LOWELL | After months of operating with low manpower, the town's Police Department returned to a full roster after two men were sworn in as police officers Monday before the Town Council
Christopher Thompson, of Lowell, and Nicholas Kaczmarczyk, of Crown Point, both 23 and Purdue graduates, were recommended by Police Chief Erik Matson.
"They both tested very high ... I know they will do well," Matson said.
Thompson has served for a year as a reserve officer with the Lowell department as well as six months as a full-time dispatcher. Matson said a part-time dispatcher has moved up into Thompson's slot.
Both Kaczmarczyk and Thompson will attend the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in January, Matson said. That means the two are expected to be ready to be on their own by May 1, he said.
The duo replaces former Chief John Shelhart, who retired in March, and former Assistant Chief Scott Tokach, who retired one month later.
Detective Cpl. James Woestman was appointed assistant police chief in August.
In another matter, Matson said the Lowell Traffic Commission recommended a stop sign be placed at Lucas Parkway and Deanna Drive to form a three-way stop.