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Gary police force ‘on notice’ about drug use

Updated: January 8, 2013 6:27AM



GARY — Two memos presented to the Gary Police Civil Service Commission “put people on notice” that drug use will not be tolerated, Chief Wade Ingram said Thursday night.

“If they’ve got a problem, go to EAP and get help now,” Ingram said, referring to the employee assistance program.

Random drug testing will begin as soon as the city’s human resources department is ready to start

“Any person who tests positive will be cited at the police commission for termination,” Ingram said, adding he and Deputy Chief Larry McKinley will be the first to submit to the random testing.

The city initiated drug testing in the mid-1990s, but it was halted some time later for unknown reasons. Recently, two Gary police have been arrested on drug-related crimes.

The testing will also apply to reserve officers, Ingram said.

Reserve officer James Johnson, who was arrested at his Brunswick home Wednesday morning, resigned from the volunteer force. The board approved the resignation unanimously without comment.

Johnson’s brother allegedly sold crack cocaine to undercover officers, who followed him to the home they share. Johnson was also a bailiff in Gary City Court, but he has been relieved of that job.

After moving quickly through the regular agenda, board members turned their attention to commission attorney Charles Brooks, who is retiring.

City Clerk Suzette Raggs, Councilwoman Mary Brown, Lake Superior Court Judge Charles Hawkins and others offered praise and good wishes to Brooks, who served as the board’s legal adviser for 17 years.

After receiving tributes, plaques and applause, Brooks humbly thanked the board and audience for their kind words.

“Now I’m going to sit down and try to figure out who you were talking about,” he said to laughter and more applause.

Gary lawyer Clorius Lay will be the board attorney in January.



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