Cincinnati's new police chief, Jeffrey Blackwell, has a lot
of work ahead of him, including reducing the city's murder rate.
If you compare the number of
murders from 2011 to right now, they've jumped by 20% in stats released by the
police department last week.
The story is a little different
from 2012 to this year, however. The city has seen a 54% increase in
murders, from 35 in 2012 to 54 so far in 2013.
troubled. None of us likes the idea that we have homicides occur at
all. One is too many," said city councilmember, Wendell Young.
From 2012 to now, murders are up
54%. But, rapes and robberies are down, and aggravated assaults are up
For one woman, she knows the
homicide numbers all too well.
"I don't want another mother
to have to go through what I went through," said Hope Dudley.
Dudley's son was murdered in a
drive-by shooting in 2007. She now runs UCanSpeakForMe Bookmarker,
Inc. Through posters and flyers, and helping victim's families, she's
trying to get murder cases solved.
"It's a disease, or a virus,
that's spreading around in our community. But, we really can stop it if
we work together," added Dudley.
Councilmember Wendell Young
agrees. The community needs to get involved, and now with a new police
chief at the helm, comes new ideas.
"Sometimes you do things the
same way over and over and over again, and you're not necessarily getting new
results. We have a new person, new ideas, fresh ideas, fresh eyes.
Let's see what we can come up with," Young told FOX19.
Dudley admits that the only way
to cut these numbers is to work together and step up and say something if you
"We really have to work with
our city officials on this. They need our help. They really need
our help," said Dudley.
When it comes to violent crimes,
those are actually down 2% from 2012 to this year, so far. There have
been 33 less incidents, compared to the 1,955 this time last year.
To see the latest numbers from
the Cincinnati Police Department, click here.