I want to recognize and thank the Fort Wayne Police Department, Fort Wayne UNITED, our local, state and federal law enforcement partners, and colleagues at several area social service agencies. Together, we commit ourselves each day to help ensure we’re doing all we can to be the safest city possible.
A commitment to public safety has been a top priority since I became mayor and it will continue to be. Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our residents, neighborhoods, and businesses.
Open communication, trust, and experience are vital components of our public safety efforts. Additional resources in the homicide unit and vice and narcotics division to address violent crimes and drugs in our community, partnerships to reduce the addiction epidemic, and a recruit class that will result in 24 new police officers are examples of our public safety action plan designed to make a lasting difference.
Our recent accomplishments and challenges and our goals and objectives moving forward demonstrate how we must continue to be proactive and innovative in providing public safety services.
Residents, neighborhoods, and businesses can take comfort in knowing Fort Wayne is a safe city. Overall crime is down 15 percent in our City. I’m more optimistic than ever before about where we’re headed as a community.