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Police captain's comments stir controversy

One person who isn't happy with the spike in shootings is District 4 captain Maris Herold. (Source: Gordon Graham, FOX19 NOW) One person who isn't happy with the spike in shootings is District 4 captain Maris Herold. (Source: Gordon Graham, FOX19 NOW)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - One person who isn't happy with the spike in shootings is District 4 captain Maris Herold.

Herold's officers patrol Mount Auburn, Corryville, Hartwell, Avondale, North Avondale, Paddock Hills, Bond Hill, Roselawn, Carthage, and Walnut Hills.

It was at Thursday night's Walnut Hills Area Council meeting where Herold said this: "Hopefully, we can push the crime into Kentucky. I don't care if you quote me at this point."

Captain Herold explained her statement Friday.

“The comment about pushing crime to Kentucky was completely taken out of context. What we were talking about specifically were drug trains on quiet streets in Walnut Hills and the majority of those being Kentucky license plates,” Herold said. 

Captain Herold says after a long discussion about possible solutions. 

“A comment was made that at some point we have to stop the supply end of that coming from Kentucky and push that back to Kentucky” Herold said.  

The comment drew this reaction from Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney Rob Saunders on Twitter. "We get enough of their criminals as is but if Chief Blackwell needs help from the Southbank, all he as to do is ask."



Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell says his goal is to make criminals unwelcome where they do business. 

“I wouldn't say that our strategy ever is to push crime to another community. We try to help eradicate crime,” Blackwell said.

Meanwhile, Mayor John Cranley had this to say on Twitter: "Though I understand the officers' frustration, her comments absolutely do not reflect my view or City of Cincinnati policy." 


Covington Police Chief Spike Jones says he knows the stress the captain is under and says he's not bothered. 

“We certainly don't take offense here in Covington to those comments. We have such a good relationship with Chief Blackwell and his entire command staff and we certainly know that that wouldn't have been any of their intent,” Jones said.

Captain Herold enjoys the support of a diverse cross section of residents in the neighborhoods she serves including Walnut Hills Area Council President Kathryne Gardette who says she takes exception with the way the Cincinnati Enquirer covered last night's area council meeting. 

“We believe it was clear to everyone that the meeting was about solving problems not moving them. Everyone except the Cincinnati Enquirer reporter,” Gardette said.

FOX19 NOW asked Captain Herold what's it like to have so much support from the community and she says it's a great feeling and it makes her want to come to work. 

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