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Police need to watch out for residents, each other in extreme cold

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- Police officers have to work out in the cold. They're told to look out for people and each other.

Captain Jeff Butler with Cincinnati Police has a message for his officers: be aware of your surroundings. He wants his officers to stop and ask people out in the elements if they're OK. "It does two things, it takes care of them, make sure we get people out of the elements. it also fosters a very strong relationship with the police. It's an opportunity to reinforce the police are here to help, it's not always and adversarial relationship for a segment of the population, we're here for everyone."

At these temperatures, frostbite can set it in about 30 minutes for exposed skin.

Officers also trying to keep each other safe. If they're out at a scene for a while, they need to rotate in and out, five minutes at a time.




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