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Chief Craig Announces Resignation From CPD

Chief Craig Announces Resignation From CPD

Today James E. Craig announced his resignation as Chief of the Cincinnati Police Department (CPD). Craig is returning to his hometown of Detroit, Michigan, where he also has family.

Craig began his tenure with the City of Cincinnati in July 2011, and has had a series of successes during that time. He has continued the principles of the Collaborative Agreement and the Memorandum of Agreement, involving community groups and reaching out to establish new ties with neighborhoods.  He believes in intelligence-led policing and has used the data-driven STARS approach to track crime and disorder in develop strategies to combat crime. The crime rate is the lowest in the City since 2000.

He has a track record of engaging with youth, in particular, to forge positive relationships with officers. He began Children In Trauma Intervention (C.I.T.I.) Camp for at-risk grade school youth, which aims to build character through discipline, leadership training and physical fitness. The first C.I.T.I. Camp was at Rothenberg School in Over the Rhine; the second was at South Avondale School and beginning in October of this year, the third will be at Rockdale School.

Additionally, Chief Craig revived the Explorers Program, which is a program through Boys Scouts of America. This program gives young adults the opportunity to explore a career in law enforcement by working and training with members of the Cincinnati Police Department.

The Chief developed an External Advisory Committee made up of active local community members and business leaders. The Board was comprised to discuss policies and procedure and how they affect the greater community. Additionally, Chief Craig developed an Internal Advisory Board, made up of both sworn and civilian members of the Department, to address departmental issues within the CPD and to promote open dialogue to increase effective practices and procedures.

"I thank Chief Craig for his leadership and service," said City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. "I am confident in the professionalism of the men and women of the department to continue offering the community the best service possible and to forge ongoing positive relationships with our neighborhoods."

Chief Craig will continue to work in Cincinnati for about a month to wrap up matters and work through the budget transitions. His resignation will be effective June 22, 2013.

Dohoney will appoint Executive Assistant Chief Paul Humphries as Interim Chief upon Chief Craig’s departure. He will work with the other two Assistant Chiefs, Jim Whalen and Dave Bailey, to provide leadership for the department.

A national search will be initiated to select the best candidate to lead the CPD in its next stage of development.