The Cincinnati Police and Fire Departments are continuing to deal with problems because of the decreasing number of personnel.
The police and fire chiefs both addressed Council’s Law and Public Safety Committee Monday.
Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said a smaller staff means it takes officers longer to respond to 911 calls for service, even those that are a priority. And it could cause a change to the way the department polices the city.
Cincinnati's new police chief will be sworn in September 30th. Tuesday afternoon Jeffrey Blackwell met the media with a promise to make the department better. He said, "Certainly I want to bring as much of the innovative work that I've done that I think will fit in the community here without disrupting things too much. As the city manager said, they're on a good course here. I don't want to change it too much. I just want to make it better."