Reducing Violent Crime Though Improved Law Enforcement Strategies and Building Community Relations [open pdf - 653KB]
"Faced with rising numbers of homicides-even though violent crime numbers were down-increasing media attention about the safety of Gary residents and economic challenges impacting the city's capacity to address public safety, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson reached out to the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Diagnostic Center in January 2013 for assistance. The City of Gary, IN requested help in identifying and implementing data-driven strategies that target factors contributing to homicides and youth-related violent crime. The Diagnostic Center worked with GPD [Gary Police Department] and the City of Gary to assess crime issues and to determine the GPD's and the City of Gary's operational capability. Partnering with local, state and federal organizations, the Diagnostic Center talked with a broad range of law enforcement, academic and government organizations to determine both the challenges and possible models for response. Indiana University Northwest, Indiana State Police, the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Indiana, numerous federal and local law enforcement agencies, task forces and a variety of community groups and citizens all had input into the assessment and recommendation effort. After completing the in-depth Diagnostic Analysis, the Diagnostic Center matched a series of recommendations and data-driven models to address the City of Gary's needs and presented its findings and recommendations to the community."
Office of Justice Programs Diagnostic Center: http://www.ojpdiagnosticcenter.org/