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Gary mayor swears in 10 police officers

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Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson has sworn in 10 new police officers to patrol the violence-plagued northwestern Indiana city.

The officers added Wednesday bring the city's police force to 232 officers. The mayor's office say the new recruits are expected to hit the streets of Gary in the spring after additional training.

A state-led review of the Gary Police Department released last month found staffing shortages among other problems. The report was prompted by Freeman-Wilson's request to Gov. Mike Pence in July to send 60 state troopers to the city to enforce law and order.

Pence countered by offering assistance with training, processing evidence and technology.

Police Chief Wade Ingram recently estimated the city of about 79,000 residents could record 55 homicides this year.

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