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Chief: Shootings up 32 percent so far this year

Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell (FOX19 NOW/file) Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell (FOX19 NOW/file)

Shootings are up 32 percent so far this year, Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell  told City Council's Law and Public Safety Committee Monday as he updated them on his 90-day plan to reduce violence.

 On Friday, the chief announced 24 officers will transfer next month from specialized units to street patrols to beef up staff in Districts 2 and 4.
 
Last week marked the halfway point since the initiative was put in place following what’s been a violent few months in the city as shootings hit a 10-year high. 
 
There will also be presentations during the 10 a.m. meeting on a mutual aid agreement between the police department and the University of Cincinnati following an officer-involved shooting in July.
 
Part of that plan also could include the creation of a new Cincinnati Police District 5. Committee members have requested a complete report on the costs associated with a new station.
 
Currently, UC officers have a presence off campus, but are not stopping vehicles or pedestrians.
 
Body cameras also on the agenda. The committee expected to get an update on federal grants to help cover the costs to get cameras for all Cincinnati police officers.

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