Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and Gary Police today met with Indiana State Police for a roundtable discussion, in the Indiana University Northwest Campus Library Conference Center, which included a review of actions taken by Gary Police Chief Wade Ingram since the issuance of an October report completed by the Gary Police Department Technical Assessment Team. Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter says State Police stand ready to continue the partnership of manpower and ideas. Mayor Freeman-Wilson says the assessment shows Gary Police have taken significant steps to address crime, from increased manpower on the streets to the implementation of more technology. Follow up meetings to assess progress will be scheduled.
Highlights of the meeting are listed below:
- Transferring more officers to patrol
- Prior to the assessment, 40% of manpower was assigned to patrol; now 66% of manpower is assigned to patrol.
- Officers were transferred from desk duty to patrol, and their positions were filled with reserve officers and civilian staff.
- Through grants and donations, GPD is in the process of acquiring more than 50 in-car computers.
- Indiana State Police will provide additional crash investigation training scheduled to begin the first quarter of 2014.
- As previously announced, 10 new officers were sworn in November 6 and will start their academy training on January 13, 2014 with additional plans in place to fill police vacancies in 2014.
- Indiana State Police will continue manpower participation in monthly saturation patrols with the Gary Police Department.
Other areas discussed included operation procedures in the lock-up area, establishing a cold case investigative squad, decrease of crime with the exception of homicides, resident locations of parolees, use of grant funds for saturation patrols and enforcing curfew violations to reduce overnight criminal acts.