December 17, 2014 - Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry led a roundtable discussion this morning with about a dozen community and neighborhood leaders to discuss the effectiveness of local public safety initiatives and programs. Public Safety Director Rusty York, Police Chief Garry Hamilton and Allen County Sheriff-Elect David Gladieux served as moderators of the discussion.

Henry’s first “Mayor’s Roundtable on Public Safety” provided an opportunity for an open dialogue about local law enforcement agencies’ proactive public safety efforts. The meeting also focused on how the community can work together and communicate with police officers to enhance public safety services provided moving forward.

Today’s roundtable was the first in a series of public safety discussions that will occur over the next several months. The roundtable format is designed to explore how Fort Wayne’s diverse community can come together to ensure the overall safety of all residents.

 “I’m encouraged by the strides we continue to make in our commitment to public safety. Thanks to the leadership of Chief Hamilton, Director York, the Fort Wayne Police Department and our partner agencies, we’ve seen a considerable decline in homicides, robberies, and burglaries this year,” said Mayor Henry. “Having a group of dedicated community and neighborhood leaders at today’s roundtable sends a strong message that we’re a community that cares about one another and the success of everyone who calls Fort Wayne home. Open communication and trust are critical as we move forward and invest in our future.”

The Fort Wayne Police Department works collaboratively with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Indiana State Police, the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, and the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office to reduce violence and solve crimes.