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Crime in Cincinnati at 10-year-low

FOX19 NOW Morning News Anchor Rob Williams interviews Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell. (FOX19 NOW) FOX19 NOW Morning News Anchor Rob Williams interviews Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell. (FOX19 NOW)
Crime in Cincinnati, including homicides and shootings, was down across the board last year from 2013 and is at its lowest point in a decade, city leaders announced Tuesday.

"People need to know that the city leadership here thinks that fighting crime and safety are the most important things we do," Mayor John Cranley said on FOX19 NOW Morning News. "We want to remind people we are working on this everyday."

Homicides fell 14.9 percent with 11 fewer victims in 2014 from 2013, when homicides were up 50 percent.

Shootings dropped by 13.4 percent with 58 fewer victims. Gang member involvement in crimes decreased by 23.4 percent.

Smaller crimes and traffic accidents also are down, Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said.

The crime drop resulted in part from $1.2 million in overtime Cranley pushed for that went toward officers targeting high crime areas during peak crime months, Blackwell said.

The Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV) also made a big difference in reducing violence, Cranley said. Police partner with social service agencies, community and church leaders and former felons to identify and target groups and gangs involved in violent crime.

The reduction in crime is a trend the city plans to work toward achieving each year, with the help of continued community involvement, Blackwell said.

"It's the spirit of  unity and everything working in tandem that's making a real difference in Cincinnati," he said.

A recruit class of 57 that graduates next month will put even more officers on the streets and hopefully reduce response times, he said.

"It is moving in the right direction," Cranley said. "We know it's not perfect in every neighborhood, but we are going to keep working at it."

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