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Cincinnati aims to reduce gun violence

City leaders started holding community roundtable meetings Wednesday as they work to reduce shootings. (Provided by the city of Cincinnati) City leaders started holding community roundtable meetings Wednesday as they work to reduce shootings. (Provided by the city of Cincinnati)
BOND HILL, OH (FOX19) -

Cincinnati leaders launched the first in a series of community roundtable discussions Wednesday morning as part of an initiative to reduce gun violence in the city.

Mayor John Cranley, City Manager Harry Black and Police Chief Eliot Isaac are meeting with civic activists and community leaders at the Hamilton County Community Action Agency, 1740 Langdon Farm Rd.

Officials are seeking community input after gun violence shot up nearly 28 percent in 2015.

Mayor Cranley has said reducing shootings and violent crime is among his top priorities this year.

FOX 19 NOW spoke with the police chief this week about how the city is planning to tackle gun violence.

"It's all about communication and we want to make sure that from all levels, from mayor to manager to the police department, that we are listening and communicating with the communities that we serve," Isaac said. 

“It's never been easy and it's never going to be easy, but we have to look for the best processes and the best way to approach it and we think that a collaborative effort is truly the way to go," he said. "We want to share we're doing but we also want to be good listeners and we want to make sure that those lines of communication are open and that we are really there to hear what we're being told.”

Officials plan to hold five community meetings over the next two months in each of the five police districts around the city:


•           District 1 meeting:  6:30-8:30 p.m. on Jan. 11, Over-the-Rhine Recreation Center, 1715 Republic St.
•           District 2 meeting:  6:30-8:30 p.m. on Jan. 25, Evanston Recreation Center, 3204 Woodburn Ave.
•           District 3 meeting:  6:30-8:30 p.m. on Feb. 1, Westwood Town Hall, 3017 Harrison Ave.
•           District 4 meeting:  6:30-8:30 p.m. on Feb. 8, Bond Hill Community Center, 1501 Elizabeth Place
•           District 5 meeting:  6:30-8:30 p.m. on Feb. 22, College Hill Community Center, 5545 Belmont Ave.

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