AVONDALE, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati police are transferring two dozen officers from current assignments to street patrols.
The move is effective Sept. 13 and will help to put more resources in areas that have been short officers. It also comes after two men, 21 and 19, were found shot within a block each other in an Avondale earlier this week. The 19-year-old died.
And, earlier this summer, two little girls who were innocent bystanders were shot and critically wounded in the same community.
Cincinnati are working to reduce violence over 90 days with shootings in the city at a 10-year high.
"Periodically, the department looks at the complement of officers by conducting a workload analysis. A gap analysis conducted by the full command staff, concluded that 30 officers should be immediately redeployed," reads a prepared police statement.
"There are currently 620 officers assigned to district patrols, a 45-member increase from the 2014 patrol staffing levels. Through the shift analysis, it was determined that 24 officers will be immediately transferred to patrol from other assignments to make a very visible impact to District 4 and District 2...."
The extra resources are being pulled from six areas in the department:
- Eight officers from Special Services
- Five from Quality of Life Enhancement Team
- Four from Special Investigations
- Three from Criminal Investigations
- Two each from District 3 and Telephone Crime Reporting Unit
"Now that we are almost at the end of the 90-day Summer Initiative, we have looked at the data and emerging trends," said Chief Jeffrey Blackwell. "We have decided to implement Phase Two of the safety plan by adding additional officers to the identified districts to increase visibility and response times."