More officers walking streets and "robust" teen curfew enforcement top Cincinnati's plan to reduce violence in the next 90 days, city leaders announced Wednesday.
Two crews of officers will walk streets in each beat and juveniles will be taken to "curfew centers" at churches, where they can receive services and counseling from pastors, police and others while their parents are contacted.
"It is not our goal or intent to criminalize curfew aggressively but rather take the children and put them in a safe environment," Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said in a press conference at Olden View Park.
Community partners and others involved in crime reduction efforts joined Blackwell and Mayor John Cranley and City Manager Harry Black as they announced the five-point Summer Safety Initiative:
Parents or guardians could be cited for a minor's curfew violation, according to the ordinance. The curfew for children under the age of 15 is 10 p.m. and the curfew for 16 and 17-year-olds is midnight.
This comes after a recent spike in violence with shootings at a 10-year high.
[Document: Cincinnati's Summer Safety Initiative]
The chief has said that while shootings are up, overall violent crime is down this year in Cincinnati. On Wednesday, he said the shootings are typically linked to some sort of street turf "beef" or disrespect, not necessarily drugs.
Blackwell noted that criminal street guns are out of control not only in Cincinnati but nationwide.
“That is probably one of the primary goals of the Summer Safety Initiative is to eradicate the firearms on our streets and to find out where the guns are coming from,” said Blackwell.
He held several community listening sessions last week to help formulate the plan before giving it to Black on Monday.
Mayor John Cranley said the city will keep trying new strategies as they continue working to reduce the violence.
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