CINCINNATI -- The Fraternal Order of Police voted unanimously Monday night to demand all officers be immediately moved from District 5 headquarters and provided with free cancer screenings, FOP president Sgt. Dan Hils announced on Facebook.
"If the city fails to comply with this demand, money has been set aside to have attorneys consulted in this matter," he wrote.
Some police have linked the building on Ludlow Avenue, where employees reported bugs, mold and asbestos, to a number of cancer diagnoses among people who worked there. At a Sept. 26 news conference, Hils reported six cancer-related deaths among District 5 employees under the age of 60 during 2015 and 2016.
"We can’t control all the situations that we get sent to, but I think the least that we can ask for is to have good working conditions in the place where we start and end our shift," Hils said then. "I just want to say, my patience is done."
A moving date has not been set, the police public information officer, Lt. Steve Saunders, said Tuesday. He said some employees working administrative assignments had already started moving into a new temporary home at the Spinney Field training complex.
For the foreseeable future, Saunders said patrol officers would continue to meet at Ludlow Avenue for a few minutes for roll call, then work out of their patrol cars.
Although City Manager Harry Black said an inspection of the Ludlow Avenue headquarters did not find evidence of unsafe material contamination, Police Chief Eliot Isaac promised Sept. 29 to temporarily move all employees working administrative assignments to Spinney Field by Oct. 31. Once training classes resume, those employees would be moved to a leased building on Colerain Avenue in Camp Washington, Isaac said.
Isacc's plan called for the remaining 100-odd patrol officers to remain at Ludlow Avenue until Dec. 31.