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.
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.
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.