Monday, April 7, 2003

DeWine wants to pry open police strategy



Too much secrecy has surrounded the Cincinnati's efforts to begin a program of "community problem-oriented policing," city council members say.

Councilman Pat DeWine, chairman of the Law and Public Safety Committee, has scheduled a public hearing Tuesday at 1 p.m. to sort out what the strategy - known by its acronym CPOP - even means.

The hearing comes a week after a court-appointed monitor chastised the Cincinnati Police Department for resisting the community-oriented policing effort, in which police and residents are supposed to work more closely to fight crime.

Community problem-oriented policing was one of the cornerstones of the so-called "collaborative agreement," which settled a class-action lawsuit over alleged racial profiling by the city.




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