The Daily Press The Pilot News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-10-31T13:43:29-04:00 officer training key to success2014-10-31T13:43:29-04:002014-10-31T13:43:29-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsYou see them on the highway, city streets, parking lots, businesses, schools, everywhere and they aren’t going anywhere either. They are here within our community all around us to stay.They are law enforcement officers and they are here to serve and protect. However, what they do goes beyond that. Officers strive to be an active part of the community by building relationships within the community. Those relationships allow officers to interact with the members of the community and be a resource for the public.“The relationships we build in the community are very important to the officers,” said Plymouth Police Chief David Bacon. “When officers drive and walk around they begin to break down those walls and become more accessible to others.”The relationship between an officer and the individuals within a community is just one important part of the job. The relationships start at young ages with programs such as Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) in schools. The program not only teaches children about the dangers of illegal drugs but it allows children the chance to get to know an officer.“The DARE program is great. It is the interaction the officer has with the kids that builds the relationships. After finishing the program the kids are left with the idea that ‘hey this officer is approachable.’ We don’t want kids to fear officers. We want them to know that officers are good and we are here to help.”The DARE program is offered at elementary schools throughout the county. Officers do other things as well to build those relationships. At Plymouth high school a School Resource Officer is present daily. The presence of the officer in the school is not just a crime deterrent but also another chance for students to build a relationship with law enforcement. Officers of various departments in the county frequently attend sporting events and other public events with the main goal of creating the opportunity for interaction. Through the interaction officers can help individuals, even if it is just answering a question.“The officers here came into this profession, they got into this to help people,” said Bacon. “They come into work everyday and get into their cars to help people. They are out there not just to write tickets but because they care and want to help make a difference.”Law enforcement officers have to work hard and complete a great deal of training before they can earn the badge. The training can be a lot to handle because it creates the foundation for officers that everything else builds off of. Training at the police academy is 15 weeks with another 15 weeks of field training. That is more than half a year the individual spends just in training before starting work as an officer on their own. There is continuous education that each officer must complete annually as well.“As an officer you have to know what your capabilities are,” said Marshall County Sheriff Tom Chamberlin. “You have to be able to make decisions within milliseconds about how susceptible the individual you are approaching will be to what you are saying.”At the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department officers review the force continuum training (and other training) on a monthly basis. Use-of-force continuum is outlined as five basic levels. The first stage is when an officer’s presence deters crime or diffuses a situation. In many situations the presence of an authority figure is enough to calm the situation. If it is not the next stage of the continuum is approached.The second stage is verbalization. The officer on scene would use his or her voice to bring resolution to the situation. This could be as simple as telling an individual to stop to asking for identification or other nonthreatening commands as the situation calls for. At this point an officer may need to move to the third stage, empty-hand control. Officers may have to physically restrain an individual, hold someone back or if the situation calls for it be more forceful.The fourth stage would involve less-lethal methods that could immobilize a combative person. These methods include blunt impact, such as using a baton, or chemical sprays, like pepper spray, or conducted energy devices that discharge a high-voltage, low-amperage jolt of electricity at a distance. If the officer, at this point, cannot gain control of the situation, they would move to stage five.The lethal force stage is only used if a suspect poses a serious threat to the officer or another individual. This is when the officer would use a weapon such as a firearm to stop an individual’s actions.“If there is resistance we apply force equal to the resistance because the officer needs to be able to control the suspect and the situation,” said Chamberlin.The catch to the force continuum is that officers don’t always know what to expect when they arrive on a scene. Therefore they must begin assessing the situation as they are arriving on the scene. Officers observe the location, the people, the vehicles and everything they come across. The officer takes mental notes of vehicles running, open doors, shadowy places where someone could be hiding, animals, sounds and that is all before even getting out of their vehicle.The officer must be prepared for a wide variety of possible situations. Often when a call comes in to dispatch there is very little information provided for the officer as they approach the scene.One way officers become prepared for those possible situations is, more training. State law requires officers to complete a minimum of 24 hours of training each year. Each department also has their own training requirements in addition to the state’s requirements. Training includes Emergency Vehicle Operation (EVO), physical combat or hand-to-hand combat, defensive tactics and firearms training. EVO training requires officers to drive through obstacle courses.