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.
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.
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.
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.