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Creation of Gang and Violent Crimes Unit for FWPD

With 2 shootings just this week and record setting homicide numbers last year, Fort Wayne Officials are taking another step toward trying to reduce crime in the city.
With 2 shootings just this week and record setting homicide numbers last year, Fort Wayne Officials are taking another step toward trying to reduce crime in the city.

Fort Wayne Police Chief Garry Hamilton announced the creation of a Gang and Violent Crimes Unit.

It's a collaboration involving City, County, State, and Federal Agencies all working together with 1 goal, to reduce violent crime in Fort Wayne.

"We know who you are, we know who your friends are, we know what type of vehicles you drive."

That's Fort Wayne Police Chief Garry Hamilton's warning to people involved in violent crimes.  He tells WFFT there are specific people the Gang and Violent Crime Unit will focus on.

"These individuals are targeting one another, going back and forth.  When we get our police reports, or people give information, the same names keep reoccuring so we know who these individuals are."

The United States Attorney of the Northern District of Indiana, David Capp, has federal agents working with the Gang Unit.

"Focus on the worst of the worst because if we can get them in the federal system, the reality is they are not coming back."

Capp explains why..."Once convicted, they serve a lengthy federal sentence so if we get them in our system, they're done.  They are not back on the streets."

With 2 shootings this week taking place during the day, Chief Hamilton says criminals are becoming more brazen.

"Put that fear back into these criminals that are committing these acts by being available to let our presence be felt in those areas of town."

If you are worried about the community and have any information, big or small about the crimes that have taken place in Fort Wayne, there is a completely anonymous hotline that you can call at 260-427-1262, or you can share information anonymously through the website fwpd.org.
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