Gary, IUN to offer community police classes
by Lori Caldwell email@example.com|648-3258 December 10, 2012 3:38PM
Indiana University police department police chief Particia Nowak, second from right, looks on as Gary chief Kerry Rice prepares to answer a questions during an on-campus press conference in Gary Monday Dec. 10, 2012. Both departments will join to offer a citizens' police academy for people who live or work in the city. | Andy Lavalley~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 12, 2013 6:13AM
GARY--If you’re a fan of police shows that reveal the inner workings of law enforcement, then the Gary and Indiana University Northwest police have just the thing for you.
Beginning next month, both departments will offer 10-week classes in all aspects of police work.
Topics include crime scene processing, K-9 units, criminal investigations and how various divisions within the departments operate.
While those who attend get a close look at behind-the-scenes police work, police benefit as well.
“Citizen participation is the key to crime reduction,” Gary Chief Wade Ingram said at a news conference Monday morning.
IUN police Chief Patricia Nowak said a primary goal of the session is to “strengthen the relationship between residents and police.”
Classes will be held at two locations: Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. at IUN and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon at the Public Safety Facility. About 20 people will be allowed to register for one of the locations. There is no cost to attend, but anyone interested must submit an application, agree to a background check and complete an interview with police officials.
IUN Chancellor William Lowe, who studied police history, said the concept of community policing dates back 200 years.
“It’s an old idea that has become very current,” he said. “Police and community get to know each other very well.”
Nowak noted that about one-fourth of Gary’s residents live in the Glen Park neighborhood that surround the campus.
“We are very concerned about their issues,” she said.
Applications are available at the Public Safety Facility, 555 Polk St., and Indiana University Northwest. Classes are open to anyone who lives or works in Gary. The deadline to apply is Dec. 28. Classes begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 15 at IUN and at 9 a.m. Jan. 19 at the Public Safety Facility. For more information, call 980-6501.