East Chicago has a New Chief of Police

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East Chicago has a New Chief of Police. Mayor Anthony Copeland made the announcement during his State of the City luncheon this afternoon. Today’s Times reports that the mayor reportedly promoted patrol commander, Lt. Frank Smith to Police Chief.

According to the article the announcement came as a surprise to Lt. Smith who says that he is looking forward to building a better coalition and working relationship with the men and women of the department, while continuing to reduce crime in the city.

Smith a 28 year veteran of the police department, was named as a replacement for former Police Chief Mark Becker, who left the position upon being named one of the four finalists for chief of police for Ferguson, Missouri. Becker did not get the job as Ferguson decided to hire from within its department, according to the Times article.

You can read about East Chicago’s new police chief at: http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/smith-named-new-east-chicago-police-chief/article_f7fbdcc3-cdc7-5629-9183-06577c817c4a.html#utm_source=nwitimes.com&utm_campaign=%2Femail-updates%2Fbreaking%2F&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline