Saturday, October 05, 2002

Police grant to build trust

By Robert Anglen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Cincinnati Police Department is sharing in a $7.6 million federal grant geared to build trust between police officers and residents.

        The $125,000 award -the maximum given to any agency - comes when the city is implementing sweeping reforms to the police department as part of a landmark settlement with the Department of Justice and another with a group of African-American activists who accused police of racial profiling.

        “We got everything we asked for, plus some,” said Cincinnati Police spokesman Lt. Kurt Byrd. “There are three things we applied for. ... These things will help us in achieving the goals of the (lawsuit settlement) and the Department of Justice Agreement.”

        To receive the grants, the department had to design a strategy that will help improve integrity within the department.

        In Cincinnati, $77,100 will pay for a local recruiting effort. That includes buying a recruiting van, a media campaign, multiple tests and mobile displays at high schools, colleges, universities and job fairs.

        Another $43,000 will be used for minority outreach to give neighborhood youths an opportunity to participate in organized sporting programs.

        The remaining $4,900 will go to train command staff in character-building, ethics and integrity.


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