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Blackwell initiates another phase of his crime reduction plan

Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell (Source: Shawn Lanier, FOX19 NOW) Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell (Source: Shawn Lanier, FOX19 NOW)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffery Blackwell will put 24 additional officers on the street to try and reduce the spike in shootings.

Residents in areas like Avondale do not want to hear the gunshot.

Christine Peterson says she fed up.

"I don't know I'm just getting tired of it,” said Peterson. “I hear it all night. I'm just... I'm just getting tired of it.”

Peterson has only lived in Avondale for three weeks, and she already fears the worst for her family.

"I'm just afraid to send my children downstairs to even play outside, because I'm afraid if someone starts shooting, they may
get hit by a bullet," said Peterson.

This weekend Cincinnati has seen a spike in shootings bringing the total fatal and non-fatal shootings this year to 317. That's
a 32 percent spike from last year at this time.

Chief Blackwell presented to council in the Law and Public Safety meeting another phase of his crime reduction plan that will
begin on Sunday.

“We're just going to reassign currently 24 officers from non-uniform assignments,” said Blackwell. “We're going to put them directly
in district 4, district 2 and two of the officers in district 1."

While putting more officers on the streets may be a major concern of Blackwell and Council, Peterson feels there needs to be
more of a focus on youth intervention.

"He can also engage with the younger people but when that's over and done they're still back out here on the streets,”
said Peterson.
 
Blackwell says there are also too many guns on the street, and they have to figure out how to get them out the hands of criminals.

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