The University of Cincinnati is stepping up efforts to improve safety around its main campus.
Block By Block Safety Ambassadors will fan out in neighborhoods surrounding University Heights. The idea is to improve safety and security in high foot-traffic areas. Crime around the UC campus has been making students and neighbors increasingly uneasy during the past year.
The Cincinnati Police and Fire Departments are continuing to deal with problems because of the decreasing number of personnel.
The police and fire chiefs both addressed Council’s Law and Public Safety Committee Monday.
Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said a smaller staff means it takes officers longer to respond to 911 calls for service, even those that are a priority. And it could cause a change to the way the department polices the city.
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.