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Cincinnati's New Police Chief Sworn-in
CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- Cincinnati's new police chief is officially sworn-in. Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney administered the oath of office to Jeffrey Blackwell Monday morning at the Duke Energy Convention Center.
City and community leaders were there as Blackwell took over the job. His family was by his side.
Blackwell says he's ready to get to work right out of the gate. His mission is to eradicate violence on the street. Blackwell says the key to the future is the youth. He says violence is off the charts with teen boys, mostly in the black community. He says they lack conflict resolution and he wants to be on the frontline to work with them.
Blackwell also wants to improve staffing in the department. He doesn't quite have a plan but he knows it's a problem.
Blackwell will lead the department of about 1,300 employees. He replaces James Craig who left after two years to head the Detroit police department.