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Halfway through chief's 90-day plan: Are shootings down?

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffery Blackwell said Thursday he feels the city, “is making progress” with the 90-day plan to reduce violence after shootings hit a 10-year high.

Since June, the agency's 23-officer Gang Enforcement Squad, has targeted “high profile offenders and trigger pullers” Blackwell said.

Nearly 100 suspects - 98 were arrested on 281 charges since June. The majority of the charges and citations were for miscellaneous traffic violations and drug possession.

The enforcement squad confiscated over $382,000 worth of drugs and guns.  Blackwell said the violence is trending downward, but shootings in the city are about 25 percent higher than last year.

Blackwell takes that as a win since shootings were up more than 30 percent over last year last month. 

The 90-day plan, which was delayed a few weeks this summer over the in-duty death of Officer Sonny Kim, will likely continue into the fall.

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