Cincinnati Police Department

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The widow of a 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 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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The Cincinnati Police Department is working to tighten its policies on some overtime for its officers.

The city's Internal Audit department recently completed a review of some of the police department's discretionary overtime, which must be pre-approved by a supervisor. The goal was to determine if the overtime was properly managed, authorized and approved.

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Cincinnati's police chief announced nine promotions Wednesday that bring more diversity to the department's leadership.  

Chief Eliot Isaac filled three captain positions along with promoting three others to lieutenant and three more to the rank of sergeant.  

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The officers involved in a deadly shooting Monday night in Price Hill followed their training. That's according to Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac and Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley.

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Eliot Isaac, a long-time police veteran who has been interim chief for nearly three months, is Cincinnati’s new police chief.

In city council chambers at Cincinnati City Hall Thursday morning, City Manager Harry Black made official what most in the department and city hall have believed for months would happen – he appointed Isaac the city’s new police chief.

Black said he never considered any outside candidates for the job.

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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 Recruiting and Background Supervisor Sergeant Dominic Gulliford; Recruiting and Background Investigator, Officer Adrian Miller; and Cincinnati Police Academy Recruit Advisor, Officer Fred Gilmore

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Interim Police Chief Eliot Isaac is the “preferred candidate” for Cincinnati’s next police chief, City Manager Harry Black announced Friday morning.

In fact, Black said, he is the only candidate for the job.

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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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