Better Together: Cincinnati Police win Emmy for video

The Cincinnati Police Department is celebrating its recent Emmy award win for a video the department made in 2017. It’s called "Juncta Juvant" and means "better together." (Cincinnati Police Department)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The Cincinnati Police Department is celebrating its recent Emmy award win for a video the department made in 2017. It’s called "Juncta Juvant" and means "better together."

It’s also the motto of the City of Cincinnati. The video is the result of an idea Sgt. Chantia Miller wanted to bring to Cincinnati after seeing a Florida police department do something similar. The purpose of the video is to humanize police officers.

“We want people to know we are your neighbors, coaches, friends in the community,” said Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac. “We are a part of the community as well. And that relationship is really what it’s all about. Building that relationship, that’s how you improve things.”

The video is shot all around the city and every word in it is written and spoken by a police officer.

Lines like:

“Dear citizen, when I see you, I also see me. I am a parent, husband, brother, wife and sister."

And:

“We stand with you during those times of darkness because we want to see truth brought to light."

And:

“Dear citizen, we see you and see that trust must be restored. We understand none of us can erase history’s pain. Those feelings are valid and real.”

The video features officers, business owners, outreach workers, ministers and everyday citizens.

“I can see the police in the community more than I’ve ever seen them, so I know they’re trying to make our community safer for young people that are growing up in the community right now,” said Dorron Hunter.

Hunter is an outreach worker for the city but also runs numerous programs that give city youth positive interactions with police -- kids like Eyan Simms who, through the program, sees officers differently.

“I’ve learned they really do care about us,” said Simms. “People won’t look at police officers as the enemy. I feel like it would be more important if we do that.”

Miller says the video shoot is also helping police officers.

“Sometimes we just need a morale boost and we need a reminder as to why we put this uniform on every day and why we go out and do the job that we do,” said Miller.

In addition to continuing to get out and talk with people, the police department will continue its work in schools and other department programs to keep making new and strong relationships.

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