Cincinnati reports no homicides in weeks

By Regina Russo – bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Police say an increase in community involvement may be the answer as to why the City of Cincinnati hasn't reported a homicide in several weeks.

The last homicide reported in the city was Dec. 9, 2009.

"I've never seen it like this in over 35 years I've been around this agency," said Vince DeMasi, the city's Assistant Police Chief.

DeMasi says the lull in homicides could be from increased foot tread from Citizens on Patrol and community involvement.

"Community involvement is at an all time high right now," he said.

DeMasi adds that detectives are also arming themselves with a new weapon - data from University of Cincinnati that tracks trends.

"I know we do a lot more work on where crime is going to occur and who's committing the crimes," said DeMasi.

Another factor could be the progress made by Outreach workers of the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV).  Workers pound the pavement every day knocking on doors, telling residents in various neighborhoods that they don't have to take crime and young people don't have to commit it.

"We basically go out in the street offer those likely perpetrators of gun violence and offer them another way of life," said Abdul Bilal, case manager for CIRV.

The last time the city saw a streak like that was 2000, when there were 74 days without a homicide.

"I really don't know why 40 day lull, homicide is a most complex of all crimes," said DeMasi.

DeMasi says he's grateful for what's working right now.

"I think I'm guardedly optimistic, we're moving the right direction but only time will tell," he said.

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