Push Cincinnati Crime into Kentucky? Police Captain's Remarks Criticized
UPDATE (5:20 P.M.): From the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation & walnut hills area council regarding Cincinnati Enquirer reporting comments made by Cincinnati Police Department captain about "pushing crime to Kentucky":
"Today, the Cincinnati Enquirer published an article about a comment that was made last night at a meeting of the Walnut Hills Safety Committee. The purpose of this committee is to take a proactive and collaborative approach to community policing in our neighborhood.
In light of recent events, the first half of the meeting was dedicated to an open dialogue between CPD and community members. Instead of writing about the upswell of interest of the residents in working side by side, neighbor to neighbor with the police officers to solve the problems of crime in our community, the Enquirer chose to sensationalize and divide. Instead of writing about all of the hands raised into the air to indicate interest in joining Citizen’s on Patrol, they chose to focus on a quick and innocuous comment. Captain Maris’ parting comments were that our best defense against crime in our neighborhood was for us to unite against it. She is just the person to help move us towards that goal.
Walnut Hills is privileged as a community to have a strong relationship with our neighborhood and district officers. If community policing strategies are going to be effective, we believe that both police and neighborhood residents must be able to have a forum where they can engage in honest and transparent exchange about how we all work together to improve the safety of our community.
One of the topics that was discussed in the meeting was the emerging mobile drug market, which often include cars with Kentucky Plates. Captain Herold’s comment was a light-hearted comment in regards to this very specific situation. Neither the Walnut Hills community nor CPD have any interest in pushing crime somewhere else. We believe it was clear to everyone that the meeting was about solving problems, not moving them.
Everyone except the representative from the Enquirer.
We are disappointed and disheartened that the Enquirer attended a meeting about unity, cooperation and partnership and chose to run an article intended to divide, create disharmony and stall productive conversations.
Captain Herold has been an incredible partner, resource and asset for our community. She is approachable, responsive and tireless in her dedication to her district and her job, and puts in long hours in order to support the community, as does the entire Cincinnati Police Department."
UPDATE (2:29 P.M.): The Cincinnati Police Department released this information via its Facebook page:
For those who saw this article posted in the Cincinnati Enquirer today, the article inaccurately captured the comments of Cincinnati Police Captain Maris Herold. The article does not include the context with which the comment was made nor does it include that the topic of discussion at the time was dealing with drivers with Kentucky license plates purchasing drugs and littering our neighborhoods here in Cincinnati. Her comments were that we would continue working with our Kentucky partners and those drivers with KY plates who come into our communities to purchase drugs.
The way the article reads makes it seem that she meant this with the current uptick in shootings, not that crime here in Cincinnati should be sent or pushed to Northern Kentucky which is absolutely not the case. This is not the case.
Captain Herold and Walnut Hills Community members will clarify the meeting and her statement in an official statement to the media.
It is not my intention to push crime to Kentucky," Herold told the Enquirer in an updated story after an afternoon news conference.
Remarks by a Cincinnati Police captain have caused a controversy on both sides of the river.
During a meeting of the Walnut Hills Area Council this week, Captain Maris Herold said, as reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer, "Hopefully, we can push the crime into Kentucky. I don't care if you quote me at this point."
Cincinnati has seen a recent uptick in violent crimes. Herold is the captain in District 4 which includes the neighborhoods of Mount Auburn, Corryville, Walnut Hills, Avondale, North Avondale, Paddock Hills, Bond Hill, Roselawn, Carthage, and Hartwell, according to the police department's website.
The comment triggered a Twitter reaction from Ft. Wright Mayor Dave Hatter:
That got a response on Twitter from Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley:
While there has been no official statement from other Northern Kentucky officials, some have spoken about it on Facebook.
This story will be updated when more information is known.