Fraternal Order of Police

Michael E. Keating

The full Cincinnati Council will likely vote Wednesday on a proposal to start a new police training class on January 3rd. 

Council's Law and Public Safety Committee approved the plan Tuesday.

It will have at least 40 recruits and that number could grow to 55 if the city receives a federal COPS hiring grant.  

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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The head of Cincinnati's police union says the number of officers working in the city's police districts is bare bones.

Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police President Kathy Harrell had a blunt message for city council about police department staffing.

“We’re at the point right now that officers out on the street lives are in jeopardy,” Harrell said.  “I’m going to get a lot of slack for saying that, but I don’t care.  They’re out there with 187 less officers.”

Harrell testified Tuesday before Council's Law and Public Safety Committee.  

Without new officers, the department could be down 267 officers by the end of 2015.  Harrell said something has to change.

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said law enforcement in the state is strained because of declining resources to pay for cops on the street.

He was in Cincinnati Friday to deliver opening remarks at the Ohio FOP annual conference.  

“I think if you talk about the state of law enforcement, it is strained in this state,” DeWine said.  “There are probably fewer people in most departments than were there 5 years ago.”

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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano focused on the importance of partnering with local law enforcement during remarks Monday morning to the National Fraternal Order of Police convention in Cincinnati.

She told some 4,000 first responders from around the country and Ireland that her department has been beefing up its cooperative efforts, especially by creating Fusion Centers where national and local agencies can share information.

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Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) spoke at the National FOP convention in Cincinnati Monday. He largely focused on the importance of collective bargaining. Click below to hear his remarks.