Rich James, writing in the Northwest Indiana Times, has a column about the Pence administration’s recent response to Gary’s request for help from the State Police.
After the mayor asked Gov. Mike Pence last month to send state troopers to the city, the governor said he would direct state police Superintendent Douglas Carter to assess Gary’s needs.
Well, the Pence patrol met last week in Lowell.
Pence told the mayor Carter’s team “will assist you in reviewing your intelligence gathering, training, command structure, budget and staffing levels.”
Apparently the meeting did not include the Lake County Sheriff, a representative from Gary, the East Chicago PD or the Hammond PD. It did, however, include representatives from the Michigan City PD, the Marion County Sheriff and the Porter County Sheriff.
I can’t imagine if Mayor Dennis had asked for help for West Lafayette which prompted a meeting that didn’t include a representative from our city but did include someone from Muncie, Wayne County, and maybe Frankfort.James suggests that the result of this process will likely be an effort to force some square pegs into round holes.