Police shooting prompts new safety VP at UC

Published: Aug. 4, 2015 at 2:57 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2015 at 10:51 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The University of Cincinnati has created a position to head a top-to-bottom review of the UC Police department, President Santa Ono announced on Tuesday.

Robin Engel is the new Vice President for Safety and Reform. Engel works as a criminal justice researcher, professor and director of UC's Institute of Crime Science.

In her new role, Engel will seek out and coordinate an external review of the department following the fatal shooting by campus officer Ray Tensing last month.

"I am fully committed to making any needed changes to our UC Police Department. We will leave no stone unturned and wherever the facts take us, we will make changes as warranted," said President Ono. "We want to create a university police department that is a model for the nation, and Robin Engel is the best person to lead us forward in this effort."

The university says Engel is an expert in data-driven assessment and policy reform.

She will also work with Kroll Inc, the company conducting an internal review of all aspects related to the shooting that led to the death of Samuel DuBose.

Engel has worked alongside those involved in the Cincinnati Collaborative Agreement since 2005, according to a release from the university. She also helped develop the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence. She has nearly 20 years experience working with municipal, state and international law enforcement agencies.

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