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Gary police force grows by 8 as fresh recruits sworn in
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Gary police force grows by 8 as fresh recruits sworn in

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This file photo shows Gary police at the head of a multi-agency line of squad cars passing by Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus to honor the hospital's health care workers.

GARY — Eight new recruits have been added to Gary's police force during what officials call a transformative time in the field. 

At the Gary Common Council Wednesday Gary Mayor Jerome Prince, Chief of Police Brian Evans, Deputy Mayor Trent A. McCain and council members swore in the new recruits to the Gary Police Department. 

“After they complete their training at the police academy, these young men will come to work every day and commit to serving our citizens and businesses in all types of situations,” Prince said. “You really can’t ask for more than that from anybody, and I’m proud to welcome them.”

Ride along with LaPorte Police Specialist Justin Dyer as he patrols the streets of LaPorte.

The newest officers include: Victor Rodriguez, 30, of East Chicago; Adam Campos, 26, of East Chicago; Ahmed Hamed, 22, of East Chicago; Alphonse Mariani, 23, of Hammond; Timothy Martin, 33, of Gary; Ryan Matthis, 30, of Crown Point; David Poindexter, 33, of Chicago Ridge, Illinois; and Damon Woods, 22, of Chicago Heights, Illinois. 

“We welcome these recruits on the team. They have a lot to learn, but they also have a great deal to teach us,” Evans said. “Public safety continues to change every year, and these new recruits will help us adapt as they learn the ropes.”

McCain who leads the City of Gary Board of Public Works and Safety, said careful management of the city budget allowed for the funds to add more people to the police department. 

“Public service is a calling, not just a job, and it’s always necessary and very demanding,” McCain said. “We’re proud and excited to grow the ranks of our police department with recruits of the highest caliber.”

William Godwin, Gary Common Council president, thanked the eight individuals for their willingness to serve the community. 

“There is a serious need for men and women to step up and serve,” Godwin said. “For you to step up and serve is an honor. It is something we don’t take lightly.”

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Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts and investigative news. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology. 219-933-4194, anna.ortiz@nwi.com

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