Police agencies combine for Gary, East Chicago patrol
Post-Tribune staff report August 23, 2012 10:42PM
Lake County Deputy N. Dvorscak frisks a subject arrested in East Chicago on an outstanding warrant the command station setup in the IUN parking lot on August 23, 2012. | Jim Karczewski~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 25, 2012 10:55AM
GARY — Police from at least 10 area departments and two federal agencies gathered at the Gary/Chicago International Airport Thursday night as they began an “aggressive patrol” of Gary and East Chicago.
“Sheriff John Buncich made a commitment to have these operations to get drug dealers and gang bangers off the street, to allow the good people to enjoy their neighborhoods,” Lake County assistant chief Dan Murchek said.
Teams of officers target known trouble areas, making arrests where they can.
“If you are outside enjoying the nice night and aren’t making any trouble, you don’t have anything to worry about,” Murchek said.
Acknowledging the financial problems most police agencies face, Murchek said working together is cost-effective while sending a strong message to criminals.
Participating departments include Gary, Hammond, East Chicago, Indiana State Police, Lake Station, Whiting, Lake County, Munster, Northern Indiana Commuter Transit District, Indiana University Northwest, DEA and ATF.
“We will continue doing this periodically,” Murchek vowed.