Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Q: I just watched an interesting TV show where the officers had a "Blue Code of Silence." Have you ever seen a cop lie under oath or not say anything to protect a fellow officer?

A: The Blue Code of Silence or "Blue Code" is a term used to indicate the unwritten rule that police officers do not report on a colleague's errors, misconduct or crimes.

I am sure there is some truth to it as people who are friends (regardless of profession) tend to stick up for each other when something bad occurs. You can find this on a sports team, in the military and in organizations where close teamwork is essential for success.

I have never seen a police officer lie under oath to protect another officer. I also have not ever seen another officer turn a blind eye to criminal behavior. I am sure it has happened, but not nearly as often as Hollywood portrays.

Q: I am not handicapped but my mother is. Can I get a handicapped placard for my car to take her to her doctor's appointments?

A: Actually your mother can get one. Placards, when issued, are assigned to the person and not the vehicle, which means a placard can be taken from one vehicle to another whether the handicapped person is the driver or passenger.

The thing that upsets me, and most officers, is the capable person who does transport their loved one to appointments but uses the placard personally even when the handicapped person is not in the car.

Please do not abuse this system as there are lots of well-deserved people that really need these spots. If we catch you we will ticket you.

Q: I see some departments have a mounted horse patrol. Is there a reason Michigan City does not?

A: Actually the La Porte County Sheriff's Department has a mounted patrol that can be used throughout the county if necessary.

This group of horse owners is an all-volunteer organization. It is not practical or economical for our city to own and maintain horses as there is not enough call to utilize them. Horses are excellent tools for assisting in crowd control, and New Orleans and New York both have mounted units exactly for this reason.

Also in rural and remote areas horses can go a lot of places vehicles cannot, so it does make sense to conduct search and rescue in rugged environments.

Q: What happens to drugs that are seized during drug arrests?

A: Drugs are immediately counted, weighed, tested and packaged for court. The drugs are then held in evidence until the conclusion of the criminal trial.

At that point the judge will issue an order of destruction. When this occurs, the drugs are then destroyed by incineration.

This week's riddle

The winner of the $30 gas card sponsored by Jay Goodrich of NICTD South Shore in Michigan City was Millie Bearickx of Michigan City.

Let's answer last column's riddle of what was the first name of each man's wife? Tom Collins was married to May, Captain Morgan to June, and Jack Daniels to April.

The sponsor for this week's riddle is Kyra and her team at the Antique Mart in Michigan City. The winner receives a $30 gas card.

Let's play a little geography puzzle. Take a look at the letters below. If Boston is east of New York, cross out all the A's. If not, cross out the R's. If Paris is south of New York, cross out all the O's. If not, cross out the I's. If Sri Lanka is in Asia, cross out the B's and U's. If not, cross out the C's.

The remaining letters will tell your plight. Give me a call if you think you're right.


The 10th correct answer by phone or email at exactly 1 p.m. Friday wins.

To answer a question, or ask one, contact Sgt. Chris Yagelski at 219-873-1461, ext. 333 or email

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