The Crown Point Police Department has been awarded a grant by the Lake County Substance Abuse Council. The $7,180.00 award was given to aid the department in purchasing four (4) additional in-car radar units. The per unit cost for the radars is $1,795.00 and they will be used as part of the department's traffic and DUI enforcement programs.
In March of 2017, the police department implemented a traffic car program to help enhance its overall enforcement and response to traffic complaints and to have an increased presence in areas known to be problem traffic problems. The program calls for officers on each Patrol Division shift to be assigned as a traffic car to focus on traffic enforcement, whether it is targeting certain areas for complaints of speeding vehicles, traffic signal and stop sign intersections and other areas to have reported or known problems.
Since the program's inception, the department has seen a 146% increase in the number of traffic contacts the agency has made from the previous year.
"The most common type of complaints our agency receives are traffic related. While our officers have always been proactive in their traffic enforcement, the implementation of this program allows for the designated traffic cars to concentrate primarily on these issues. The officers have done a great job in their overall enforcements." — Chief Pete Land.