Sheriff: Violence in Gary rises after extra patrols end


By: Associated Press

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GARY, Ind. (AP) — The Lake County sheriff says deadly violence is rising in Gary, attributing it in part to extra patrols ending due to county funding drying up.

According to Gary Police Department data, 38 people were killed in the city from January through August. Lake County leaders approved $200,000 in emergency funding in early August to put more county law enforcement officers on Gary streets.

Police department data say there was one homicide each in September and October. Emergency funds ran out in mid-November, and there have been 10 homicides in November and so far in December.

Lake County Sheriff John Buncich says the extra patrols were effective. He tells the (Merrillvile) Post-Tribune that he plans to ask for more funding to restore emergency patrols in January.