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A Crime Year in Review
CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- The city's law and public safety committee wanted the police chief to give them a year end crime report and it seemed to be a reality check.
The year in crime shows there were 74 murders last year, and most of them had some kind of gang involvement. The motive for murders was drugs, retaliation and respect.
Chief Jeffrey Blackwell talked to committee members about programs where young people can find respect someplace other that in a gang, or on the streets.
Blackwell also said the on again off again CIRV program that focused on breaking up gangs is back on again. Cincinnati's Initiative to Reduce Violence works, according to statistics. The two years with lowest homicide rate were years that followed big gang breakups, in Northside, the West End and Walnut Hills.
Chairman Chris Smitherman was troubled by one chart that showed 58 of the murder victims were young black men, and in the cases solved, most of the killers were young black men.
Chief Blackwell says it is a continuing problem in every city in America. He believes strong youth programs that include mentors can help change that.
Committee members asked what council could do to help. Chief Blackwell said a recruit class and money to update technology would be a good start.