Chief Craig gives City Council a budget update

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig gave Cincinnati City Council an update on the department's budget savings on Tuesday.

One of the first things Craig did when he became chief was do an audit of the entire force. Among the changes he made was emphasizing neighborhood policing efforts including moving 50 officers from special unit positions to neighborhood patrols.

Chief Craig also instituted a pilot program in which some officers are working 10-hour days for four days. He says the changes have boosted morale, improved health and wellness and reduced sick time.

"And that's a huge deal because there's a cost, because if we're in one of these areas and folks are calling in sick, we have to staff those jobs.  We have to put out sufficient staffing, so we've seen a reduction in that, and that's another win," said Chief Craig.

He also told council he plans to have a new police recruiting class in the first or second quarter of next year.

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