“Dynamic training teaches officers when to shoot and when not to shoot,” said Bourbon Chief of Police Bill Martin. “It is basically the closest you can come to the real thing for officers to practice making split second decisions.”The shoot/ don’t shoot training that Martin mentioned can be conducted in a variety of ways. In some training scenarios the training is live action with officers using plastic bullets to act out scenes that an officer might encounter. Another method is through computer simulated training. The officer would work through the program coming across different situations. And yet another method involves a shooting range and staged targets.“Shoot/ don’t shoot training raises the level of anxiety through different methods to increase heart rate and challenge the officer to think quickly. The training replicates what the officers could find when responding to a call,” said Chamberlin.The training is often done while others observe. The observation allows for feedback both to and from the officer. Those observing can watch for the judgement calls that are made and internalize the information for future reference. It also gives an opportunity for officers to critique each other allowing more feedback for the officers.“It is very serious to pull our firearms,” said Bacon. “That is why we do all the training.”The last time an officer involved shooting occurred in Marshall County was in February of 2012. The following is an excerpt from a Pilot News article printed on March 9, 2012, “The results of an extensive investigation by the Indiana State Police establish that an Argos Police officer received a telephone call about a possible intoxicated driver with a description of the vehicle as a red Dodge pickup truck.”The article then goes on to describe the events of the officer initiating a traffic stop. The driver of the truck slowed to pull over then quickly pulled away at a high rate of speed. Other law enforcement officers joined in the pursuit. The report stated that speeds of the vehicle exceeded 100 mph. During the pursuit the suspect rammed an Argos Police vehicle and continued driving, a total of 36 miles, before finally coming to a stop near the intersection of Quince Road and Roy Street.The officers approached the suspect with tasers drawn. After several attempts ordering the suspect to stop with no results, the suspect turned and fired two shots at the officers. The officers returned fire and the suspect died from the injuries received. It was determined the suspect’s blood alcohol content was .133 percent.Prosecuting attorney David R. Holmes said (in the Pilot News article), “The investigation by the Indiana State Police was thorough, extensive and professional. There is no doubt that the decedent intended to do serious injury, perhaps even death to the officers at the scene by his discharge of a handgun directly at them.”The next most recent officer involved shooting in Marshall County was back in 1997 when a suspect entered the Plymouth Police Department with a knife. In the lobby was an officer assisting a citizen fill out an accident report. The officer ordered the suspect to drop the knife, which he did not do. Instead the suspect advanced on the officer. The officer pulled his firearm and fired once ordering the suspect to drop the knife. The suspect continued advance on the officer and attempted to stab the officer in the abdomen. The officer then fired a second shot at a distance of less than 12 inches. The suspect died from the injury. Both situations ended with an officer using the training they received to make the best decision they could at the time.“There were boards and citizens and legal representatives that reviewed both cases an found no fault on the officers,” said Chamberlin.Each department has their own set of procedures for what would take place in the event of an officer involved shooting incident. However, every department believes in providing the officer with the support he or she needs during the difficult process. The impact it has on a police officer, to discharge a weapon at an individual, is something that all departments take very seriously.Argos Chief of Police Rodney Rudd explains, “Where an officer’s use of force results in death, the officer shall be placed on administrative leave after completing all internal investigative requirements and until it is determined by the Institute for Public Safety Personnel, Inc. that the officer is ready to return to active duty.”Each department has procedures in place for any officer involved in an incident that results in death. The officer would be put on administrative leave while an investigation took place. Investigations are done internally and with the help of the state police or other agencies.