In the fall of 1980, 10 Officers of the Hammond Indiana Police Department
came together and formed the Tactical Unit. The only equipment that was
supplied was a few older weapons, and outdated tear gas. Most of the
weapons were in need of repairs. The Chief of Police then advised that
the unit was strictly a volunteer unit. No monies were available for additional
equipment, for overtime, or training. Each member paid for their own
equipment, which not only included their uniforms, and
necessary gear, but also weapons and repairs of weapons.
The Team members then went out into the community seeking
assistance, and because of the generosity of the people and business’s
of Hammond, the Team members were able to collect enough
donations, not only to purchase the first Tactical Unit Vehicle
(which was a used 1955 GMC bread delivery truck) the team was also able
to purchase most of the equipment that was needed, and repairs to weapons.
Because of the dedication and the perseverance of these 10 Officers
the Hammond Police Department Tactical Unit developed into,
and still is one of Best Tactical Teams in the Midwest.
Sgt Dennis A Johnson
(One of the founders of the Unit)
(1980 through 2004)