The Faith Community Alliance of Greater Cincinnati met Monday to discuss how they want to attack the recent spike in crime. Assistant Police Chief Dave Bailey says the community is the most important aspect in helping solve crimes. He applauded the Evanstoncommunity for their help in solving two crimes in their area. "In both of these cases the community stepped up, gave us some information we needed to get these things closed,”said Bailey.Tayron Cockrell was charged and arrested with five counts of felonious assault, and William Smith was arrested and charged with the murders of both Alma Owens and Macarthur Jackson.While getting these men off the streets was important, shootings are still up 30 percent from last year, according to reports. Bailey said that community help is important and now the police department is saying it will step up its efforts even more. "We're looking at putting together some sort of task force as we move forward toward the end of the year,” claimed Bailey. Just before Bailey's announcement on the possibility of a task force, the Faith Community Alliance met at the Urban League to figure out how the community should act to the crimes on their streets. Pastor Innis Tait said the meeting was to pull the resources of the community together. "If the community withdraws, if the community no longer gets engaged, then we lose a strong advocate for peace in our city,” said Tait.Assistant Chief Bailey, Pastor Tait and others understand that working across the table with each other is the only way this progress can happen. "We need folks cooperating with us and we want them to help us change their neighborhoods and transform their neighborhoods,and get rid of some of this violence,” said Bailey.
Copyright 2015 WXIX. All rights reserved.