Criminal Justice

East Chicago Police Host Community Policing Forum

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By: Lakeshore Staff

January 12, 2015— Mark J. Becker, Chief of Police, made the following statement about an upcoming forum surrounding policing:

I am pleased to announce that a public forum will be held so as to further discuss and better understand issues that have arisen across our nation which face our communities and the law enforcement profession. Several recent events have brought these discussions to the forefront in both the national and local media throughout our country, often resulting in very emotional debates and confrontations.

In that regard, with what may serve as the first of many such discussions, I am pleased to announce that our first such discussion will be held as indicated below:

Date: January 27, 2015
Time: 6pm-7:30pm
Location: Judge Lorenzo Arrendondo Justice Center

3711 Main Street, East Chicago, Indiana

Moderator: Reverend Micheal Smith, St. Luke AME Church, East Chicago, Indiana

Expected to be in attendance
Bernard Carter, Lake County, Indiana Prosecutor
Judge Lorenzo Arrendondo
Judge Calvin D. Hawkins
Mayor Anthony Copeland, City of East Chicago
Chief Larry McKinley, Gary Police Department
Chief John D. Doughty, Hammond Police Department
Chief Mark J. Becker, East Chicago Police Department
Dr. Joseph Ferrandino, Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Northwest Campus
Dr. Youssef Yomtoob, Superintendent, East Chicago School City of East Chicago
Mr. David Ryan, Executive Director, Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce
Lake County, Indiana Public Defender Officer (to be determined)
Marc Chase, The Times Newspaper

The format is not meant to be a panel discussion, but rather we hope to have community leaders in the audience to respond to concerns and comments presented by our citizens. We certainly welcome any and all to attend and to participate in what we hope will be a very informative, productive and professional discussion regarding issues which we all face together.


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