Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell
After an extensive national search, Jeffery Blackwell was selected as the fourteenth Police Chief of the Cincinnati Police Department, having taken the oath of office on September 30, 2013. He is only the second external hire for police chief in the agency’s history. During his first six months in Cincinnati he has focused on forging new relationships with federal, state, and local organizations as well implementing new initiatives to fight crime and improve the quality of life for all Cincinnatians. He has worked to maximize existing relationships while forging new ones throughout marginalized areas of the city. Some of these efforts include; developing a new full-time gang unit, reconstituting the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV), which is a nationally recognized “focused deterrence model”, as well as initiating a lateral entry recruit class and a 60-member recruit class due to start late summer 2014—these are the first classes since 2005.
Chief Blackwell was instrumental in holding an inaugural series of Town Hall Meetings in each of the five police districts to hear from citizens and to provide district-wide policing updates. The meetings were extremely successful with more than eight hundred citizens attending the first four meetings.
As Police Chief he has worked diligently to achieve efficiencies by looking for innovations and technical advancements such as online police reporting, enhanced cruisers, body cameras, and standup electric vehicles which enable the department to work smarter, not harder. He has also worked to assist current personnel by keeping 10-hour work days, fighting for additional officers, approving police overtime in critical hotspot areas, initiating a lateral transfer class of new officers to increase sworn strength, and utilizing civilian staff to cut costs. He has also maximized $1 million in savings for additional staff to support safety and quality of life initiatives for the City of Cincinnati.
Also through his leadership, the Cincinnati Police Department has implemented a robust youth engagement platform with a plethora of holistic engagement activities. Blackwell has placed a great amount of focus on the youth of Cincinnati to build relationships and trust and improve connectivity to further reduce crime. He has worked to meet people, both young and old alike, where they are and maintain programs that make a difference.
Before joining the Cincinnati Police Department as Chief Blackwell served with distinction as a 26-year veteran of the Columbus Police Department. While at the Columbus Police Department, Chief Blackwell worked his way up the department, earning the top score on every promotional exam he has taken. He has worked in patrol, traffic, street crime enforcement and cold-case homicide as an officer. Then, after promotion to Sergeant, he also worked in internal affairs, as a burglary detective, and then as a tactical leader in the narcotics area. From 2002 to 2005, he served as a Lieutenant in Patrol, Administration and Traffic, where he developed the traffic management program called “Quick-Clear”, a protocol for expeditiously removing accidents and obstructions in the streets.
Blackwell graduated from the Certified Law Enforcement Executive (CLEE) program in 2011, is a 2008 graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College, attended the Southern Police Institute-Internal Affairs School, graduated from the Columbus Police Academy (OPATA certified), and holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Mt. Vernon Nazarene University.