Cincinnati's new police chief, Jeffrey Blackwell, is a 26-year veteran of the Columbus Division of Police, which has 1900 staff members. He has worked in all of the policing sub-divisions in that community. During his tenure, Blackwell has been commended for his outreach to young people, bridge building to a significant immigrant populations (Somalians and Latinos), advancing the use of technology, working with communities to reduce crime, and finding ways to reduce operating costs. Mr. Blackwell has had previous interaction with the Cincinnati Police Department as a subject matter expert on police examinations and assessments; he has also done this for Columbus, San Francisco, Miami, and Cleveland. He is a cultural diversity trainer, a certified instructor in basic training for OPATA, and has served as a mentor to youth. He has received numerous awards and commendations for his public service, and is a member of local, state and national policing organizations.