Schererville police community programs

2013-06-04T12:15:00Z Schererville police community programsDiane Poulton nwitimes.com
June 04, 2013 12:15 pm  • 

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

prevention.

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

the community.

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.

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