You must take the test. That's the ruling from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission. Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig challenged a requirement that he take Ohio's standard police exam. But Thursday the commission ruled his decades of police work don't exempt him. During an interview with WVXU just hours prior to the decision Craig remained resolute, he won't take it.
It’s been one year since James Craig was sworn in as Chief of the Cincinnati Police Department. During that time the city’s homicide rate has dropped 27 percent and violent crime overall has decreased by seven percent.
Tune in Thursday morning September 6 at 9:20 as we talk with Chief Craig about his first year, and changes in city policing that have affected the crime rate. You can send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re also on Facebook and Twitter. Impact Cincinnati, on 91-7, WVXU.
Cincinnati's police chief reports the department's new Taser policy should be released in a couple of weeks.
But James Craig said there's no discussion about of not using them.
“You discontinue use of the Taser, what’s the alternative?” Craig said. “We don’t want officers hurt, they need to overcome resistance of an aggressive suspect, so that means side handle batons or straight sticks and again they create and cause more injury to suspects.”
A current Cincinnati assistant police chief is leaving the department to be the director of security at the new downtown casino.
Horseshoe Cincinnati announced Thursday in a press release Richard Janke will start the new job on Sept. 10th.
“Richard’s law enforcement experience, in-depth understanding of Cincinnati and his commitment to the vitality and safety of downtown makes him a great addition to our team,” said casino General Manager Kevin Kline in a written statement.