“There are different agencies that provide counseling with specializations in critical incident counseling,” said Martin. “The Indiana State Police have trained personnel that officers can meet with following an incident. We have a new officer that has been through the critical incident debriefing and he is available county wide if necessary.”Chamberlin takes it one step further. “I have made it mandatory for officers, I want them to take the opportunity to discuss the incident with a third party that wasn’t involved and that isn’t wearing a uniform.”During the investigation the reviewing agency examines the incident report to ensure that the behavior of the officer aligns with the state and department policies. The information would then be passed on to the prosecutor to determine if the case needs to go through a grand jury.“How you apply your training is how your officers will act. Every time you train you train by your policy,” said Chamberlin. The training that law enforcement officers receive is critical to their job. After all, cops go to work just like bankers, factory workers and reporters, their job just involves different tasks.Plymouth, INDiona EskewPolice officer training key to successThe Pilot County Commissioners meeting, November 32014-10-31T10:50:21-04:002014-10-31T10:50:21-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsMarshall County CommissionersNovember 3, 2014 Proposed Agenda8:30 am Brenda Harper • United Way campaign8:35 am Bart Trester-USI • 7th Road update • Metronet update • Jefferson Street Bridge update8:45 am Highway Report9:00 am County Attorney Report –Jim Clevenger9:15 am County Auditor Report • Minutes - October 20, 2014 • November Claims Commissioner Items • Umbaugh contract Public Comments Adjournment Plymouth, INNo author availableMarshall County Commissioners meeting, November 3The Pilot The Best Halloween Costumes for Pets2014-10-31T09:15:38-04:002014-10-31T09:15:38-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot News<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script><div class="ndn_embed" data-config-widget-id="2" style="width:390px;height:219px" data-config-type="VideoPlayer/Single" data-config-tracking-group="90711" data-config-playlist-id="13434" data-config-video-id="28072505" data-config-site-section="horizon"></div> Plymouth, INNo author availableVIDEO: The Best Halloween Costumes for PetsThe Pilot is a dangerous time for children2014-10-30T08:18:34-04:002014-10-30T08:18:34-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsAnd while Halloween is a time for fun and treats, it's also a night full of dangerous situations.Kate Carr, president and CEO of the advocacy group Safe Kids Worldwide, says on average, twice as many children are killed on Beggar's Night compared to other times of the year.She says there are more cars on the road, children are excited and it's dark outside, so parents need to be proactive."Have a conversation with their child about walking safely," she stresses. "Make sure that kids can be seen so add a little bit of something that will reflect light, whether it's reflective tape or certainly a flashlight is something that will be handy for kids of all ages."Carr says children should be reminded to use sidewalks, look both ways when crossing the street and to only travel in familiar areas.Costumes are another concern, and Carr says they should fit properly so they are not a trip hazard.She also suggests using makeup instead of a mask that can slip and obstruct a child's vision.Carr points out a recent survey of parents found that 12 percent allow children five years of age or younger to trick-or-treat without a parent's supervision."And that might mean they're going out with an older sibling, but for kids under five, they're still not really aware of the rules of the road," she points out. "And especially on Halloween night, we want to make sure that kids under the age of 10 has an adult with them."Carr says only a third of parents talk to children annually about staying safe on Halloween, but it's especially important this year."Because it's on a Friday night this year, be extra alert because the weekend might mean that there'll be more activity in your neighborhood because families are able to do more things on a weekend night than they do during the week," she advises.Motorists are also reminded to be extra cautious on the roads during trick-or-treating hours by turning on their headlights, driving below the posted speed and not using a cellphone while driving.Plymouth, INMary Kuhlman: Indiana News ServiceHalloween is a dangerous time for childrenThe Pilot of City contract with Blueberry Festival in negotiations2014-10-30T08:00:03-04:002014-10-30T08:00:03-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsNeither side would divulge details about what is being contested by the Blueberry Festival, but an agreement is expected soon. The Blueberry Festival rejected the contract at a board meeting earlier this month.the current contract on file ends this year. It was a three year contract requiring the festival to pay $31,000 each year in rental fees. The contract also requires the festival to maintain a $5 million insurance coverage policy.Plymouth, INDiona EskewTerms of City contract with Blueberry Festival in negotiationsThe Pilot Revitalization meeting, November 52014-10-29T11:46:27-04:002014-10-29T11:46:27-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsAGENDACITY OF PLYMOUTHDOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION MEETINGWednesday, November 5, 2014_________________________________________________________Plymouth Community Schools___5:30 P.M. Administration Building 611 Berkley Dr, Plymouth Call to OrderRoll CallMinutes of the September 3, 2014 meetingNew downtown ideas Other BusinessAdjournmentIf you are disabled and need special accommodations, please call the ADA Coordinator at 574-936-2948.Plymouth, INNo author availableDowntown Revitalization meeting, November 5The Pilot of Zoning Appeals, November 52014-10-28T15:22:43-04:002014-10-28T15:22:43-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsPlymouth Board of Zoning Appeals124 N. Michigan Street, Plymouth, IN (Garro Street entrance)Date: November 5, 2014Time: 7:30 p.m.