. “The concept of community policing efforts is to build trust with our constituents,” Nowak said. “The IUPD-NW sees great value in getting to know, and serving the needs of not only the IU Northwest campus, but also the citizens of Northwest Indiana.”
The meet-and-greet was one of several such gatherings that are taking place nationwide as part of a U.S. Department of Justice initiative. Because of the high turnout and valuable information gleaned from the event, Chief Nowak anticipates hosting more meet-and-greet events in the future.
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The Gary Animal Control Division has forged a partnership with the Humane Society Calumet Area out of Munster to assist with the intake of animals. The Board of Works approved the contract Wednesday. Commander Peter Sormaz of the Gary Police Department, who represented the City’s Animal Control Division during the negotiations, says Gary is not in a position to build a new facility at this time. Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says she believes the plan will bode well with groups who have expressed concerns about the care and safety of the animals. “We are extremely pleased with this agreement, and I applaud the Gary Police Department and the representatives from the Humane Society Calumet Area for their hard work in mapping out a plan that works well for both parties,” said Freeman-Wilson. “The animals will continue to get the care they need," Sormaz said, "and we have gained a great partner in the Humane Society Calumet Area.”
According to the contract, the Gary Animal Control will transport animals to the Munster facility located at 421 45th St., and the City will pay the Humane Society $50 per animal per month for services performed. However, the Humane Society will waive the S50 fee for feral cats. The contract is not to exceed $82,000 annually and shall continue through December 31, 2014. The contract may be extended for up to four additional two-year terms so long as both parties agree.
Guardians who are looking to reclaim an impounded animal will pay a $15 fee for each day the animal has been impounded. Impoundment fees for less than three days will be waived. The Humane Society Calumet Area will begin providing services next week....
Traffic advisory for south Lake County: Big backups on northbound I-65 approaching State Road 2 Lowell Exit, due to semi rollover northbound blocking left lane near the scales....
After just appearing for a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Elkhart on Tuesday, and in South Bend the day before, Indiana Mike Pence returned to the Region for the groundbreaking of the new headquarters of Land O' Frost in Munster, Wednesday afternoon.
(L-R: Joseph Simonetto, Munster Town Council President; Donna Van Eekeren, Chairwoman of Land O' Frost; Governor Mike Pence; David Van Eekeren, CEO Land O'Frost)
Land O' Frost is the nation's second-largest seller of pre-sliced, pre-packaged lunchmeats is relocating it's corporate headquarters from just over the state line in Lansing to a three acre campus in Munster. Officials say the move to the new 27,000 square foot facility, which is scheduled to be operational in 2014, will create up to 50 new jobs.
Governor Pence joined company executivest at the Wednesday afternoon groundbreaking celebration where he pointed out that Land O' Frost was the 24th Illinois company to relocate to Indiana since 2010. The governor adding that he hopes those companies and this one will soon have "lot's of company in the years ahead."
(Van Eekeren family members and officials posing with Governor Mike Pence before one of the company's semi trailers)
(photos: courtesy of Karl Berner)...
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