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CPD activates Violent Crimes Response Team

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Cincinnati police launched its Violent Crimes Response Team Sunday. 

The goal is to focus on hot spots where violent crimes occur the most. 75 officers will be reassigned from other departments like the homicide and violent crimes units to hit the streets and to be more visible.

The department uses data-driven analysis to detect hot spots where violent crimes happen the most. 

"We're clearly going to be focused, we're going to be data driven, and it's going to be through investigative processes. This is not something you want to haphazardly employ," said Interim Police Chief Eliot Isaac.

Former Cincinnati police officer and current state senator, Cecil Thomas, said they had a similar task force when he was in the department. He adds it could lead to possible racial profiling. 

"There were folks saying that there was racial profiling involved, and we have to make sure that doesn't occur," said Thomas.

The response team will provide street coverage primarily from 11 a.m. to midnight. 

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