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In an emergency, when seconds count, three and a half hours can feel like an eternity. On July 18, 2017 that's the amount of time Cincinnati's 911 system was down. It was a record failure for the city's emergency system but it wasn't the first.

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The Cincinnati Police Department is looking for qualified men and women who would like to join its ranks. Joining us to discuss what it takes to be a police officer for the City of Cincinnati, and the qualifications the department looks for in a candidate, are Cincinnati Police Officers Mike Schulte and Edwin Rivera.

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Cincinnati officials are telling city council members there has been progress in improving police radios.  

Officers have been complaining about transmitting and receiving audio on the units, which were introduced last summer.  

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Cincinnati city leaders announced Friday a proposal to "refresh" the racial collaborative policing agreement that was negotiated in 2002.

Mayor John Cranley, City Manager Harry Black and others presented details during a press conference at city hall.

Update May 10, 2016: The planned mixed-use development at Liberty and Elm streets in Over-the-Rhine will move forward. Cincinnati Council voted 8-1 in favor of the project.

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A Cincinnati Police-federal government partnership targeting violent offenders is going so well the U.S. Attorney's Office is expanding it to Columbus.

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Some employees, who spend a large part of their day working at Cincinnati's Police District Five facility, will soon be relocating to temporary space.

The move comes as the city works to renovate an existing building to move entire D5 facility sometime in 2019.  The current building is located 1012 Ludlow Avenue.

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The widow of a deceased Cincinnati police officer has filed a federal lawsuit against the city alleging the conditions at the District Five headquarters led to his death.  

The complaint said Robert McGuire worked for the Cincinnati Police Department for more than 12 years.  During that time, he was stationed at District Five, located at 1012 Ludlow Avenue.

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Some police personnel at Cincinnati's District Five headquarters could be working at other facilities until a new building is ready.  

City Manager Harry Black addressed the issue Monday during a city council committee meeting.

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The use of force by police officers has come under national scrutiny due to multiple recent police shootings. But tracking and reporting the number of times officers use force varies widely among police departments. 

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Cincinnati Police officers will head to Washington D.C. next week. Lt. Steve Saunders says 40 officers are providing security during the presidential inauguration.

Cincinnati's city manager said the District 5 five police building has been given "a clean bill of health" following a series of environmental tests.

 

Harry Black addressed City Council's law and public safety committee Monday morning.

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A "no-snitch" mentality and witness intimidation make it difficult to prosecute known criminals for their crimes, especially shootings and homicides. Police may have a viable suspect in a case, but often cannot charge the individual because witnesses are unwilling to come forward. 

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The Cincinnati Police Department will begin deploying body worn cameras beginning on August 1.  The devices will start hitting the streets one district at a time through the end of the year.

The department has selected the TASER Axon Body 2 camera.  The city will initially have about 700 cameras for patrol officers.  The city is seeking funding for 400 more devices so all officers will eventually have them.

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