Growing and thriving cities must be safe for residents, neighborhoods, businesses, and visitors. In Fort Wayne, we are a safe city, and our public safety divisions continue to perform at a high level.

The work being done by the women and men of the Fort Wayne Police and Fort Wayne Fire departments is to be commended. Their collective commitment and dedication to protecting the public is evident each day.

The City of Fort Wayne made tremendous strides in 2022, and we’re encouraged by the proactive planning and strategies that are being implemented this year.

Fort Wayne Police Department plans for 2023:

*The FWPD’s 67th recruit class began in late January, which will bring the staffing level up to 500 officers.

*The Drone as First Responder program will move from the testing phase to operational.

*The new River Patrol will begin patrolling the rivers seasonally.

*The FWPD is expecting to increase the number of Downtown Bike Patrol officers.

Fort Wayne Fire Department plans for 2023:

*Complete the construction of the new Station 14 located on the northeast corner of State and Reed.

*Take delivery of new radios purchased through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant.

*Take delivery of new air packs, purchased through the American Rescue Plan Act.

*Begin and graduate the 95th recruit class of the Fort Wayne Fire Department, with a goal of having 370 firefighters on staff by the end of the year and 100 firefighters who also hold Advanced Life Support certifications.

*Purchase two engines to replace Engine 18 and Engine 12.

To learn more about public safety plans for 2023 and a recap of 2022 successes, watch Mayor Tom Henry’s City Beat program at this link: