CINCINNATI -- Mayor John Cranley said solving the Tri-State's growing heroin crisis is his No. 1 concern during his State of the City speech Tuesday night at Oakley's 20th Century Theater.
Cranley revealed city firefighters have given more than 3,700 doses of Narcan in 2016 alone. He also said the police department is using "shot-spotter" technology that allows officers to respond to shootings more quickly.
"They want to see more of our cops on the street, not less, especially neighborhoods that have high gun violence," Cranley said. "Remember U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said we are a role model for police-community relations and so we continue to invest in those community-police relationships."
The mayor also announced this year's employee of the year award went to Officer Donald Jordan, a 16-year veteran of the Cincinnati Police Department.
"We are engaged in great and important work, building a city that works for all," Cranley said at the conclusion of his speech. "There is nothing I would rather be doing and nobody but you I would rather be working with. Together, we can prove what we already know — that cities are special because they are premised on the very notion that we are stronger together."
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