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Photo courtesy of the University of Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Council has approved an ordinance that temporarily bans University of Cincinnati police officers from making traffic stops off campus.

In the meantime, the city and the university will be reviewing a memorandum of understanding that allowed the stops in the first place.

Some Still Skeptical About Increased Use of Police Body Cams

Aug 5, 2015
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Body cameras have been back in the news following a recent police shooting in Cincinnati.

Police departments across the state are either testing or wearing the devices and Dayton and Beavercreek are considering getting them. Equipping officers with cameras also is one of the recommendations from Governor John Kasich’s Task Force on Community-Police Relations.

Michael Keating

Cincinnati’s Human Resources Department is getting ready to launch a “climate assessment” process to review internal communication and employee morale within the Cincinnati Police Department.

  More transparency, mentoring programs and showing more respect to each other were just a few of the suggestions offered during a hearing designed to improve police and community relations in Ohio. WVXU reporter Ann Thomson was at the hearing held last night in Cincinnati, she joins us for an update on the task force charged with providing recommendations to Governor John Kasich for improving police-community relations.

  

Ann Thompson / WVXU

A panel charged with improving community-police relations following two high-profile shootings will soon start preparing recommendations for Governor John Kasich. The fourth and final hearing was held Monday night in Cincinnati

Cincinnati is the fourth and final stop for the Ohio Task Force on Community Police Relations which has already held forums in Cleveland, Wilberforce and Toledo.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Police in Norwood say they've interrupted a black market economy of resold stolen goods.  It’s an invisible hand of capitalism that affects those who don’t even take part.

Officers served search warrants at two businesses Thursday in what Lieutenant Ronald Murphy calls a fencing operation.  He says the stores would buy stolen goods for a fraction of their original retail prices, and then resell them for less than the market rate.

Nick Castele

CLEVELAND - A state task force on police-community relations held its first meeting here Tuesday night and heard from about 20 citizens on their treatment by police.

Some speakers recommended collecting data on racial profiling in Ohio, training officers to respond to people with mental illness, and setting up an independent panel to review police shootings. Many speakers urged the task force to consider race in its final proposals.

The task force is slated to deliver a report to Gov. John Kasich by the end of April.

You can expect to see plenty of police officers and more volunteers at special events in and around downtown following several incidents at this year's Taste of Cincinnati.  

Assistant Police Chief James Whalen recounted those activities Monday during a city council committee meeting.

"Primarily youth 14 to probably 23-year-old people that were moving up out of the event venue," Whalen said.  "Up into the Central Business District, up in to Over-the-Rhine and to a smaller extent over into the Westend, and engaging in disorderly behavior, sometimes violent behavior."

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