How would you rate your interaction with the Cincinnati Police?
The department is sending out surveys asking people to rate officers following encounters ranging from traffic accidents to non-violent crimes.
The surveys are part of the National Police Research Platform's Police Community Interaction Survey on improving policing by the University of Illinois at Chicago's Center for Research in Law and Justice.
Lt. Debbie Bauer says Cincinnati is one of just 100 law enforcement agencies asked to participate.
Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police President Kathy Harrell had a blunt message for city council about police department staffing.
“We’re at the point right now that officers out on the street lives are in jeopardy,” Harrell said. “I’m going to get a lot of slack for saying that, but I don’t care. They’re out there with 187 less officers.”
Harrell testified Tuesday before Council's Law and Public Safety Committee.
Without new officers, the department could be down 267 officers by the end of 2015. Harrell said something has to change.
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.