New Gary police chief putting more officers on the street
By Lori Caldwell firstname.lastname@example.org August 3, 2011 3:44PM
The new Gary Police Chief Anthony Stanley (right) addresses his new police recruits with Gary Mayor Rudy Clay (left) following the ceremonial swearing-in at Gary City Hall in Gary, Ind. Wednesday August 3, 2011. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 2, 2011 6:55PM
GARY--Chief Anthony Stanley started implementing his plans even before he was sworn in Wednesday morning.
“We gotta get more bodies on the street. I already put four more officers out there,” Stanley said at City Hall, moments after he and 15 new recruits took their oath of office.
A 26-year-veteran who has served as a traffic officer, training officer, drug investigator and commander of the SWAT team and various divisions, Stanley provides the aggressive attitude toward crime the city needs, Mayor Rudy Clay said.
“What we are doing now is shifting to a more aggressive approach and taking it to the streets,” the mayor told the standing-room-only crowd.
More than a dozen Gary officers joined family and friends of new recruits for the ceremonies. They applauded and smiled as Clay described his new appointee.
Stanley replaced Gary O. Carter, who has been in Washington D.C. this week meeting with Department of Justice officials about Community Orienting Policing Services.
Clay said Carter’s deputy chief, Michael Mallett, will retain his spot, noting Mallett was instrumental in the city’s first Citizens Academy earlier this year.
While Stanley supporters are pleased that he has taken control of a department that suffers from manpower shortages, low morale and financial challenges, others worry that his previous actions signal trouble ahead.
In 2007, Stanley personally filed a civil lawsuit against about 50 officers who live outside the city. All but nine were white or Hispanic. The case was finally dismissed in December.
In the interim, the city passed an ordinance that allows police officers to be hired randomly from a list of qualified candidates. Previously, the chief chose based on a ranking provided by the Gary Police Civil Service Commission, which listed potential hires based on the results of written and physical tests and interviews.
Clay said Wednesday that of the 48 new officers he’s hired, 44 are Gary residents.
The announcement drew enthusiastic applause.
Stanley said in addition to the four officers he’s moved from desk duty to patrol, he intends to assign more reserve officers to street work.
“Everybody from the top down has to roll of their sleeves,” he said.
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