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Cincinnati Police Chief Plans Programs to Reach Out to Young People
CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- Cincinnati's new police chief makes a new years resolution a little early.
Chief Jeffrey Blackwell wants to be proactive to fight violent crime. By this time last year there were 53 homicides in Cincinnati. But this year the number has jumped to 72.
Blackwell says the key to combating violent crime is getting to young people before they start carrying guns. He's making a change in school buildings with the most at- risk students. They will get a full-time student resource officer. Right now one officer covers several schools.
He says, "You have this officer that develops friendships with these young people, very trusting relationships with these young people. They will talk to that officer. They may not talk to another officer, a beat officer, but they will talk to the SRO they know and trust and love because they see him everyday."
Blackwell also wants to start programs for students that encourage leadership, like midnight basketball. He says he has already talked to Mayor Cranley about a recruit class to have more officers on the street.
You can hear more about Chief Blackwell's plans on Local 12 Newsmakers with Dan Hurley Sunday morning at 6 on Local 12 or at 10:30 on channel 12.2, the CW.