December 03, 2013
Meet and greet Cincinnati's new police chief
This September, Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney hired a new police chief, Jeffrey Blackwell, to lead our city's public safety efforts. Chief Blackwell came to us from the Columbus Police Department and replaced former chief James Craig. In his short tenure so far, he has dedicated himself to continuing Craig's efforts to increase safety in all 52 of our neighborhoods.
In an October report by WCPO, Blackwell discussed what he calls Cincinnati's "no-snitch" mentality that runs rampant, especially among minors: "We need to hold ourselves accountable...My saying against the no-snitch mentality is, 'you bet I told,' because we need to get people in areas throughout Cincinnati to stand up and stop being afraid to talk about what's going on."
While Cincinnati is experience an increase in violent crime, Chief Blackwell says he is fully committed to stopping it, mainly by focusing on youth outreach and engaging residents in high-crime neighborhoods. WCPO's Suzanne Murray reports, "[h]e is focusing his efforts on building better relationships with local children. Blackwell believes the only way to do that is by getting them to trust him and the other members of the department. He wants the children to view members of CPD as their friend."
Though Chief Blackwell has been active on duty for two months, many have not yet gotten to meet and speak with him. As we wrap up 2013 and prepare for the new year, the Chamber would like to offer members a Coffee & Conversation event on December 12 to meet Chief Blackwell and discuss issues that may be important to your business.
Chief Blackwell will be at the Chamber offices on Thursday, December 12, from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Register today to join the conversation over a light breakfast. Space is limited to the first 50 registrants.
Can't make the event? Don't forget to follow our new chief on Twitter or Facebook! Thanks to some help from Fox 19, Chief Blackwell has recently begun communicating with citizens over social media. He told their digital staff, "[m]y relationship with the community of Cincinnati needs to be transparent and needs to be genuine, and it is. So I think this will give the people of Cincinnati the opportunity to connect with me on a daily basis."