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Special team of cops created to reduce killings, shootings

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A new unit of the Cincinnati Police Department will hit the streets this weekend to target reduce violent crime in the city.

The Violent Crime Response Team, formed by CPD, will begin operations on Oct. 18, according to a memo released by City Manager Harry Black. A total of 75 personnel will be assigned to the VCR team, primarily focusing coverage from 11 a.m. to midnight.

"As part of the City’s commitment to the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV), a number of targeted enforcement measures are already underway but will benefit from an orchestrated prioritized approach to ensure a more timely resolution by removing dangerous offenders off the
street," Black said. 

The VCR Team plan to use more data and intelligence systems to get specific criminals off the streets.

Black said the team will use information available to law enforcement and initiate investigations to target individuals known to be involved in violence while at the same time seeking to dismantle the larger criminal groups.

The majority of the VCR team consists of investigative components and will not deplete normal district patrol functions.

"Adding this violent crime initiative to current operations will further enhance CPD community outreach and crime fighting efforts," Black said. 

The Department is also asking the community to support the initiative by providing information that could assist in solving violent crime incidents.

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