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Cincinnati Police officers and others from surrounding communities came together Friday to honor and remember fallen officers on Police Memorial Day.

This year's event began at the Cincinnati Firefighters Memorial Park on Central Avenue. The service traditionally starts on Fountain Square, but it was not available because of a scheduling conflict.

Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said there are more than 900,000 police officers in the country. But he added that protecting others comes at a price.

Officer Damber Subba’s first shift Monday afternoon was patrolling familiar territory: Akron’s North Hill neighborhood. Here's more on the first-ever refugee sworn into Akron’s police force.

Like the other 11 rookie police officers sworn in Friday night, Damber Subba wore a deep blue uniform, his posture erect, steps precise, face serious. But before the evening was over, he was a half-dozen layers deep in brightly colored scarves and garlands of flowers.

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Police officers from around Cincinnati are preparing to open their homes to the families of officers affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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The Beyond Civility project allows citizens and civic leaders to meet and explore the barriers and bridges to effective dialogue. At Beyond Civility's Back-to-Back programs, high profile advocates of opposing positions on a legal or social issue agree to speak convincingly on behalf of the other side’s views. It's a challenging exercise, but one that fosters understanding and respect for those who hold different viewpoints.

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Cincinnati administrators say they are working with Motorola to address problems with the audio quality of some city police officers radios.

It comes as the Fraternal Order of Police is researching whether it can file a lawsuit against the company concerning the issue.

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The Cincinnati Police department is holding a series of public forums for anyone considering a career in law enforcement. The meetings will include information about the application process and recruit exam, as well as various types of jobs such as SWAT and crime scene investigation.

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The University of Cincinnati's newest police officers are patrolling campus on four legs. K-9's Boomer, a black lab, and Dozer, a yellow lab, are already on the job engaging students and staff, and patrolling games and other large campus events.

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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

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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.

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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.

  

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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.

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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.

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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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Three separate investigations are underway after Cincinnati police officers were involved in a deadly shooting incident Wednesday afternoon in Clifton.  

The situation started with a 911 call from a mental health care provider.  The caller requested officers respond to Clifton and Ludlow Avenues for a person with mental health issues who had a gun.

Interim Police Chief Paul Humphries said 5 officers eventually encountered 32-year-old Roger Ramundo on the back deck of Arlin's Bar and Restaurant on Ludlow near Clifton.  

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The faster police clear an accident, the faster you can get moving again. In this week’s Focus on Technology, Ann Thompson reports on new tools increasing the speed and accuracy of documenting police reports.


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Cincinnati Council Member Chris Seelbach and his staff are following up on the information they gathered last month during a series of public safety listening sessions.  

He estimated he met with about 75 residents during open office hours held around the city.  Seelbach also talked with about 60 police officers and 60 firefighters.  

He said one common theme during the meetings with residents concerned loitering and curfew violations among young people.

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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.