Isaacs honored for 20 years of service at awards luncheon
By Kitty Conley firstname.lastname@example.org March 20, 2013 9:50AM
Cpl. Sean Garrison, of the Hammond Police Department, sings the National Anthem during a police awards banquet on Friday, March 15, 2013, at Avalon Manor, in Merrillville. | Scott R. Brandush~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 20, 2013 2:21AM
HOBART — At the 12th annual awards luncheon honoring Northwest Indiana police officers on March 15 at Avalon Manor, officers were honored for service during 2012 and also for their collective years of service.
Detective Norm Isaacs of Crown Point was honored for spearheading a five-month long investigation of allegations of sexual abuse of a juvenile by a family member. This investigation involved multiple police agencies in Indiana and Illinois. Isaacs’s long and detailed investigation led to the successful filing of criminal charges against the alleged perpetrator.
Isaacs also led a multi-county investigation of the theft of donation jars used to collect money for a young cancer-stricken patient. With the help of the public Isaacs was able to apprehend and charge the alleged thief.
Isaacs has served as a member of the Crown Point Police Department for 20 years.
Joseph Knight, a one-year member of the Lowell Police Department, was recognized for implementing the request of the Lowell Town Council to increase communications with the town’s business districts. Knight was selected by Chief John Shelhart to create a community-policing program, which would enhance how both visitors and residents enjoy the business district in the business districts.
Knight worked on crime prevention by visiting all business districts and listening and recording the comments of the people that work in those stores. By creating an ongoing email relationship with the businesses and developing new patrol strategies, theft and criminal mischief incidents have decreased, according to Shelhart.
This event that welcomes police agencies in both Lake and Porter counties is the work of co-chairmen Dan Sebben, Diane Poulton and Lowell Assistant Chief Scott Tokach, all representing the Northwest Indiana Public Information Officers Association. The Lake County Sheriff’s Color Guard and the Sheriff’s Police Pipes and Drums of Lake County brought everyone to their feet.