public safety

5:41 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Police and Fire Departments to Offer Public Safety Summer Camps

Mayor Tom Henry joined public safety and community leaders at Bridge of Grace Ministries to announce new public safety summer camps.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

The City of Fort Wayne’s public safety departments are partnering with a  southeast­side ministry to provide public safety camps for kids and teens.  

Bridge of Grace Ministries will host Fort Wayne’s fire and police departments, and  up to three hundred kids for three weeklong public safety camps. 

The idea is to educate the youth about how to respond to public safety situations in  their own neighborhoods, and to potentially groom them for their own careers in  public safety.

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3:56 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Overall Crime in Fort Wayne Down in 2014

Credit Fort Wayne Police Department

Fort Wayne City Leaders updated the community on 2014’s public safety stats Thursday.

Mayor Tom Henry joined law enforcement officials to announce an overall reduction in crime of more than 14 percent last year. That includes a more than 60 percent drop in homicides. Robberies and burglaries were also down.

But the numbers weren’t down across the board – Fort Wayne saw an increase in rapes and arsons in 2014.

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5:56 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Fort Wayne Officially Has a New Police Chief and Director of Public Safety

Fort Wayne's new Chief of Police Garry Hamilton being sworn in.
Credit Virginia Alvino

With the new year came a number of personnel changes for the Fort Wayne Police Department. It was standing room only at the swearing-in ceremony for new Police Chief Garry Hamilton. He’s the first African American to hold the position, and will be taking the place of long time Chief Rusty York.

At the ceremony York took an oath of his own to become Fort Wayne’s Director of Public Safety – a position that hasn’t been filled in years.

Other promotions include a new Assistant Police Chief and Deputy Chiefs of the Southeast and Southwest Divisions, among others.

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5:12 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Henry Announces New Police Chief

Mayor Tom Henry announced Garry Hamilton as Fort Wayne's first African American Police Chief
Credit Virginia Alvino

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced his appointment Monday for the city’s new police chief. Garry Hamilton will be the first African-American to hold the position, replacing outgoing chief Rusty York, who was recently named the city’s new public safety director.

At a press conference, Mayor Henry said Hamilton’s priorities will be to improve communication with other law enforcement agencies and the community, and to instate a strategic plan to address homicides and violent crimes in the city.

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5:43 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Fort Wayne Set To Reinstitute A Director Of Public Safety

Mayor Tom Henry nominated Rusty York as the Director of Public Safety on Tuesday.
Credit Virginia Alvino

The City of Fort Wayne may soon be getting a new Director of Public Safety. Mayor Tom Henry announced Tuesday that current Police Chief Rusty York is his for the new position. The job is being reinstated in part as a response to the near record number of murders the city’s seen this year.

Henry explains that York will oversee the both the Fort Wayne Police and Fire Departments. He’ll also aid collaboration between other public safety agencies, Fort Wayne Community Schools, and faith-based communities.

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