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Cincinnati police chief leads workshops near Ferguson on police/community relations

Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell (FOX19 NOW/file) Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell (FOX19 NOW/file)
Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell is training law enforcement officers near Ferguson on police/community relations.

Blackwell is scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday to address police from more than two dozen St. Louis metro area departments during an event called "Child Safety Day" at Saint Louis University. Hundreds more personnel from police departments across the nation also will to participate via the Internet.

He is expected to explain how Cincinnati's officers re-engaged the city's residents, business owners and other stakeholders after a police-involved fatal shooting sparked riots in 2001.

Blackwell said he will discuss the agency's resulting Collaborative Agreement with the U.S. Justice Department and its current community policing programs, ones that continue even after the collaborative ended in 2007.

"It is well known Cincinnati is the model of policing in this nation," Blackwell told FOX19 NOW. "Without trust, without relationships, people and agencies revert to 'big me, little you' and 'we will tell you what the problems are in your neighborhood' and 'we will also tell you how we are going to address them.' With community problem oriented policing, it's just the opposite."

When law enforcement collaborate with residents, they identity problems together and sometimes discover new ones that also need attention or become the new priority, Blackwell said. That trust is key in community involvement.

"You allow them to have input into the strategic operational platform you have going forward to solve that particular problem and that's what a lot of agencies can't wrap their minds around: How do you share all of that? But if you do, it works. It works better. We are demonstrating that to the nation here in Cincinnati."

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