CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell, Councilman Christopher Smitherman and University of Cincinnati President Santa Ono announced what the city called "a major public safety initiative" Monday morning at City Hall.
Blackwell said the city will use police overtime and only used in areas that research has identified to have the greatest impact. He said a "lateral transfer class" will enable to city to get highly-trained officers on the street in about a third of the time that it takes to put a recruit class on the street.
Blackwell said city will form a full-time gang unit with two sergeants, 10 officers, an operational component and an intelligence component. There will also be a youth engagement platform.
"No general fund dollars, no money is being taken from patrol or investigative details to do these initiatives," Blackwell said.
"But I think it's imperative that we think outside the box here at CPD and not simply put all of our resources into answering 911 calls and investigating violent crime. We need to be proactive and even preventive in our efforts."
The initiative is aimed at reducing the number of homicides, combating violent crime and making long-term investments in the city's police department, according to the city.