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CIRV Initiative: Breaking up gangs location by location
CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- Two men killed in one week on the same street.
The January shootings brought a focus on gangs and the return of an anti-violence initiative that targets not just the gang members but where they meet.
The SWAT team moved in on a mechanic shop on Glenwood, where police say bad things have been going on inside for a long time.
Captain Mike Neville of the Cincinnati Police Department said, "We have reason to believe true bad guys go there to meet."
Going after places where gangs go is a way of disconnecting members Neville said. A strategy used in January after two murders on Avondale's Irving Street. The Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence started identifying gang members and places where they hung out starting with a local apartment complex. Captain Neville met with the owners of the complex to define what kind of behavior would be tolerated. Evictions followed.
"When owners came in from Chicago a month ago up there, a few weeks after that they were having birthday party and playing soccer in the street," said Captain Neville.
Place-based policing was also used after a 14-year-old girl was accidentally shot to death in an apartment on Reading Road in March. Nine evictions followed in the 40-unit apartment building.
Wednesday the CIRV initiative tracked gang members wanted for gun and drug crimes and took away places they like to meet. Captain Neville wants them to know this is just the beginning.
CIRV includes the Sheriff's office, Prosecutor, ATF, DEA, FBI, US Marshals, probation department and the University of Cincinnati. In Wednesday's roundup officers recovered ten guns, two of them stolen. They also confiscated 55 grams of heroin.
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