Southeast Side 'Top Cop' Experiences Less Violent Crime

Published 04/30 2014 09:16PM

Updated 05/01 2014 08:19AM


Fort Wayne's Southeast Side has a new ‘Top Cop’. Deputy Chief Derrick Westfield took over the position after Gary Hamilton was promoted to Chief of the Fort Wayne Police Department.

In January, Derrick Westfield moved from Deputy Chief of the Southwest Division to the Southeast. 

"Some people may see the southeast side of town as a bad part of town,” said Westfield. 

However, Deputy Chief Westfield doesn't see it that way.

“The citizens of the Southeast side are good people and they care about their community just like everyone else,” said Westfield. 

Westfield says Southeast residents are taking it upon themselves to keep the yellow crime scene tape out of their neighborhood, and prevent another record breaking year of crime. 

“They are more involved this year for whatever reason, I don't know what that reason might be but whatever is, we are glad they decided to get more involved,” said Westfield. 

In 2013 Fort Wayne-Allen County,  saw 45 homicides and so far there’s only been three in 2014. 

“A combination of all three of those things, us working together with the community, the new gang and violent crimes unit and the prosecutor’s office, I think that's all a big factor on why the crime rate has decreased,” said Westfield. 

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