CINCINNATI — Cincinnati police and federal officials have designated Avondale as a “high violent crime area" due to "the excessive number of shootings and shots fired incidents" there recently, authorities announced Wednesday.
Cincinnati police officers and federal agents passed out flyers in the neighborhood to explain the situation to residents. The flyers say residents can expect an increase in targeted operations to stop and prevent crime.
SEE the flyer here or below.
Avondale is the third Cincinnati neighborhood to be designated as a high violent crime area, following Over-the-Rhine and the West End last month. The designation comes from police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
@CincyPD & many State & Federal law enforcement agencies are currently handing out community crime awareness flyers in Avondale today.
— Cincinnati Police Department (@CincyPD) May 15, 2019
Targeted operations will focus on removing illegal drugs, prosecuting gang members, unsolved homicides and armed robberies, the flyer said. They will also be on the lookout for offenders of federal gun laws.
“Violations of federal firearms laws often result in longer sentences and higher fines than state law violations,” the flyer said.
Avondale will be subject to enhanced, joint law enforcement activities until recent violent crime trends diminish.
Police are encouraging anyone with tips regarding crimes in the targeted areas to report them:
- Call Crime Stoppers: 513-352-3040
- Text CINTIP and your message to CRIMES (274637)
- Illegal Firearms Activity: Call ATF at 1-800-283-4867
- Other Criminal Activity: Call ATF at 1-888-283-8477 or email ATFTips@atf.gov