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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2001

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STATEMENT FROM ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL RALPH F. BOYD JR.

REGARDING THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE'S REVIEW
OF THE CINCINNATI POLICE DIVISION


CINCINNATI, OHIO Assistant Attorney General Ralph F. Boyd, Jr. issued the following statement today regarding the Department of Justice's review of the Cincinnati Police Division:

"On May 7th, at the request of Mayor Charles Luken and other Cincinnati leaders, the Department of Justice began a review of the practices, procedures and training methods of the Cincinnati Police Division. The Department's goal in conducting this review has been to work with the city to identify areas in which police practices may be improved. This review is ongoing.

"Although our review is not yet complete, the Department of Justice is committed to providing expert technical assistance on how best to reform Cincinnati's policing practices. Our meeting today with city leaders is part of this process. At today's meeting, the Department identified areas of concern that we believe require further study. These include use of force policies, monitoring and supervision policies and training issues. The Department of Justice is hopeful that the city and the Cincinnati Police will continue to work with us to address these issues. A mutually reached outcome developed in conjunction with the men and women of the Cincinnati Police Division as well as the city and community leaders will yield the most lasting improvements.

"We want to thank the city's leadership and Police Chief Thomas Streicher for the considerable cooperation and assistance they have provided us during this review. The Chief and the city have already taken several steps to improve policing, and we are confident that they will continue to do so.

"We especially want to thank the many men and women of the Police Division who have met with us. We have been impressed with their professionalism and dedication. They, more than any of us, know the policies and practices of the Cincinnati Police. They are men and women of courage and dedication sworn to protect the citizens of Cincinnati. Their assistance and cooperation reflects their interest in improving policing in Cincinnati and building trust among the city's citizens and communities that they serve and protect."

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