Two special services are planned Monday to remember fallen local police officers. The first one begins at Fountain Square at 11:00 am. There family and friends of current and past officers will gather. They will then march to the police memorial across from District One Police Headquarters.
Fraternal Order of Police President Kathy Harrell says this is the same day another police class is starting. These are officers transferring from other parts of Ohio to Cincinnati. There are 23 of them and the class will last ten weeks.
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.
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.