PHOTOS: A few days with Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell

Endless queue of meetings consume chief's time

CINCINNATI - As I followed Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell around for a few days, it was tough for me to tell if I was talking to a police chief or an academic.

A bit of both, I suppose.

He recited off statistics and past experiences related to the criminal mind, economics and issues of simple survival throughout a few days last week. Blackwell's schedule is one of a CEO, running from meeting to meeting and squeezing in the occasional media interview and maybe a bite to eat when he can. He hardly has time to call his wife.

Blackwell is in the midst of  launching a litany of programs to engage the city's young people with police and the community. Many of his meetings touched on those programs and violent-crime reduction.

He discussed the vulturous tactics that affect too many young people on the city's streets and parks. But he still says violence is preventable and avoidable.

The photo story allows a rare peek into the job of the city's top cop. 

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The office of Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell is where he spends most of his time executing the department's public safety policies. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell meets with his External Advisory board to discuss public safety initiatives, specifically his youth engagement platform and gang enforcement policies on Tuesday afternoon. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

 

Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell meets with his External Advisory board to discuss public safety initiatives, specifically his youth engagement platform and gang enforcement policies on Tuesday afternoon. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

 

Assistant Chief David Bailey, right, smiles during the chief's morning meeting on Wednesday. Bailey is responsible for criminal investigations and the two discussed ways to control gang violence throughout the city. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

 

Tiffaney Hardy, far left, discusses youth engagement awareness with the chief's staff during the morning meeting on Wednesday. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

 

From left: Blackwell, assistant chiefs David Bailey and James Whalen, and Capt. Teresa Theetge, review personnel staffing issues during the chief's morning meeting on Wednesday. The chief and his inner circle meet every Monday and Wednesday. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

 

Blackwell meets with City Councilmember Amy Murray to discuss public safety issues, specifically what are the needs of the police department on Wednesday. The meeting, which lasted an hour and half, showed the different political agendas Blackwell and police department face on a regular basis. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

Blackwell meets with City Councilmember Amy Murray to discuss public safety issues, specifically what are the needs of the police department on Wednesday. The meeting, which lasted an hour and half, showed the different political agendas Blackwell and police department face on a regular basis. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

Blackwell shows City Councilmember Amy Murray the Dallas Police Department's website as an example of what he envisions the Cincinnati police department's website should look like on Wednesday. Blackwell argued it can be too difficult for residents to reach the department in its current form. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

 

Blackwell shows City Councilmember Amy Murray the Dallas Police Department's website as an example of what he envisions the Cincinnati police department's website should look like on Wednesday. Blackwell argued it can be too difficult for residents to reach the department in its current form. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

During the meeting with City Councilmember Amy Murray, Blackwell heads to the fridge to offer refreshments. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

Blackwell cleans off his suit jacket in his office before heading over to meet the Cincinnati Citizens Association Luncheon at the Queen City Club. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

 

Blackwell socializes while waiting in line for lunch at Cincinnati Citizens Police Association luncheon on Wednesday at the Queen City Club downtown. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

Blackwell socializes while waiting in line for lunch at Cincinnati Citizens Police Association luncheon on Wednesday at the Queen City Club downtown. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

Blackwell grabs lunch at Cincinnati Citizens Police Association luncheon on Wednesday at the Queen City Club downtown. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

Tiffaney Hardy, the police director of communications, takes a photo of Blackwell with the Cincinnati Citizens Police Association Awardees Officer Richard Minella Jr. and Specialist Jane Noel. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

Blackwell checks his phone for his next meeting as he waits for others to leave after the Cincinnati Citizens Police Association luncheon at the Queen City Club on Wednesday. Blackwell had a 2 p.m. meeting scheduled with the Sentinel Police Association. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

Blackwell

leans over the table to talk to Capt. Elliot Isaac during a meeting with the Sentinel Police Association on Wednesday. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

In between meetings with the Sentinel Association and the Cincinnati Reds, Blackwell was interviewed by WLWT, outlining his youth engagement plan and new measures to reduce violent crime. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

In between meetings with the Sentinel Association and the Cincinnati Reds, Blackwell was interviewed by WLWT, outlining his youth engagement plan and new measures to reduce violent crime. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

Blackwell walks across Joe Nuxhall Way for a meeting with the Cincinnati Reds to discuss 2015 All-Star Game security on Wednesday. The closed-door meeting was with regional security partners outlining the basic facts of many attendees the city should expect to protect. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

Blackwell enters Great American Ball Park with communications director Tiffaney Hardy for a meeting with the Cincinnati Reds to discuss 2015 All-Star Game security on Wednesday. The closed-door meeting was with regional security partners outlining the basic facts of how many attendees the city should expect to protect. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

 

Blackwell meets with local Fraternal Order of Police President Kathy Harrell in his office on Thursday. The two are working to build a closer relationship, with Blackwell acknowledging that they're are not going to see eye-to-eye on issues, but "that's a good thing." Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

 

Blackwell takes a minute to review press clippings and photos with chief's office receptionist Gloria Everson on Thursday. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

Blackwell meets with Police Academy Capt. Douglas Wiesman and Internal Affairs Capt. Teresa Theetge to discuss an upcoming lieutenant promotion exam. Blackwell advised the two on the basic structure of the exam on Thursday. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell eats lunch at the Skyline in Clifton on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. Admittedly, the Columbus native didn't like Cincinnati chili, but it has grown on him in his five months as the city's top cop. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell eats lunch at the Skyline in Clifton on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. Admittedly, the Columbus native didn't like Cincinnati chili, but it has grown on him in his five months as the city's top cop. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

After lunch, Blackwell is able to slip over for a haircut at International Barber Stylists on Elm Street on Thursday ahead of a meeting with the Cincinnati Bengals. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

Blackwell first met barber Al Kinney when he came for an interview for the police chief job. After eating at Izzy's across the street, he went in for a haircut. Since then, Blackwell only needs to sit down and Kinney sharpens Blackwell's look. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

For a moment, Blackwell is able to slip out of the office for a haircut at International Barber Stylists on Elm Street on Thursday ahead of a meeting with the Cincinnati Bengals. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

For a moment, Blackwell is able to slip out of the office for a haircut at International Barber Stylists on Elm Street on Thursday ahead of a meeting with the Cincinnati Bengals. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

 

Blackwell meets with department brass on Friday for the STARS meeting, a weekly review of statistics and problem areas throughout the city Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

District 4 Capt. Michael Neville outlines the latest statistics and problem areas to Blackwell and department unit commanders at Friday's STARS meeting. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

From left: Executive Assistant Chief Paul Humphries, District 4 Capt. Michael Neville, Assistant Chief David Bailey and Blackwell review statistics and problem areas throughout the city during Friday morning's STARS meeting. Last week's meeting focused on districts 2 and 4. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

Blackwell, left, and Executive Assistant Chief Paul Humphries, exchange a quick private word during Friday's STARS meeting, in which all the department's unit commanders get together and review statistics and problem areas throughout the city. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO

For more stories by Kareem Elgazzar, visit www.wcpo.com/elgazzar . Follow him on Twitter at @ElgazzarBLVD

 

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