Cincinnati Police

Jay Hanselman

Cradle Cincinnati is announcing a couple new partnerships in an effort to prevent sleep-related infant deaths.  It is called the “Cribs for Kids” program.  

One of those involves the United Way's 211 line.  It connects people with community resources.  

Hamilton County Commissioner and Cradle Cincinnati co-chairman Todd Portune said it will help get baby cribs to parents who need them.

  Dealing with the stresses and tragedies that often come with police work requires a special type of mental toughness, but there are times when even those who protect us daily need some assistance. The Cincinnati Police Department's independently contracted psychologist, Dr. James Daum, is profiled in the November issue of Cincinnati Magazine and he joins us to talk about the work he does to help officers cope with the challenges unique to their job.

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  Tension has been running high in Ferguson, Missouri as the community awaits a decision from a grand jury on whether a  police officer will be indicted for the shooting death of an unarmed black teen. Some experts say there could be riots similar to what happened in Los Angeles in 1992 in the Rodney King case if there's no indictment.

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Cincinnati Police Officers, in the midst of a 30-day trial for body cameras, recorded an officer involved fatal shooting Sunday, helping to back up the story told by police and witnesses.

At about 6:45 p.m. Sunday officers went to 379 Rosemont Avenue in West Price Hill for a report of shots fired. That's where they found 37-year old  Christopher Mitchell with a gun to his head. Reportedly he had threatened suicide earlier in the day and pulled the trigger of another gun he held to his head, but it didn't go off. Friends say he had a history of depression and substance abuse.

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Despite back-to-back shooting incidents downtown this week, shootings and violent crime remain down in Cincinnati compared to last year.

Chief Jeffrey Blackwell says police are stepping up patrols throughout the summer anyway to make sure people feel, and are, safe downtown.

"We're going to have a comprehensive incident command-based plan as we move forward to address every weekend event that we have from now through Labor Day and beyond even through Oktoberfest," says Blackwell.

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Cincinnati has 19 new police officers. The department's first class of lateral transfer recruits in more than six years was sworn in today. The officers all came from other Ohio agencies but still had to go through the city's training process. Chief Jeffrey Blackwell calls today's graduation exciting.

The new officers will hit the ground running with their first duty assignment working the Cincinnati Reds game on Saturday. They'll be paired with field training officers on Sunday and begin working in their assigned districts.

The barricades on McMicken Street to reduce prostitution are scheduled to be in place for about another month, but some residents want them to be removed now. 

Vanessa Sparks of the Mohawk Area Development Corporation told Cincinnati City Council's Law and Public Safety Committee this morning that the barricades are placing a burden on the neighborhood's residents.

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Cincinnati Police didn't have too far to go to begin round one of a crackdown targeting gang members allegedly dealing drugs and guns in East Price Hill.

The SWAT team executed a search warrant at 3216 Warsaw, diagonal from District Three Police Headquarters, where two shootings happened last weekend. That was just the beginning.

By 2:00 Tuesday police say they had arrested 14 of the 29 people wanted.  One involved a car chase into Kentucky.

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The numbers point to a safer Cincinnati, but the perception for many is that some neighborhoods still aren't. Just today District Three Police Captain Dan Gerard took members of the Board of Realtors on a tour of Price Hill, where crime is at its lowest in ten years.

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Two special services are planned Monday to remember fallen local police officers. The first one begins at Fountain Square at 11:00 am. There family and friends of current and past officers will gather. They will then march to the police memorial across from District One Police Headquarters.

Fraternal Order of Police President Kathy Harrell says this is the same day another police class is starting. These are officers transferring from other parts of Ohio to Cincinnati. There are 23 of them and the class will last ten weeks.

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Cincinnati Police said they've arrested 15 people and taken 11 weapons off the streets so far as part of an ongoing investigation of gang-related violence in the West End.  The effort represents four months of investigative work by various law enforcement agencies as part of the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence, also known as CIRV. 

"We want to send a loud and clear message that we do not accept homicides; we do not accept violent behavior," said Mayor John Cranley at a press briefing Thursday.

Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police President Kathy Harrell had a blunt message for city council about police department staffing.

“We’re at the point right now that officers out on the street lives are in jeopardy,” Harrell said.  “I’m going to get a lot of slack for saying that, but I don’t care.  They’re out there with 187 less officers.”

Harrell testified Tuesday before Council's Law and Public Safety Committee.  

Without new officers, the department could be down 267 officers by the end of 2015.  Harrell said something has to change.

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The Cincinnati Police Department is gearing up for several events this spring and summer focused on engaging the city's youth.  

Chief Jeffrey Blackwell outlined the plans Monday during a city council committee meeting.  He said the goal is to get kids off the streets and into a controlled environment.  

Blackwell said one new effort will be meetings with junior and senior class leaders at the city's high schools.

