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Riding with an officer as city police prepare for possible changes under chief's plan

(PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Ben Katko) (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Ben Katko)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

On Wednesday, Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell will release his 90-day violence cutting plan for the public to see for the first time.

It comes on the heels of some of the bloodiest times the city has seen in recent history in terms of gun violence.

As the release of that plan looms, FOX19 NOW rode along with a Cincinnati Police Department officer to get a better feel for life on the streets.

"Every day is different,” said Ofc. Danielle Jacques with the Cincinnati Police Department.

Jacques has been on the force for more than a decade. She's working the department's District 4 that patrols Mount Auburn, Corryville, Walnut Hills, Avondale, North Avondale, Paddock Hills, Bond Hill, Roselawn, Carthage, and Hartwell.

In District 4, the beat has seen a 20 percent violent crime increase from the start of April to the end of last month, according to numbers released last week. Those statistics may have something to do, at least in part, with a jump in calls to police that Jacques says she's noticed.

"If they feel like something's not normal to them, or something out of the ordinary to them, they're not hesitating to call the police,” she said.

The way officers answer those calls and patrol the streets is evolving.

"It's gearing more towards the community and policing,” Jacques told FOX19 NOW.

Nationally, officers are under the microscope and the country is seeing stressed police-community relations. But locally, officers say it's a different story.

"A lot of people in the community like seeing us around. They feel good when we're riding down their street,” said Jacques.

Come Wednesday and the announcement from Chief Blackwell about his plan, the way officers do their jobs may be different.

"We don't know what's in that, so we'll be waiting to see and hear ourselves just like everyone else,” Jacques said.

But they know who the plan is for.

"It's for Cincinnati,” Jacques told FOX19 NOW.

Blackwell has said his plan will be comprehensive. More than 50 officers are expected to be reassigned from within the department to taking on roles in the streets. While shootings are up, Blackwell has said that overall, violent crime is down.

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