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Beginning Sunday the Cincinnati Police Department will be changing how it responds to some calls for service in the city.  

Interim Police Chief Paul Humphries said the decision comes after analyzing the department's response history.

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Cincinnati's city manager said the new location for Police District 3 will be at 2300 Ferguson Road in Westwood.  

Milton Dohoney said in a press release Thursday the site was selected because it's located in one of three high-call neighborhoods, it's available for development, it rated high on constructability and it provides physical accessibility for service to the 14-neighborhoods in District 3.  

The city is paying $325,000 for the site.  

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The faster police clear an accident, the faster you can get moving again. In this week’s Focus on Technology, Ann Thompson reports on new tools increasing the speed and accuracy of documenting police reports.

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A new location for the Cincinnati Police Department’s District 3 headquarters could be announced within the next two to three weeks.

Officials have narrowed the list of possible sites down to four locations.

Those are:

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Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig is officially going home. Craig is taking the top job in his hometown of Detroit.

"It's home," says Craig. "My family, my siblings, mom and dad who are aging, those are big draws... I started my policing career there almost 38 years ago. This is an opportunity to finish my policing career in a city that I love and make a difference."

Craig says he's excited about the opportunity and thankful for his time and the people in Cincinnati, adding he wouldn't have been considered for the Detroit job without his experiences here.

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Cincinnati Police James Craig said Thursday morning he is interested in taking the Detroit Police Chief job if it is offered.

"I'm excited about the probability of going to Detroit and becoming the police chief. I'm very excited about that."

He made those comments at a news conference announce a Kentucky Speedway race with various police and sheriff's departments.

When WVXU asked about a timetable he said he didn't know, but, "I'm sure it is going to happen soon."

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A fitness test, designed to offer incentives for Cincinnati Police officers to get in shape, will open up to the entire force in March.  I found out just how tough the standards are.

After struggling to get just a few more sit-ups, Police Academy trainer Amy Moore didn't give me much time before I started doing push ups. There are different levels. Each one earns a different number of stars. Here's what she would have to do to get four gold stars.

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Cincinnati police say homicides and violent crime were down overall last year compared to 2011.

Chief James Craig wants to see that trend continue this year.

"We've set for 2013 a very modest overall crime reduction goal of five percent. We had a five percent goal at the beginning of 2012 and we certainly exceeded that, ending the year with a ten percent reduction in overall crime," he says.

Over-the-Rhine, Avondale and Winton Hills saw the biggest drops in homicides. Walnut Hills and East Price Hill both saw increases.

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Cincinnati's City Manager is naming Captain Paul H. Humphries Assistant Chief/Executive Officer for the Cincinnati Police Department.

Humphries has been on the force 26 years. He currently serves as the Chief of Staff for Chief James Craig.

In a release Dohoney says, “Captain Humphries is committed to helping ensure that the Police Department follows through on the principles outlined in the Collaborative Agreement and will help lead our police officers into the future as a well-prepared department.”

Cincinnati's police chief says he's an advocate of legal gun ownership, but feels like the country needs to do a better job restricting gun sales.  James Craig addressed the deadly school shooting in Connecticut during his news conference Thursday.  He says the idea of simply arming school employees  is not a wise response:

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