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Update:  Construction crews will soon begin work on a new police headquarters for Cincinnati's District Three.  Officials and residents gathered Monday for a ground breaking at the location on Ferguson Road near Glenway.  It will replace the current facility that was built in 1908.   New police chief Jeffrey Blackwell said it will be good for the department.  The $15 million project is expected to be completed in the spring 2015. 

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An estimated 3,000 police officers from as far away as Ireland, are in Cincinnati for a convention that begins Monday and continues through Friday. The Convention and Visitors Bureau puts the economic impact at $4.5 million and contracted hotel room nights of more than 15,000 in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

The police are looking for you. Not to worry though, they just want to hang out and have a good time.

Tuesday is National Night Out, an event aimed at raising crime prevention awareness and developing partnerships between neighborhoods and police officers. There are 8 mini block parties scheduled for around Cincinnati with free food and drinks.

Police and fire equipment will also be on hand for kids to see up close.

Nationwide, more than 37 million people are expected to participate.

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Smartphone theft is on the rise, in part because criminals can resell the devices for up to $150 a piece.

Police say nearly 900 smartphones were stolen from January to June, a 10% increase from last year. iPad thefts are up 71%.

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Three separate investigations are underway after Cincinnati police officers were involved in a deadly shooting incident Wednesday afternoon in Clifton.  

The situation started with a 911 call from a mental health care provider.  The caller requested officers respond to Clifton and Ludlow Avenues for a person with mental health issues who had a gun.

Interim Police Chief Paul Humphries said 5 officers eventually encountered 32-year-old Roger Ramundo on the back deck of Arlin's Bar and Restaurant on Ludlow near Clifton.  

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Cincinnati residents who live in police District 3 are getting a chance to offer their input on what the new police headquarters’ for that area will look like.  

Officials are holding a community meeting Tuesday evening.  

Stakeholders from all neighborhoods in the district are invited to assist with the design and public components of the new facility.  

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Beginning Sunday the Cincinnati Police Department will be changing how it responds to some calls for service in the city.  

Interim Police Chief Paul Humphries said the decision comes after analyzing the department's response history.

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Cincinnati's city manager said the new location for Police District 3 will be at 2300 Ferguson Road in Westwood.  

Milton Dohoney said in a press release Thursday the site was selected because it's located in one of three high-call neighborhoods, it's available for development, it rated high on constructability and it provides physical accessibility for service to the 14-neighborhoods in District 3.  

The city is paying $325,000 for the site.  

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The faster police clear an accident, the faster you can get moving again. In this week’s Focus on Technology, Ann Thompson reports on new tools increasing the speed and accuracy of documenting police reports.

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A new location for the Cincinnati Police Department’s District 3 headquarters could be announced within the next two to three weeks.

Officials have narrowed the list of possible sites down to four locations.

Those are:

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Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig is officially going home. Craig is taking the top job in his hometown of Detroit.

"It's home," says Craig. "My family, my siblings, mom and dad who are aging, those are big draws... I started my policing career there almost 38 years ago. This is an opportunity to finish my policing career in a city that I love and make a difference."

Craig says he's excited about the opportunity and thankful for his time and the people in Cincinnati, adding he wouldn't have been considered for the Detroit job without his experiences here.

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Cincinnati Police James Craig said Thursday morning he is interested in taking the Detroit Police Chief job if it is offered.

"I'm excited about the probability of going to Detroit and becoming the police chief. I'm very excited about that."

He made those comments at a news conference announce a Kentucky Speedway race with various police and sheriff's departments.

When WVXU asked about a timetable he said he didn't know, but, "I'm sure it is going to happen soon."

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A fitness test, designed to offer incentives for Cincinnati Police officers to get in shape, will open up to the entire force in March.  I found out just how tough the standards are.

After struggling to get just a few more sit-ups, Police Academy trainer Amy Moore didn't give me much time before I started doing push ups. There are different levels. Each one earns a different number of stars. Here's what she would have to do to get four gold stars.

Michael Keating

Cincinnati police say homicides and violent crime were down overall last year compared to 2011.

Chief James Craig wants to see that trend continue this year.

"We've set for 2013 a very modest overall crime reduction goal of five percent. We had a five percent goal at the beginning of 2012 and we certainly exceeded that, ending the year with a ten percent reduction in overall crime," he says.

Over-the-Rhine, Avondale and Winton Hills saw the biggest drops in homicides. Walnut Hills and East Price Hill both saw increases.

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Cincinnati's City Manager is naming Captain Paul H. Humphries Assistant Chief/Executive Officer for the Cincinnati Police Department.

Humphries has been on the force 26 years. He currently serves as the Chief of Staff for Chief James Craig.

In a release Dohoney says, “Captain Humphries is committed to helping ensure that the Police Department follows through on the principles outlined in the Collaborative Agreement and will help lead our police officers into the future as a well-prepared department.”

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