GARY, Ind. — Multiple law enforcement agencies are highlighting a “violent crime reduction strategy” in Gary following what the mayor called a hard reset of the department.

The Gary Police Department, Indiana State Police, Lake County Prosecutors Office, Indiana State Excise Police, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office all gathered together Friday in Gary to discuss their collaboration as well as changes within the Homicide Task Force.

Interim Chief of the Gary Police Department Jerry Williams described some of the changes he has helped to make within the department since taking the position on Jan. 6. His appointment followed eight months of studying the department to identify needed changes as a part of an Indiana State Police led task force.

The Gary Police Department has had nearly a dozen chiefs since 2006, and it has been without a permanent police chief since 2020.

Williams will hold the interim role until at least July and Gary Mayor Jerome Prince has said he won’t select a permanent chief of police until all of the reforms are complete.

Watch the entire press conference in the video above.