* * * AGENDA * * * Call to OrderRoll CallMinutes of last regular meeting October 7, 2014BZA 2014-19: James and Teresa Brandt, 125 Elliott Ave, Plymouth, IN – Application for a Variance of Development Standard to reduce the required side yard setback from 10 feet or 10% of the lot width to three (3) feet to build a garage on Lot #51 in Elliott Place Subdivision, Plymouth, IN, with an address of 125 Elliott Ave., Plymouth, IN and located in an R3 Traditional Residential zoning district.City Attorney Surrisi: Findings of Facts for previous casesBuilding Commissioner Keith HammondsOther Business AdjournIf you are handicapped and need special accommodations, please contact the ADA Coordinator at 574-936-2948.Plymouth, INNo author availableBoard of Zoning Appeals, November 5The Pilot Plan Commission Agenda2014-10-28T15:19:11-04:002014-10-28T15:19:11-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsPlymouth Plan Commission124 N. Michigan Street, Plymouth, IN (Garro Street entrance)Date: November 5, 2014 Time: 7:00 p.m.* * * AGENDA * * * Call to OrderRoll CallMinutes of the last meeting October 7, 2014Discussion on Parking LandscapeCity Attorney Surrisi: Findings of Facts for previous casesBuilding Commissioner Keith HammondsOther BusinessAdjournPlymouth, INNo author availablePlymouth Plan Commission AgendaThe Pilot accused of setting fire to her home2014-10-28T13:09:26-04:002014-10-28T13:09:26-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsNorth Webster/Tippecanoe Township firemen and Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded last evening at 10:43 p.m. to a report of a house fire at house on B33A Lane, Warsaw. Responding firemen arrived and eventually were able to extinguish the fire, but requested Squad 70 / Fire Investigation Team of Kosciusko County. North Webster firemen and Squad 70 member determined during their preliminary investigation that three separate points of origin for the fire were located inside the residence. Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department deputies and detectives had located a 13-year-old female outside the residence upon their initial arrival to the scene. The homeowners were able to escape the residence and allowed officers to speak with their daughter. After contacting the Kosciusko County Probation Department, officers took the juvenile into custody during the course of the investigation. She is currently being evaluated and held in custody as the investigation continues.Plymouth, INNo author availableTeen accused of setting fire to her homeThe Pilot Indiana’s Business Tax Climate Improves, Ranks 8th Best Nationally2014-10-28T13:02:44-04:002014-10-28T13:02:44-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsIndiana ranks 8th overall in the Tax Foundation’s 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index, up from 10th in 2014, and remains the top state in the Midwest for business tax competitiveness. “Here in Indiana, companies can count on a stable business climate that encourages their growth and success,” said Governor Mike Pence. “Since day one, we’ve focused on streamlining government and cutting taxes for Hoosier workers and businesses. By making things simpler, we’re not just building on our reputation through national rankings—we’re attracting businesses from around the world that are creating thousands of new jobs right here in a state that works for business.” The Index, now in its 11th edition, measures how each state structures its tax code by analyzing more than 100 tax variables in five different categories: corporate, individual income, sales, property and unemployment insurance taxes. The Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan tax research group based in Washington, D.C., presents the Index annually as a tool for lawmakers, businesses and individuals to gauge how their states’ tax systems compare. States can move down in the Index for overly complex, burdensome and economically harmful tax codes, but can move up for transparent and neutral tax codes that do not distort business decisions. Indiana’s 8th place ranking makes it the only Midwestern state in the publication’s top 10. Looking at nearby states, Michigan ranked 13th, Kentucky ranked 26th, Ohio ranked 44th, Illinois ranked 31st, Wisconsin ranked 43rd, Minnesota ranked 47th and Iowa ranked 41st.The Tax Foundation’s report is the latest in a series of national accolades Indiana has received for its pro-business climate. Indiana's business environment recently scored a top 10 finish nationally, including best in the Midwest, in Area Development’s 2014 Top States for Doing Business Survey and ranked seventh in the Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States for 2014 study. Also, Indiana was recognized in August as the state with the best business climate in the Midwest and fifth best nationally in Business Facilities’ 2014 State Rankings Report.About IEDC: Created in 2005 to replace the former Department of Commerce, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation is governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Mike Pence. Victor Smith serves as the Indiana Secretary of Commerce and Eric Doden is the president of the IEDC.Plymouth, INNo author availableREPORT: Indiana’s Business Tax Climate Improves, Ranks 8th Best NationallyThe Pilot