Please slow down and mind your driving.

Icy Road Accident

Icy Road Accident

We have been responding to accidents all day long. Many are caused by the snow and ice, but a lot of these can be prevented by slowing down, and increasing following distance. The photo enclosed is from an accident we responded to. The male driver hit a car and then swerved into a pole. This happened at about 12 noon today.

Stay warm,

Chief Brian Miller

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Crime Statistics

Cumulative Reported Felony Incidents

Cumulative Reported Felony Incidents

I have enclosed our 2013 crime statistics. In addition, I have crimes listed from 2003 to 2013 so you can compare. We are showing a decrease of 5% in overall crime from 2012 to 2013. While we acknowledge we still have work to do any decrease is appreciated and is the direct result of hard work by my patrol officers and detectives.

Please remember these numbers could change slightly when crime reports are sometimes reclassified.

Chief Brian Miller

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Weather is improving… Almost.

Today the temperature rose to 3 degrees above zero. I know it’s not much to cheer about, but it’s better than -15. With a favorable forecast for the remainder of the week I would like to remind residents to shovel out those snowbound vehicles parked on the street. The streets are narrow with the large piles of snow and we would like to assist the Hammond Public Works Department in their efforts to clean them up. We will begin red tagging cars tomorrow and Thursday and start towing cars 72 hours later. We feel that’s more than enough time to clear off the cars and get them started.

I am extremely grateful for my police officers. Many residents had their cars pushed out of snow banks by Hammond officers. I know it’s part of “To Protect and Serve” but I’m thankful that they did such a good job.

Chief Brian Miller

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year! With the snow and cold our crime is down some. No complaints here. I worked New Year’s Eve and while we were busy at times, it seemed lighter than normal. We made eight arrests from 11pm on the 31st to 11pm on the first.

The breakdown:

1 arrest public intoxication and disorderly conduct – no real shocker, here.
2 arrest for warrants for failure to appear warrants
1 arrest for theft
1 arrest for possession of marijuana
1 criminal recklessness with a firearm, handgun no permit and resisting law enforcement. A young man decided to fire his new handgun into the courtyard of an apartment complex. Fortunately no one was injured.
2 arrests for Operating while intoxicated. One involved an individual that fled from police and hit a recycling dumpster. Prior to police contact he had hit two parked vehicles and left the scene.

I hope 2014 is a wonderful year for you.

Chief Brian Miller

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Wow! that’s cold!

I don’t pretend to be an expert at anything except ditching chores on college football Saturday afternoons. With that said, I do have some experience in cold, snowy, winter weather. My climbing hobby has taken me to Mount Washington N.H. which is one of the colder, and certainly windiest places in America. Many bad things have happened to experienced and non-experienced climbers that have taken to the Mount Washington’s slopes without the proper cold weather gear. None of the victims of the mountain’s deadly storms planned to fail. They simply failed to plan. This week the region has been hit with severe weather. The cold weather is expected to continue through Thursday in with lows expected in the single digits to below zero. the wind chills may be 10-20 degrees below zero! When you travel outside please dress for the conditions. In fact, you should dress like you may expect to be stranded for awhile. Limit your travel and try to stay indoors if you can. In these conditions a car breakdown, or vehicle crash could turn into a life threatening event.

Stay warm and Happy Holidays!

Chief Brian Miller

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Holiday fun!

Thanksgiving Eve (sometimes referred to as Black Wednesday or blackout Wednesday) has replaced New Year’s Eve as biggest drinking night of the year. Thanksgiving is also the most traveled holiday period and many of those travelers are in cars. This creates a very dangerous mix. Every 51 seconds a person is killed by a drunk driver, 17% of those killed are under the age of 14. The Lake County Sheriff’s Police, Indiana State Police, and the Hammond Police Department are preparing for Black Wednesday, the busiest drunk driving night of the year. We have received a grant for traffic enforcement and we will be adding police patrols specifically targeting drunk driving. In addition, Hammond City Court Judge Jeffrey Harkin has raised the bond to $2000.00 cash for anyone arrested for driving while intoxicated. Arraignment will be Monday morning (December 2, 2013) following the holiday.

It’s my hope that by announcing these patrols and making our presence known, we will deter people from driving drunk. Please plan your partying with safety in mind. Always use a designated driver, and if that fails call a friend or a cab.

When we pull you over… You better be sober…

Chief Brian Miller

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Missing Juvenile

Yadira Ramirez

Yadira Ramirez

Yadira Ramirez is a 15 year old missing juvenile. She was last seen at Gavit High school last week (Nov 13). We believe that she ran away to be with her 18 year old boyfriend. The two teens may be staying in the area of 171st and Columbia Ave. If you see her please call the Hammond Police Department at (219) 853-6490.

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Stay the lines! The lines are your friends….

Crosswalk

Crosswalk

Lieutenant Patrick Vicari (Supervisor, Hammond Police Department Traffic Division) asked me to pass this news out on my blog.

The Hammond Police Department recently was awarded a grant through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute to reduce the number of pedestrian and bicycle crashes in the city. This is in response to a number of pedestrian/bicycle crashes with motor vehicles, most notably the crash that occurred on Calumet Avenue that resulted in the death of a 13 year old Hammond boy. Officers will be conducting increased enforcement of pedestrian, bicycle and motor vehicle laws. Although the initial focus will be near public schools both before and after, enforcement will not be limited to just students. We are encouraging pedestrians to use sidewalks, crosswalks and obey traffic control signals. We are also encouraging motorists to be mindful of our school zones, watch for pedestrians, and our school crossing guards.

Directing traffic

Directing traffic

Very soon, we will be traveling to our various schools and insuring adults and juveniles are crossing the street at the provided crosswalks. The School City of Hammond will be sending out a letter to students parents/guardians explaining our upcoming enforcement action.

Please drive safely, especially around our schools.

Chief Brian Miller

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STOPS Team

STOPS Team

STOPS Team

I have worked with the STOPS team on several occasions now and can honestly say I’m very impressed. In August, we created a full-time task force with police officers from Gary, Hammond, East Chicago, Lake County, and part time officers from other Lake County cities and towns. We work primarily in Gary, Hammond and East Chicago, but also in the suburbs. The impact of 12 to 15 police officers working in a problem area is dramatic. This unit has made many good arrests to include the Hessville cell-phone bandits. The team has also confiscated numerous guns and drugs. Last night they arrested, two previously convicted felons, carrying handguns with extended magazines. These subjects were affiliated with a criminal gang, and it’ll be interesting to see if bullets from these guns match any homicides or shooting (we test all confiscated guns).

This task force was the idea of Chief Mark Becker of East Chicago who I think very highly of. I’m glad the Hammond Police Department is part of it and I’m fortunate that I’m able to work with STOPS on occasion. It’s created permanent friendships among the officers from different departments and we all profit by seeing how area police agencies handle respective crime problems.

Chief Brian Miller

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Charged!

The three suspects responsible for Saturday’s armed robbery of two Hammond Sanitation workers have been charged by the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office. Alfonso Juan Calderon age 20, Rafael Calderon age 21, and Raymond Rivera age 23 have all been charged with 2 counts of “B” felony robbery. In addition, Rivera was charged with one count of “D” Felony Pointing a Firearm and one count of “D” Criminal Recklessness. All three have been transported to the Lake County Jail. The three suspects accosted 2 sanitation workers who were picking up garbage in an alley (500 Chicago Ave.) and demanded their wallets and cellphones. One of the suspects struck a sanitation worker in the face, and Raymond Rivera allegedly fired his pistol in the direction of a female driver who was attempting to drive around the garbage truck during the robbery. The bullet did not strike the female or her car.

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