June 10, 2015
Breaking News- Cincinnati has been historically found to be over zealous in its police enforcement especially on Blacks is promoting a 90 Day Summer Crime Reduction Plan.
The plan, created by Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell, is the proposed solution to Cincinnati’s recent spike in shootings. “Overall, crime is not up in our city,” Blackwell said, noting that only shootings are up. “The prevailing thought has been that the sky is falling.” Blackwell said a change to the days-off structure for officers will allow more to be on the streets, including an increase in walking officers.
The chief said police will also more strictly enforce the city’s curfew law, which prohibits juveniles from being on the streets from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. if they’re under 16 and from midnight to 5 a.m. for those between the ages of 16 or 17. Teens will be taken to one of two curfew centers to be picked up by their parents, Blackwell said.
Blackwell said the concentration will be especially strong between 10:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. He noted that the plan was created with the input of city officials and community leaders to “infuse their ideas and energy into the plan.”
Blackwell said the plan doesn’t call for specific enforcement in any particular neighborhood because there are “hot spots” throughout the city. Blackwell’s plan was submitted to city manager Harry Black on Monday afternoon.
Black said the plan is not a “radical departure” from what the department has been doing previously. “We’re in this together,” Black said. The plan comes amid rumblings about what changes might occur if crime numbers continue to grow over the summer.
“We’re going to keep trying new things until we get it right,” Mayor John Cranley said. Blackwell’s two-year anniversary is coming up in a couple of months.
Repost from WLWT News 5- Cicninnati, OH.