It’s been 300 days since Jeffrey Blackwell took the top cop position with the Cincinnati Police Department.
Nearly one year later, Blackwell met with media representatives Wednesday to discuss his time on the job, the current state of crime in the city and that status of some of the key initiatives he planned to implement when he took his oath of office Sept. 30, 2013.
"Through policing strategy shifts, community engagement, sustainable youth initiatives and laser focused attention paid to violent criminals -- crime, disorder and the fear of crime will all subside in 2015," the former deputy police chief in Columbus said during his 35-minute speech.
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Since Day 1, Blackwell says he’s focused the attention of his 1,300-person department on four areas:
- Increasing visibility, professionalism and community collaboration
- Using technology to improve operational efficiencies
- Developing a robust Youth Engagement Platform
- Reducing crime through evidence-based and culturally equitable policing and engagement
On Wednesday, the 27-year veteran of law enforcement addressed the status of those initiatives and also provided some insights into strategic projects yet to come.
Some of those include increased gun safety lessons for children, the possible return of the mounted police division and cameras that would be worn by on-duty officers, meaning a criminal's encounter with police could be caught on tape.
View a PowerPoint presentation from Wednesday's press conference by clicking on the image below.