Crown Point mayor David Uran, left, administers the oath of office to Daniel Lee as he joins the city police force during the Board of Public Works and Safety meeting Wednesday April 10, 2013. | Andy Lavalley~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 16, 2013 3:17PM
CROWN POINT — Daniel Lee was sworn in as a police officer with his family watching at the Board of Public Works and Safety meeting April 10.
Lee comes to Crown Point from the Lowell Police Department where he served for six years. The oath of office was administered by Mayor Dave Uran, a former Crown Point police officer himself. Lee’s badge number is 93.
Police Chief Pete Land, whose badge number is 46, introduced Lee to Uran and the rest of the board. He told them that Lee is 27 and is a 2007 graduate of the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, where he graduated in the top 10 in his class. In 2008 he became a certified instructor through the State of Indiana and served as the firearms instructor for Lowell Police Department.
“Dan is also a member of the Northwest Regional SWAT team, on which Crown Point police presently have four active members,” Land said.
Before joining the Lowell force Lee worked for two years as a public safety officer at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.
Land said he is thrilled to have Lee join the Crown Point force. Land said that when he was an officer in Merrillville Police Department, Lee’s father was assistant chief.
Land said, “After his completion of the department’s Field Training Officer Program, Dan will be assigned to the Uniformed Patrol Division.”
Land added, “His hiring allows the police department to maintain its current staffing level of 41 officers.
Lee is filling the spot left open when the board accepted the letter of retirement for Officer Charles Sprague. Land told the board that Sprague was retiring from the Police Department after 13 years of service as a K-9 officer because of an on-the-job injury.
In a second action, the board agreed to allow Sprague to purchase his duty weapon from the city for $1. That is common practice for retiring officers.
The mayor’s chief of staff, Keith Stevens, himself a former Crown Point police and K-9 officer, said, “Chuck was not only an excellent K-9 officer. When Chuck came in he opened my eyes to new things in K-9 work.”
In other business, Fire Chief Greg DeLor presented a new Fire-Rescue Department hiring list. He asked for approval of that list and approval to make a conditional offer of employment to the first candidate on it.
The new hiring list will be good until 2014 or until it is used up. The list now contains six qualified candidates.
This will put the Fire Department back at full staff.
DeLor said, “The previous list was empty. It shows how good their list was, everyone on it was hired by other departments.”