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Police Taking Aim at Gun Violence

(Michigan City, IN) - Michigan City Police are increasing patrols to try and reduce gun violence.


So far this year, officers have responded to more than 180 calls of shots fired in the community, the overall gunfire having resulted in a death along with injuries and property damage. 


Over the past several months, Michigan City Police Chief Steve Forker and other members of his administration have met with community leaders, citizens and public safety officials from the surrounding area on how to curb the gun violence.


Police said increased “proactive patrols” aimed at curbing the problem will be taking place with help from outside law enforcement agencies. Officers from the La Porte County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police and the municipalities of La Porte, Trail Creek and Long Beach will be used to increase patrols. 


“The residents of Michigan City along the visitors deserve to enjoy all the amenities Michigan City has to offer without having to hear gunshots being fired or being afraid,” said Michigan City Police Lt. Steve Westphal.


Michigan City is not alone, with 50 people on average losing their lives daily from gun violence nationwide.

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