Category Archives: Police-citizen engagement

News about CCR’s work to bring more people into a public safety partnership with Cincinnati police.

Citizens define community policing strategies

The CCR annual meeting was designed to inform Cheif Craig’s community policing efforts by having small groups of citizens and police officer answer the following question:  How can citizens partner with CPD to co-create public safety?  Here is what 65 people and eight officers came up with…

  • Police should use:
    • Smaller neighborhood units (block-level rather than just district-level);
    • Informal networks (not just community councils and presidents of civic organizations);
    • Fun and social interactions (not just formal strategy sessions);
    • Increased walking patrols
    • Continuity with neighborhood officers, including the mentoring of younger officers in community relationship building.
  • Citizens need to:
    • Mobilize themselves in smaller units through informal networks and social interaction;
    • Better know their neighbors;
    • Take care of their own “door-step”;
    • Reach out to the police to:
      • Mentor new officers and teach them the neighborhood;
      • Learn about policing practices;
      • Engage different people in different ways (especially young people, renters).

This information was forwarded to Chief Craig and his community policing team.  CCR will continue to work with CPD to maximize the effectiveness of community policing, which can only be achieved if citizens have a voice in defining its structure and implementation.    If you are interested in helping with CCR’s effort to bring deeper citizen engagement to CPD, please email CCR’s director Jeffrey Stec at jeffreystec@gmail.com.

 

CCR helps build relationship between cab drivers, police

CCR has been working with Cincinnati police on community engagement efforts.  In addition to advising Chief Craig (along with other civic leaders) on the formation of a Citizens-Police Advisory Board, CCR facilitated a forum for cab drivers to discuss their concerns and build a more productive relationship with the Cincinnati police.

 

For example, the ordinance change that allows people to hail and exit cabs outside of cab stands has created tension between police and cab drivers over the interpretation of the “without blocking traffic” requirement.  CCR’s facilitation created a positive atmosphere even while cab drivers aired their frustrations.  In the end, cab drivers felt heard, police began building a new relationship with cab drivers, and the big issues were identified for further discussion.  CCR will continue to work with police on issues that can benefit from increased public participation.