Gary Police Department

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Gary Police Department
Abbreviation GPD
Agency overview
Formed 1906
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* City of Gary in the state of Indiana, USA
Size 2,045.5/sq mi (789.8/km2)
Population 80,294 (2010 est.)
Legal jurisdiction City of Gary, Indiana
Governing body Gary City Council
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters 555 Polk Street
Gary, Indiana
Officers 290 (2010)
Agency executive Larry McKinley,
Chief of Police
Gary Police Department
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Gary Police Department services the city of Gary, Indiana. The current chief of police is Larry McKinley, who was appointed on July 28, 2014.


The Gary Police Department started in 1906 shortly after U.S. Steel laid out a new town; the department consisted of a town marshal and a few deputy marshals. The first arrest was made November 3, 1906 with the charges of assault and battery.

The first official police department was organized in 1909 shortly after Gary became a city. Joe Martin was appointed the first police chief with seven sworn officers under his command.

Throughout the years the department had a steady growth reaching at its peak a number of 427 officers in the early 1960s, but with a decline of population the department is now at the current strength of 296 officers.

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