Collaboration between cops, community lead to dip in violence
CINCINNATI (WKRC) – A recent bust of 60 pounds of marijuana and three guns is partly thanks to tips from business owners and residents in Over-The-Rhine.
The collaborative work between citizens and the police is paying off according to Cincinnati Police District One Captain Lisa Davis.
"We are not here to sanitize this neighborhood, not here to come in and be aggressive, aggressive policing, that's not what we do,” said Davis. “What we want to do is be more cooperative with the businesses and the people that live there because this is where they live and they deserve a safe place to live."
And it’s working to the tune a 40 percent decrease in violent crimes around the shell station off Liberty Street from Walnut to Vine and up Back and Hamer at McMicken.
"The drug dealing has gone but we've had some street crowds hanging around but we are working on that and that recent bust was a big help,” said John Donaldson, the organizer of Block Watch.
Donaldson says the amount of trash around Grant Park is significantly less and cameras set up around the neighborhood are either catching illegal activity or pushing it somewhere else.
“I think it sends a strong message to those who are coming here and doing the crimes that isn’t the best place to come anymore,” said Donaldson. “A lot of the folks that commit crime down here don’t live here. They come here to do their business, buy or sell and then go home at the end of the day.”
In addition to the Shell station putting up a new fence, they will soon be building a new mini mart on the property.