Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

The number of fatal and non-fatal shootings in Cincinnati and Hamilton County for the first six months of this year is higher than the same period last year. That's according to numbers provided by CIRV, the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence. 

The number of shooting victims in Cincinnati is increasing. New data shows year-to-date (through May 24) there have been 162 victims this year compared to 133 in 2014.

Mark Heyne / WVXU News

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.