Cincinnati Police

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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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Just a week ago five people were shot in Evanston in what Interim Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac called "a senseless act." Just around the corner on Fairfield there was a double homicide. Police say those crimes have now been solved.

Penetrating gang activity could be the key in reducing violent crime in Cincinnati.

Police Union Members Meet Their Interim Chief

Sep 14, 2015
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Members of the local police union seem to be happy with their new leader.

The Cincinnati chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police was supposed to have a vote Monday night on whether they supported the chief.  That vote was rendered moot after the firing of Jeffery Blackwell last week.

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Interim Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac says 25 extra officers are now on the streets. The officers, who started the new shifts Sunday, were reassigned from other areas to boost patrol numbers.

Isaac says these changes will be evaluated in 30 days.

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Update 2:05 p.m.: Fraternal Order of Police president Kathy Harrell says officers feel like they've been listened to.

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Update 10:50 p.m.: Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffery Blackwell says votes of no confidence are not uncommon in police departments.  Blackwell says he's been told it's never happened in Cincinnati, and he felt it was important to respond.  Blackwell says he has worked diligently for the city and for the department.

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Cincinnati Police say the officer who used a Taser on a robbery suspect Monday night followed department policy.

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Officers have been on and off horseback for years in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Police mounted patrol was disbanded in 2013 because of budget cuts. But after concert goers got out of control on Fountain Square this year during Fourth of July weekend, calls to bring the patrol back grew louder.

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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.

Former UC Police Officer Indicted For Murder

Jul 30, 2015
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A Hamilton County grand jury has indicted former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing for murder in the shooting death of Samuel DuBose in a July 19 traffic stop. The shooting was, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters said, the most “asinine” and “senseless” act he has ever seen a police officer commit. 

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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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Officers from around the country will attend the visitation and funeral services for Sonny Kim.  The Cincinnati Police officer was killed last Friday in Madisonville.  George Pille with Lodge 69 of the Fraternal Order of Police says that's part of the brotherhood of law enforcement.

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Update: 6/22/2015: 

The public can pay its respects to slain Cincinnati Police Officer Sonny Kim in a visitation Thursday at the Cintas Center on the Xavier University campus.

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Cincinnati Police chief Jeffery Blackwell believes a fatal officer-involved shooting in Northside was within departmental policy on use of force. 

Blackwell says Officer Justin Moore, who was part of the most recent lateral transfer recruit classes, and training Officer Doris Scott were searching for Quandavier Hicks, a suspect in a menacing complaint.  He says the two officers went to 1751 Chase Avenue and were knocking on doors around 11:20 p.m. Tuesday.

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Mayor John Cranley, City Manager Harry S. Black, and Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell stood alongside community members to unveil the Police Department’s Summer Safety Initiative Plan this morning. City Manager Harry Black is fully supportive of the plan, which includes personnel redeployment, community and youth outreach initiatives, and enhanced C.I.R.V capacity.

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