By Leah Sander
PIERCETON — Pierceton police officer Ashley Jones may be delayed in starting her formal training.
Pierceton Town Council members heard that news from Town Marshal Tim Sammons during the council’s Jan. 11 meeting.
That’s due to COVID-19 causing the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield to be backed up on training new officers, said Sammons. Jones was originally going to start Feb. 15 and graduate May 28. Sammons said he believes the academy might switch to a format of partial online learning to help train new officers.
Sammons also told council members that the department’s new laptops are in and just have to have software installed in them. The police department’s new radios should be in soon as well.
He’s also working on parking issues along Arnolt Drive. Town Superintendent Casey Boggs is to help install signage there to help with the issue.
Sammons also gave a year-end report of the department’s calls for service in 2020. Last year the department had 4,628 recorded calls, averaging 12.6 per day.
He said the daily number of calls for last year was “pretty average for a community this size.”
In other business, the council:
- Heard that the town’s trash collection day is now Tuesday. That’s due to the town having a new trash removal service, Sweetheimer Trash Removal of Pierceton.
The council’s next regular meeting is 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at the Pierceton Community Building.