Cincinnati Police

The Cincinnati Police Chief is appointing the city's first ever liaison with the gay and lesbian community.

Equality Cincinnati Board President Matt Murray says it is extremely encouraging that Chief James Craig is appointing an officer as the police liaison for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

"It's to build a comfort level with the LGBT community to know that if they need these safety departments they can do it without discrimination and feel comfortable that they're going to be treated fairly and equally."

Cincinnati's Police Chief has gone to court to prevent having to take a state exam. Chief James Craig filed the appeal in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. The Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission is the defendant.

The organization requires recruits to undergo 500 hours of training and take a 200 question test. Most of the training has been waived for Craig but earlier this month the Commission told him that he must take the test.

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The Cincinnati Police Department’s use of force policy is being updated, specifically the sections dealing with Taser use.

City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. outlined the changes Monday in a memo to Mayor Mark Mallory and Council Members.

The city’s Law Department worked with the Police Department on the changes.

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 We’re also on Facebook and Twitter. Impact Cincinnati, on 91-7, WVXU.