Chief Blackwell (Source: Mike Buckingham, FOX19 NOW)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
Friday was the deadline for Chief Blackwell's 90-day action plan to reduce violence according to City Manager Harry Black's memo earlier this week, but the Chief is still working on exactly what that will look like.
Friday morning, he was over in Avondale listening to more community concerns.
“I need to tell you all this, it's not about me, it's about we,” said Chief Blackwell.
Blackwell continued to enforce his message of togetherness as he held his third town hall meeting in two days.
Chief Blackwell said he was encouraged by what people in the community told him.
"They know that the police officers here care about them, but they also understand we can't do it alone,” said Blackwell.
According to chief Blackwell, while shootings are up, overall violent crime is down this year in Cincinnati.
Sandra Porter, who lives in Avondale did not make it in to the meetings, but stood outside the Urban League Center passing out flyers and talking to anyone who would listen and join her for a “Stop The Madness Festival.” It will be at the Church of Resurrection on Saturday. She was pleading her case that we all must act.
"This is a problem we all got to work on,” said Porter. “This is not the police problem. It's not going to go away overnight. I don't think we should be firing no police chief and all that. I think we should be supporting him more than anything."
These community listening sessions are put together, to allow residents the opportunity to voice their concerns, specific to their neighborhoods. With their input, Chief Blackwell plans to put together his 90- day plan of action, to reduce crime within city limits.
Friday afternoon, the 105th LEO Recruit Class had its graduation. There were 22 new officers who's boots will be on the streets of Cincinnati to curb this recent spike in shootings.
Ohio Senator Cecil Thomas used to walk the streets of Cincinnati as a police officer and says this community first approach is just right for a city like Cincinnati.
“We are very neighborhood oriented and every neighborhood wants their own police department, they want their own police officer,” said Thomas.
Meanwhile, Porter is asking people across the city ask themselves one question.
"What can you do to stop this madness that's going on around here,” said Porter.
Blackwell says he will present this 90-day plan to the City Monday, giving him all weekend to review and work on it.