Gary police making changes after state evaluation

2013-12-17T21:15:00Z 2013-12-17T22:58:08Z Gary police making changes after state evaluationElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com
December 17, 2013 9:15 pm  • 

GARY | The Gary Police Department announced Tuesday changes the department has made stemming from a state-issued evaluation from earlier this year. 

The most significant change the department has made is increased officers on patrol from 40 to 60 percent, according to a news release from the city. The increase was made by reassigning officers on desk duty back to patrol.

The release comes after a meeting among the Gary Police Department Technical Assessment Team, Police Chief Wade Ingram, Gary police command staff, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Gary Chief of Staff Richard Leverett and Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter.

Phone calls to Ingram seeking comment Tuesday night were not returned.

The state evaluation was done after Gov. Mike Pence ordered a review of the department because Gary officials asked for the state's help in the wake of a spike in violent crime earlier this year.

The release also outlined steps the department plans to take next year. The department is working on getting 50 computers for patrol cars, will undergo crash investigation training from Indiana State Police and plans to fill department vacancies with 10 new officers.

According to the report filed in October, a commander with a criminal history was the source of tension within the department. The report by the state recommended replacing the commander. It was not clear Tuesday what happened to the commander, and the issue was not addressed in the city's news release.

The meeting also included discussion of the creation of a cold case investigative squad, locating parolees and using grant money to do saturation patrols, which Indiana State Police helps with. 

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