Homicide, vice units adding resources to combat rise in violent crime
Violent crime rose nearly 8 percent last year, and city leaders said today they will add resources to police department Homicide and Vice and Narcotics units to combat the problem.
“A commitment to public safety has been a top priority since I became mayor and it will continue to be,” Mayor Tom Henry said today. “Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our residents, neighborhoods and businesses.”
Henry joined Police Chief Steve Reed, Fire Chief Eric Lahey and other public safety personnel at a news conference, where they outlined statistics from 2018 and announced goals for this year.
Overall crime in Fort Wayne was down 15 percent in 2018, said Reed, who applauded city officers and partners including the Allen County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI. Arrests of adults increased 4 percent compared to 2017, and arrests for illegal possession of a handgun rose by nearly a third.
The Fort Wayne Fire Department saw 24,000 calls for service last year, and two new ladder trucks were placed into service. Three new vehicles -- a rescue vehicle and two engines -- will enter service this year.
Lahey said he wants to add firefighters to department ranks and update its records management system.