From D.A.R.E. to Volunteers in Policing to the Morning Call Program, under the
leadership of Chief David Dowling, the Schererville Police Department continues
to be involved in the community taking a pro-active approach to crime
The department’s D.A.R.E. program serves St. Michael School and Grimmer Middle
School. D.A.R.E., led by Officer Raul Otano for the past 12 years, continues to
be one the department’s stellar programs. Officer Otano is also in charge of
arranging the National Night Out observance set for Aug. 6, marking
Schererville’s ninth year of participation.
The Schererville Police Department operates specialty units including
motorcycle, ATV, and bicycle patrols.
In 2012, the department resurrected the community crime watch program which
currently has more than 50 participants and is growing under the direction of
Cpl. Tim Arvanitis. The Schererville Community Crime Watch Facebook page has
updated information on investigations and incidents in the community.
Cpl. Arvanitis is also in charge of the Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)
units. These volunteers are becoming an increasingly integral part of the
department. VIPS units help with parking enforcement, traffic control, funeral
escorts, and assisting with town events.
Cpl. Arvanitis also was the catalyst in creating the Morning Call
Program, through which VIPS units make weekday welfare check phone calls to
Schererville residents who may need assistance due to physical issues. These
residents, usually elderly, do not have family nearby. If they cannot be reached
at the assigned time, a family member is contacted or a unit is sent to check on
them. This program is becoming increasingly popular and is a great service for
Chief Dowling also created a proactive Special Operations Task Force Unit in
2012 which has proven to be a valuable investigative tool for his department.