CINCINNATI -- Piggybacking off of a major crime bust, community leaders and Cincinnati police sought to clean up the neighborhood of Avondale Saturday, literally.
Community advocates, business leaders and Cincinnati police teamed up beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday to pick up trash and beautify the neighborhood. The public was invited to help out at any time during the event.
The clean-up was focused around the intersection of Rockdale and Reading roads.
The event was organized to remove trash, litter and debris in order to make the community a better place to live.
"This is to show ownership, pride. It establishes the physical appearance of pride," said Capt. Mike Neville with the Cincinnati Police Department. "This is exactly what we will accomplish here today and weeks to come. It's just the beginning."
During that sweep, police also worked with property owners to evict gang members and suspected criminals from at least eight locations where there have been multiple violent crimes. One of those locations was at 3522 Reading Road where there have been four shootings this year – including the death of a 14-year-old - all nearby Saturday's clean up. Nine people were evicted from an apartment building at that address.
Both efforts are part of the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence.
The Avondale Comprehensive Development Corporation, Avondale Youth Council and TCB Community helped organize the event with CPD.