Cincinnati Police

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9:13 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Decision nearing for new police building in District 3

Map of Cincinnati's Police District 3
City of Cincinnnati

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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Chief James Craig
11:14 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Chief Craig: Detroit is home

Chief James Craig leaving a press conference after announcing he's leaving Cincinnati to take the top job in his native Detroit.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

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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James Craig
11:28 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Chief Craig says Detroit decision will come "soon"

Chief James Craig (left) and members of the Butler and Hamilton police departments at a Thursday news conference about a Kentucky Speedway race.
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

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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Police fitness
12:04 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Cincinnati Police pilot fitness test opens to department

Cincinnati Police Officer Amy Moore, Sgt. Ron Hale, Sgt. Dwayne Wilson
WVXU

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 Department
4:06 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Overall crime down in Cincinnati in 2012

Credit Michael Keating / Cincinnati Police

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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