Cincinnati Police

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Cincinnati Police chief Jeffery Blackwell believes a fatal officer-involved shooting in Northside was within departmental policy on use of force. 

Blackwell says Officer Justin Moore, who was part of the most recent lateral transfer recruit classes, and training Officer Doris Scott were searching for Quandavier Hicks, a suspect in a menacing complaint.  He says the two officers went to 1751 Chase Avenue and were knocking on doors around 11:20 p.m. Tuesday.

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Mayor John Cranley, City Manager Harry S. Black, and Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell stood alongside community members to unveil the Police Department’s Summer Safety Initiative Plan this morning. City Manager Harry Black is fully supportive of the plan, which includes personnel redeployment, community and youth outreach initiatives, and enhanced C.I.R.V capacity.

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Cincinnati's City manager, police chief and other officials are releasing the plan at a news conference at 10:00 this morning.

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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 held the first of a series of listening sessions Thursday to get community input on ways to reign in violence and violent crimes in the city.  The session was at the New Prospect Baptist Church in Roselawn.

Michael Keating

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.

Michael E. Keating

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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U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is expected in Cincinnati Tuesday. She's slated to meet with Cincinnati Police and others who were involved with the city's collaborative policing agreement, according to attorney Al Gerhardstein.

The deal worked out after the 2001 riots has been widely credited with improving police-community relations in Cincinnati and is being held up as a model following turmoil in Ferguson, Mo., Baltimore and other cities.

Michael E. Keating

The Cincinnati Police Department reports it needs a recruit class for each of the next two to three years to maintain its staffing level.

The request was made in the department's budget presentation Monday to a Council committee. Budget manager Ella Topham explained how it would work.

"We'd like to target that recruit class to begin in February each year, and for the next two or three years that would be probably a 30 member recruit class," Topham said.

The department wants to maintain a sworn strength of 1,000 officers.

A Cincinnati council committee continues a debate about whether the city's police chief should be able to commission private police officers.

It allows those individuals to perform special police duties and they typically work security details for businesses and organizations.

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The Cincinnati Police  investigation of an officer-involved shooting in East Price Hill continues. Detectives are trying to trace where Christian Jackson got the shotgun he allegedly pointed at officers. They are also enhancing the police video shot at the scene.

At a Monday afternoon news conference police detailed the chronology of events leading up to the shooting on Fairbanks Avenue, near Warsaw, after midnight.

Chronology of events:

Jay Hanselman

The Cincinnati Police Department is celebrating the completion of its first recruit class in more than six years.  

56 officers and one firefighter who took the 26-week training courses received their commissions Friday during a ceremony in Downtown Cincinnati at The Masonic Center.  They will now spend the next 13 weeks with training officers.  

The class valedictorian was James Hutchings, who is currently a Cincinnati Firefighter.  He went thru police training to be a sworn officer inside the fire department.  Hutchings had this advice to his fellow graduates.

Michael E. Keating

If the frigid temperatures are forcing you to spend more time inside, you can bet the criminals are doing the same.

Cincinnati Police Lt. Col. Jim Whalen has seen it year after year. "Bad guys stay inside. There are fewer opportunities for crime and disorder and therefore fewer incidents occur and fewer people are out and about... that are even available to be victimized."

Whalen says he does see a decline in all types of crime at the onset of drastic weather changes.

The more dramatic the weather the more dramatic the effect.

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 Cincinnati's first police recruit class in several years is on track to graduate at the end of next month. That graduation is set for February 27.

56 members are in the 26-week training program. Around 2,500 people took the test to be a city police officer.

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Cincinnati Police are pointing to CIRV, the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence, as making a dent in Over the Rhine crime.

Shootings are down 74-percent and robberies 12-percent. Assistant Chief Jim Whalen says police are in the process of arresting 83 people, mostly drug dealers, who operate to the west of the trendy bar and restaurant area. They started identifying the suspects about four months ago.

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