(GARY) - The mayor of Gary has asked Gov. Mike Pence's office to allow Indiana State Police to help the city try to deal with an increase in violence.
The Times of Munster reports that Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson made the request Thursday. State Police Sgt. Ann Wojas said her department is considering the request. State police officials met with Gary Police Chief Wade Ingram and other officers on Friday.
Shootings and homicides have plagued Gary in recent weeks. So far this year there have been 26 murders in Gary, nine more than this time last year.
Freeman-Wilson says she requested help from state police because wants to send a message that the violence will not be tolerated.
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