Cincinnati Police Chief retires after four decades of service

Cincinnati Police Chief Tom Streicher
Cincinnati Police Chief Tom Streicher

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Friday, March 18th marks the last day on the job for Cincinnati Police Chief Tom Streicher.

After four decades of service, Chief Streicher says he is ready to retire. Streicher started his career when he was a teenager, choosing police work over joining the Naval Academy after going to work with his father, also a policeman.

Streicher has served Cincinnati through some of its toughest times, including the riots in 2001. He told FOX19 that one of his proudest accomplishments was reducing crime in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood by 50 percent in the last 10 years. Streicher said he is also proud of the recent reality show: Policewomen of Cincinnati, saying he thinks the show captures the world of law enforcement and the beauty of the city.

Cincinnati Police are still searching for a new Chief of Police, since City Council is no longer supporting a merger of the Sheriff's Department and City Police.

There is no word on if the new Chief will come from inside the department or be an outside candidate.

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