The cities of Gary and East Chicago will soon be able to add additional officers to their police forces thanks to Grants awarded through the Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program--of the U.S Department of Justice. 1st District Congressman Pete Visclosky says "these awards represent an investment in Northwest Indiana's law enforcement and will allow for the hiring of at least 15 officers." According to a press release from Congressman Visclosky's office, a grant of $1,230,383 will enable ten officers to be added to Gary's force and the other grant for $625,000 will allow for the hire of five officers for East Chicago.
Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says the grant is a "welcomed addition" to measures already implemented by the city to combat and prevent crime and that"Community policing is extremely important when it comes to buidling strong neighborhoods and healthy relationships with those who serve and protect us every day."
East Chicago Police Chief Mark Becker says, "this award is verification that the City of East Chicago is making progress with our proactive and innovative concepts." Cheif Becker also says, "We are proud of what we've been abe to achieve and look forward to leading additional community oriented programs."
According tot he U.S. Department of Justice, grantees fo the 2013 hiring program were selected based on their fiscal needs, local crime rates, and their commnity policing plans.
(provided photo: Congressman Pete Visclosky)