Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Q: My dad has a police sticker on the back window of his car and he thinks this will help get him out of a ticket. Is this really true?

A: Actually, no. Politeness and honesty are your best friends in a traffic stop. Many police officers already have an idea of what enforcement action they will take when they stop you.

However, honesty and good manners are so refreshing that many officers appreciate it and may give you a break. Rudeness, on the other hand, can turn a warning into a court appearance.

Q: I am home from college and pursuing a criminal justice degree and was curious to see if you had a summer internship program?

A: Our department does not offer long-term internships. However, we do have limited ride-alongs and observation times as part of Indiana college's course curriculum in criminal justice or law courses. A letter of enrollment must be submitted by your professor.

Q: I walk on the county road in the morning for exercise. Can you tell me if it is safer to walk with traffic or against it?

A: Actually, Indiana law states in absence of a sidewalk, a pedestrian shall only walk on the shoulder as far as practicable from the edge of the roadway. In the absence of a shoulder (walking or running in roadway) the pedestrian shall walk only on the left side of the roadway against traffic.

Q: My father-in-law takes his dog for a ride to the park every day in his truck. When he does, "Trixie" rides right on his lap hanging out of the window. Can he get into trouble for this?

A: Sounds like Trixie is one lucky dog. Apart from being a distraction and potentially dangerous driving practice, there is no Indiana law prohibiting the way animals ride in a car or truck.

Q: Is it policy that when police officers are involved in a shooting that they are suspended from duty"?

A: Yes, it is true that any officer-involved shooting immediately requires an administrative leave. This allows for our department or other assisting agency to investigate the incident and also allows us to evaluate the officer's fitness for duty.

Any involvement with shooting someone or being placed in a deadly force encounter can be extremely draining both emotionally and physically.

This week's riddle

In last column's riddle sponsored by Michigan City Christian Church SAM'S Ministry, the winner of the $30 gas card was JoAn Galinowski of Michigan City.

Let's answer last column's riddle of who was murdered in my front yard? The answer of course was nobody. A flock of crows is called a "murder."

The sponsor for this week's riddle is First United Methodist Church of Michigan City. The winner receives a $30 gas card.

I was told the math riddles are the best, so try this one. Find the six-digit number in which the first and last digits are the same; the first and last digits multiplied by two gives a two-digit number, now the second and third digits; and the last digit multiplied by three gives a two-digit number, now the fourth and fifth digits. The sum of all the digits is 22.

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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