New program aims to protect witnesses and solve homicides

New program aims to protect witnesses and solve homicides

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - There are over 500 unsolved homicides in the city of Cincinnati, but investigators hope that number will drop with the support of a new witness protection program.

It's called CCROW for Cincinnati Citizens Respect Our Witnesses.

The program was spearheaded by Detective Jennifer Mitsch who says the "No Snitch" mentality makes it difficult to prosecute known criminals for the crimes they commit.

With the city's backing, CCROW will offer support and safety for witnesses.

"Some people might need to be relocated. Some people might not want to move, but they want some alarm systems. We have alarm systems we can put in with panic buttons so that they have immediate contact with dispatch," said Mitsch.

Det. Mitsch is hopeful the program will lead to more prosecutions. Victim's family members like Peggy Harris are too.

Harris' son, John Harris, was shot and killed outside of his Northside home in 2007. His killer has never been caught.

"It's not snitching," said Harris. "You know there's a thing in our black community that "don't snitch" stuff, but it's not snitching. You have a moral duty, a moral obligation to speak out. Help these families and get these murderers off our streets."

If you have any information that could help police with unsolved homicides call 513-352-3040.

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