Glitch causes safety issue for Cincinnati police

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Police Department issued a safety alert to officers this week due to a technical issue with communication systems.

A May 8 alert from Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell states dispatchers may have difficulty checking if a person is wanted on warrants due to a glitch at the Emergency Communications Center (ECC).

“When officers query an individual or vehicle, ECC dispatchers are not consistently receiving notification about the wanted status of individuals,” the alert states.

All officers are advised to run their own checks on suspects and vehicles using the Mobile Data Computers in their cruisers until the problem is fixed.

This means the officers are responsible for telling dispatchers if a suspect or vehicle is wanted instead of the other way around.

Blackwell said ECC Assistant Manager Joseph Zenni is aware of the situation and is currently working to fix it.

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