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Officer who feared layoffs rejoins force
CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- Nineteen additional police officers patrolled Cincinnati streets Monday than the week before.
Lateral officers who left other departments were working with field training officers in different neighborhoods. For one of them, patrolling in a Cincinnati police cruiser was deja vu.
In 2009 officer Carl Beebe was hand-picked to walk a new beat at Findlay Market. It had to do with ability to connect with people and keep them safe. Beebe was a cop at Findlay Market two years then got two pink slips threatening layoffs.
Beebe wasn't the only member of his recruit class who left for another department. He went to West Chester. This year's first lateral police class in a decade gave him a chance to come back.
Beebe will work one of the business districts in the city that included Avondale. His field training officer said he demonstrated presence, important when a bad guy is sizing you up.
Specialist Chris Campo of the Cincinnati Police Department said, "Makes the decision for them as far as what they're going to do, how they're going to react."
Beebe thought all the new officers have an ability to connect with people and the willingness to listen to them.
"When you're looking at the ability to talk, compassion not something taught. It's how you are raised," Beebe said he felt at home his first night on the job.
Home is where the heart is, that was where Beebe left his.
A full 60-member recruit class will begin training later this year.
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