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Blackwell delivers 90-day plan to City Manager

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Chief Jeffery Blackwell met with City Manager Harry Black to hand his summer plan to reduce violence in Cincinnati.

FOX19 NOW caught up with Chief Blackwell after that meeting and he said they are all on the same page.

“The boss really likes the plan, I can tell you that,” said Blackwell. “He's pleased with it. He wants it to come from him. It's been done, it's being tweaked. It's really comprehensive and it's going be a good plan and we're looking forward to the implementation.”

Black sent out a statement reading, “The Chief has provided recommendations, that I will review and provide feedback. Any working documents have yet to be finalized. We are working as expeditiously as possible and expect to have a final plan mid-week, at which time it will be fully shared and explained to the public."

Many community leaders are waiting for the specifics of the plan. The city has seen a decade high in the number of shootings in the month of May.

Nikki Steele, who is the interim President of the Winton Hill Community Council, said she ready to see some action.

"I don't think it's that difficult,” said Steele. “I just think the effort needs to be put forth.”

Steele adds that she wants less talking and more action, and she has some specifics on what they can do.

"More intervention and prevention. More activities for our young juveniles who are just out here pretty much bored and coming up with these bright ideas that ends up getting themselves in trouble," said Steele.

Steele spends her time helping children in the Winton Hills area. She provides a positive atmosphere for them and wants to see the City do the same.

She understands that gun violence is at a decade high and maybe this would be the perfect time to go outside the box in order to clean up the streets.

"A gun buy back and stop the violence concert,” said Steele. “Let these kids know you're not going to get in trouble for turning these guns in.”

Steele is ready to see if this plan can make a difference.

"Let them know that people do care about them. That there's more out there than what people see in Winton Hill, Avondale and Over-The-Rhine.”

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