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Westside Says Goodbye to Popular Police Captain
CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- Captain Russ Neville's new philosophy when he took over Westside police station more than four years ago made a big difference.
He shook things up with data driven policing. Data determined where and when cops would patrol. Cops worked more with kids and at the same time broke up robbery gangs.
"Traditional policing is not going to work. Just having police drive around, answer calls for service is not successful in reducing crime."
He changed the way police think and work. Now he's leaving the Westside to be in charge of a special services unit.
He always wanted to be captain here in District Three, where his father was captain.
"Same office, I remember being ten years old when my dad actually personally installed this paneling."
He also remembers what his father, Gary Neville, taught him, "My dad so taught us to treat people the way you want to be treated. And to never forget where you've come from. So that's how I try to manage."
He comes from a big Westside police family. one of eight kids, four of Captain Nevill's siblings are cops.
The children he mentors reminds him of him.
Lt. Don Luck of the Cincinnati Police said, "He wanted to be the best captain District Three's ever seen and that meant getting into trenches with the cops, it meant everybody having his cell phone number."
Neville said he wanted to leave the Westside a better place. Those who work with him and for him say, mission accomplished.
Captain Dan Gerrard will take over the district. There is a letter from Neville to the people of the Westside HERE