homicides

Michael E. Keating

Homicides in Cincinnati were up nearly 15 percent last year compared to 2016.

But police officials told city council's Law and Public Safety Committee Monday that the increase was not nearly as large as some nearby cities.

The number of homicides jumped from 62 to 71, according to Assistant Police Chiefs Paul Neudigate and Mike John. John showed the committee a slide with photos of all 71 homicide victims to make a point that they were not just numbers.

Ashley Zilka / WCPO

Just a week ago five people were shot in Evanston in what Interim Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac called "a senseless act." Just around the corner on Fairfield there was a double homicide. Police say those crimes have now been solved.

Penetrating gang activity could be the key in reducing violent crime in Cincinnati.

Howard Wilkinson

In an effort to stem the homicides that have plagued the city first the first of the year, Cincinnati police will increase police overtime, hire officers away from other departments, add a recruit class and revive a gang unit, Mayor Cranley and Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said this morning.

“We want people of this city to know that help is on the way,’’ Cranley said at a city hall press conference packed with neighborhood and community leaders, council members and police officers.