Chief James Craig

James Craig
11:28 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Chief Craig says Detroit decision will come "soon"

Chief James Craig (left) and members of the Butler and Hamilton police departments at a Thursday news conference about a Kentucky Speedway race.
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

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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Cincinnati Police Department
4:06 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Overall crime down in Cincinnati in 2012

Credit Michael Keating / Cincinnati Police

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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Chief James Craig
4:12 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Cincinnati Police Chief fights test in court

file of Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig

Cincinnati's Police Chief has gone to court to prevent having to take a state exam. Chief James Craig filed the appeal in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. The Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission is the defendant.

The organization requires recruits to undergo 500 hours of training and take a 200 question test. Most of the training has been waived for Craig but earlier this month the Commission told him that he must take the test.

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Chief must take test
1:57 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Cincinnati Police Chief must take exam

Chief James Craig in the WVXU studios Thursday morning.

You must take the test. That's the ruling from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission. Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig challenged a requirement that he take Ohio's standard police exam. But Thursday the commission ruled his decades of police work don't exempt him. During an interview with WVXU just hours prior to the decision Craig remained resolute, he won't take it.

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