Police department still a question in Calumet Village

Graham Jaehnig/Daily Mining Gazette Whether Calumet Village will have a police department remains a question, said Village President Dave Geisler. The topic will most likely be discussed at the regular June meeting.

CALUMET — Village President Dave Geisler said there is currently no answer to the police department question, after Officer Blake Frantti submitted his resignation on May 10, and Chief Keith Anderson resigned three days later.

Geisler said the topic will most likely be discussed at the regular June meeting, on how the council and the village residents want to proceed.

Part of the decision may rest on what the village can afford to do.

While the village spent time looking to areas that could be cut or scaled back, the question of cutting the force from two full-time officers to one full-time and one part-time officer was raised, but was not discussed.

“It’s basically up to the council,” Geisler said. “Do they want to pursue having a police department? If so, do they want one full-time, or one full-time and one part-time officer?”

Geisler said in the past, the village has traditionally contracted with one full-time officer and one or two part-time officers, but moving forward, the main question is what does the community want.

“It’s not up to me,” Geisler said, “it’ll be up to the what the community wants.”