Federal grant will mean more police in Gary, East Chicago
By Matt Mikus email@example.com September 28, 2013 4:06PM
Updated: October 30, 2013 6:52AM
East Chicago and Gary police department will receive a total of $1.855 million in federal grants to hire additional police officers.
U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky said the grants were awarded through the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) hiring program. Grantees for the 2013 hiring program were selected based on fiscal needs, local crime rates, and community policing plans, according to the Department of Justice.
The Gary Police Department will receive $1,230,383 to hire 10 additional officers, while the East Chicago department will hire 5 officers with $625,000 in grant funds.
“These awards represent an investment in Northwest Indiana’s law enforcement and will allow for the hiring of at least 15 officers,” Visclosky said. “I commend the East Chicago and Gary Police Departments for their commitment to promote innovative ways to increase public safety.”
East Chicago Police Chief Mark Becker said the grant verifies the city’s progress with innovative concepts.
“We recognize that working together with residents of our city is extremely important to our success,” said Becker.
Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said the additional police presence will help strengthen community policing.
“With all of the measures we have been implementing to combat and prevent crime in our city,” Freeman-Wilson said, “receiving this grant is a welcomed addition.”