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Newest Crown Point police hire puts force at its largest
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Newest Crown Point police hire puts force at its largest

Newest Crown Point police hire puts force at its largest

Crown Point Mayor David Uran, left, swears in Matthew J. Adams as the newest member of the city’s police force Friday. Adams’ hiring brings the number of Crown Point Police officers to 49, the highest number in department history.

 

CROWN POINT — The city welcomed its newest police officer Friday as Mayor David Uran swore in Matthew J. Adams to open the Board of Works meeting.

According to Police Chief Pete Land, the bearer of badge No. 116 brings the total number of local officers to 49, the largest number of officers in department history.

Adams is a 2017 graduate of Lake Central High School. He attended Indiana University in Bloomington, majoring in criminal justice. While at IU, he successfully completed the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, graduating with academic honors. He served as an IU police officer for two years, earning his bachelor’s degree in 2021.

An Eagle Scout, Adams is a certified diver and member of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors.

Upon completion of his field training program, Adams will be assigned to the patrol division.

“I want to thank everyone for coming out,” Adams said. “I appreciate the opportunity to work with the city of Crown Point.”

Ride along with Officer Jimmy Weller as he patrols the region's border of Lake Michigan as part of the Lake County Sheriff's Marine Unit. Video by Connor Burge. 

In a related matter, the Crown Point Fraternal Order of Police and Hometown Heroes effort presented Uran a framed certificate for his continued support of their activities.

“We thank the ‘blue’ in Crown Point,” Uran said. “Be safe and know we are here for you.”

In other business, the board is taking under advisement the lone bid for construction of a monument sign at Bulldog Park.

Metro LED of Atlanta, Ga., submitted the bid with two options, one for $33,378 and the other for $35,913. The board is expected to vote on the issue at its Oct. 20 meeting.

Elsewhere, the board reviewed progress on water and wastewater projects with Al Strong, project manager with Commonwealth Engineers Inc. of Indianapolis.

Regarding the Kaiser Park redundant tank project, Strong reported the pickleball court surface is installed, with nets scheduled for delivery within a few weeks. Athletic light poles are slated for installation early this month, with the existing light poles removed.

Additional work at the site includes keypad, conduit, and wiring installation, painting at the new pump building, installation of the light switch on the valve, floor leveling and coating, and fencing.

After approving $432,920 in payments for the projects, the board learned from Strong that the city has an additional $1.3 million in retainage that can be used for additional projects.

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