Cincinnati makes veteran officer new police chief

CINCINNATI (AP) — A veteran Columbus police officer has been sworn in as the new police chief in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney (DUH'-hoh-nee) administered the oath of office to Jeffrey Blackwell on Monday morning. Blackwell succeeds James Craig, who left to become Detroit's chief.

Dohoney says Blackwell has broad police experience and has been commended in Columbus for outreach to young people and immigrant populations, advancing technology use, community-based efforts to reduce crime, and cutting operating costs.

Blackwell has more than two decades of experience as a Columbus police officer. He grew up in an inner-city neighborhood in Columbus and has been an active youth mentor.

He will head a department of about 1,300 employees. Dohoney chose Blackwell after a screening committee narrowed the candidates from 28 to four finalists.

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