Cincinnati Police Department

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Cincinnati and the University of Cincinnati are continuing work on an agreement about how policing occurs in and around the campus.

Its main focus is allowing UC officers to patrol in city neighborhoods off campus. 

Those activities have been suspended since August after a deadly shooting incident involving a UC officer in July. 

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The number of shootings in Cincinnati has been increasing this year, and now the police department is launching an effort to reduce the violence.  

Starting Sunday, 75 officers will be assigned to a Violent Crime Response (VCR) team.

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Cincinnati Council has approved an ordinance that temporarily bans University of Cincinnati police officers from making traffic stops off campus.

In the meantime, the city and the university will be reviewing a memorandum of understanding that allowed the stops in the first place.

The full Cincinnati Council will likely vote Wednesday on an ordinance that would, at least temporarily, stop University of Cincinnati police officers from making traffic stops off campus.

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A 26-year Cincinnati Police Department veteran is being promoted to assistant chief.  

City Manager Harry Black announced Tuesday Capt. Eliot Isaac will fill the position.

Some Columbus mounted patrol officers are coming to Cincinnati to help with security during All-Star Game events.  

The Cincinnati Police Department said they will be on patrol Saturday and Tuesday.  

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Some Cincinnati police officers will be working a lot this weekend and early next week as part of the All-Star festivities.  

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley is planning to speak at the twice-daily roll calls for officers at the beginning of their shifts.  

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The Cincinnati Police Department is a step closer to getting some technology upgrades for its police cruisers.

City Council voted Wednesday to use $2 million from last year's city budget surplus for information technology equipment.  

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The full Cincinnati Council will likely vote Wednesday on a proposal to start a new police training class on January 3rd. 

Council's Law and Public Safety Committee approved the plan Tuesday.

It will have at least 40 recruits and that number could grow to 55 if the city receives a federal COPS hiring grant.  

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A city overwhelmed by grief but inspired by his service and courage came together Friday to lay fallen Police Officer Sonny Kim to rest. 

The funeral service for the 27-year veteran of the Cincinnati Police Department drew about 7,000 people - including hundreds of police officers from around the country - to the Cintas Center on the Xavier University campus to remember a loving husband and father who took on a dangerous job that, in the end, cost him his life.

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The Cincinnati Police Department has 22 new graduates who are ready to start their careers in the city.  

Members of the 105th recruit class received their commissions Friday during a ceremony at Cincinnati Christian University.

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Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell, along with his district commanders and assistant chiefs, will hold a series of community meetings Thursday and Friday with community members aimed at stemming a rising tide of gun violence in the city.

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Cincinnati’s Human Resources Department is getting ready to launch a “climate assessment” process to review internal communication and employee morale within the Cincinnati Police Department.

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Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black is asking Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell for a 90-day action plan to reduce violence in the city.  Black wants the proposal by Friday.

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Cincinnati's police chief and the head of the police union are at odds about allowing civilians to process crime scenes.  

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The head of Cincinnati's police union says the number of officers working in the city's police districts is bare bones.

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The Cincinnati Police Department reports it needs a recruit class for each of the next two to three years to maintain its staffing level.

The request was made in the department's budget presentation Monday to a Council committee. Budget manager Ella Topham explained how it would work.

"We'd like to target that recruit class to begin in February each year, and for the next two or three years that would be probably a 30 member recruit class," Topham said.

The department wants to maintain a sworn strength of 1,000 officers.

A Cincinnati council committee continues a debate about whether the city's police chief should be able to commission private police officers.

It allows those individuals to perform special police duties and they typically work security details for businesses and organizations.

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The Cincinnati Police Department is celebrating the completion of its first recruit class in more than six years.  

56 officers and one firefighter who took the 26-week training courses received their commissions Friday during a ceremony in Downtown Cincinnati at The Masonic Center.  They will now spend the next 13 weeks with training officers.  

The class valedictorian was James Hutchings, who is currently a Cincinnati Firefighter.  He went thru police training to be a sworn officer inside the fire department.  Hutchings had this advice to his fellow graduates.

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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.

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