CROWN POINT | A police dispatcher's skilled handling of a tense, three-hour standoff in October won city recognition this week.
Dispatcher Katie Broukal was on the job the night of Oct. 6 when the 2:50 a.m. call came in of a distraught woman walking on a city street in need of assistance.
The 36-year-old victim told police she'd fled her home after being battered by her boyfriend, who was still in the house with her two children and a 22-year-old relative of hers.
The Northwest Indiana Regional SWAT team was called to the scene when the children were prevented from leaving the house and the man inside made threats to police officers who were first on the scene.
Broukal over the next three hours kept in constant phone contact with the man, all the while relaying information to the SWAT team members and also communicating with an out-of-town relative of the victims, city officials said this week.
The incident was resolved with both children and the 22-year-old relative released unharmed.
"Katie's professional handling of this potentially harmful situation was a key reason the at-scene officers had the success they had," city officials said in a prepared release.
Broukal's actions demonstrate her "expertise and ability to handle the most stressful of situations," officials said.
Broukal was named city employee of the month for November.
Terry Lee Walsh, 41, of Crown Point, was charged with criminal confinement, domestic battery and intimidation in connection with the incident.