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Blackwell turns to community as anti-violence plan deadline arrives

There is another town hall meeting Friday at 10 a.m. at the Urban League on Reading Road (Source: Ben Katko, FOX19 NOW) There is another town hall meeting Friday at 10 a.m. at the Urban League on Reading Road (Source: Ben Katko, FOX19 NOW)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati's top cop is turning to his own neighborhoods for help to combat a growing problem of violence in the city.
 
Chief Jeffrey Blackwell will meet with the public at 10 a.m. Friday at the Urban League on Reading Road as he gathers ideas for a plan to reduce shootings and other violence over the next 90 days.

That plan is due to City Manager Harry Black Friday, one day after one of Blackwell's assistant police chiefs quit to accept a job in Florida.

Blackwell began seeking public in put on the measure Thursday at New Prospect Baptist Church in Roselawn.

"I had, like, three friends that died from gun violence in the past year,” said Chris Rogers, a 17-year-old from Avondale.
 
Rogers was one of dozens offering his ideas to the eager ears of Cincinnati police leaders.
 
"It shows that they actually care and they're not just saying that they care,” Rogers said.
 
Blackwell put the call out a few days ago that he needs the community's help to solve the growing problem.
 
"We collected all of the ideas, and I'm going to try to infuse as much as I can into the bigger report that's due on Monday morning,”
said Blackwell.
 
One idea that was addressed many times is to put more police on the streets.  It's something Blackwell said will happen starting next
week
.
 
"I guarantee you.  My plan's not done, but you definitely are going to see officers walking the beat,” Blackwell.
 
The plan involves reassigning more than 50 officers and getting out walking the neighborhoods.
 
"No one's immune.  I'm taking my aide, my driver.  The deputy chiefs are losing their aide and driver.  We are taking all of our resources that we can to commit to this problem,” Blackwell told FOX19 NOW.  "We're not going to put in a plan that creates aggressive, over-the-top, stop-and- risk policing.  We are not going to allow this attitude shift, if you will, make us shift from the brand of policing that we do here in Cincinnati.  I give you my word on that."

Blackwell says he will also put undercover detectives on the streets, too.

“A whole bunch of detectives that were undercover are going to be wearing a uniform. They've got to shave and clean up,” he said. 

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