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Employee of Toyota in Blue Ash went to the dogs Monday. Or rather, the dogs came to them.
Cincinnati police stopped by to give a demonstration of their K-9 Squad.
Toyota has donated a dog to their squad.
Employees got to watch as the dogs strutted their stuff, finding explosives, drugs and taking down the bad guys.
The police have recently expanded the number of drug sniffing dogs from two to seven.
“They’ve been very very active on the street,” says Sgt. Dan Hils K-9 Squad Supervisor.
“Lots and lots of dope finds, but what’s really interesting to me along with the dope- we keep recovering guns and getting guns off the street. You can’t imagine what a good thing, feeling that is for the officers who have to be out on the street to get less and less chance of us encountering one of those guns.”
CPD uses several Toyota SUV Hybrids as K-9 vehicles.
The hardware store was empty at mid-day, when it should have been busy. That caught the attention of police.
Cincinnati Police Sergeant Michelle Bradley quietly pulled her service revolver from its holster, and with her partner beside her, slipped into the business.
“Anybody in here?,” she asks – then listens intently to the silence that follows.
Quietly, they followed a line of shelves to the point where they make a sharp left turn.
At the end of a row is a closed door. Nobody is in sight.
Without warning the door springs open. A man appears. Both arms are raised at the officers. A gun is pointed right at them.
Fearing for their lives, both officers instinctively call on their training. Shots ring out. The suspect falls to the ground.
It wasn’t a scene from the streets of Cincinnati. It was the firearms training simulator where the hardware store interior was displayed on a wall by computer projection.
It was refresher training for Sgt. Bradley, plus dozens of other officers, sergeants and supervisors at the Cincinnati Police Training Academy.
They’re taking courses in use of force, tasers and how to use a new computer system to fill out accident reports.
These are the men and women who are being pulled from special assignments to fill the street patrol jobs of 135 Cincinnati police officers who will be laid off Sunday to balance the city’s budget.
Sgt. Bradley has been on the force for seven years and had worked her way into the Planning Section.
Now, she’s being demoted to Police Officer and assigned to District 5. Her pay is being cut 16%.
“In one sense it’s disappointing to be demoted, but at the same time, I’m going to get to do some of the things that I really enjoyed doing when I was first on the department,” she said.
As the firearms simulator training continued, Sgt. Bradley and her partner searched the rest of the hardware store.
Suddenly, a man’s arms appeared at one side of a doorway.
“Get your hands up! Get your hands up!,” Sgt. Bradley orders. “Get your hands up where we can see them!”
The simulation turned more real when another police officer, playing the man in the store, came through a doorway of the academy building.
“Keep your hands where we can see them at all times,” continued Sgt. Bradley, as she sized up the suspect.
Things got more intense when Sgt. Bradley noticed a gun in the man’s waistband.
“Turn around away from us,” she commanded, and the suspect complied.
He claimed he had a permit to carry the gun. That would be sorted out later. He was handcuffed and detained pending the outcome of the investigation.
“Outstanding! You both did a marvelous job,” the training instructor called out to the officers.
The refresher course isn’t a big adjustment for her, since she’s only been off the streets for a year-and-a-half. Still, she’s concerned about morale on the force.
“It’s very low,” she added. “Everybody’s disappointed in what’s going on.”
However, she added that the public will notice very few changes in their safety.
“We swore to be police officers to do our jobs and that’s what we’ll do,” Sgt. Bradley added.
She’s one of 25 sergeants being demoted to fill spots in the police department’s five districts.
On the academy’s second floor, Sgt. Dan Nickum stood in the doorway of a darkened room filled with computers on work stations. An instructor was at the front of the room going over details of how to fill out traffic accident investigation forms.
“The two spots most people have trouble with are the functional versus non-functional areas,” he told the class.
Sgt. Nickum has been with the Vice Squad the past 10 years. However, he’s moving into a supervisory position in District 3, effective Sunday. Many of the officers he worked with are going back to street duty as well.
“Are they happy that we’re losing policemen?,” he asked. “No. Nobody is happy that we’re losing policemen. Although, it will get better.”
He equated police work with riding a bicycle.
“You don’t forget,” he stated. “You may be a little rusty, but it takes just a little bit of time to jump back in.”
Despite concerns about morale, the retraining and changing jobs, Sgt. Nickum says he’s excited about what is to come.
“It’s a challenge, but not something that myself or any of the officers going back in uniform can’t handle,” he confidently stated. “We can take care of this.”
Even though there are rumblings of a Cincinnati City Council plan to avoid the layoffs, Police Chief Tom Streicher says the department has to manage the crisis.
“We’ve got to be concerned with those things that we can control and the things we can’t control we just have to accept,” the Chief said. “Our goal is to have on impact on the safety of citizens.”
A good samaritan is credited with helping catch a wanted man who allegedly attacked a Cincinnati Police Officer.
Local 12 Reporter Jeff Hirsh found a quick-acting motorist came to the aid of the officer.
Cincinnati Motorcycle Officer Al Gober was heading to the hospital to check the scrapes he got in a scrape with a man who, police say, attacked the officer on a downtown street … 35 year-old Timothy Waddell.
Police say Officer Gober stopped Waddel’s car on Court Street for not having a license plate …the proverbial routine traffic stop.
Sgt Danita Kilgore, Cincinnati Police: “The driver of the vehicle immediately steps out of the vehicle and assaults the officer by putting him in a choke hold. The officer and the gentleman struggled for a few moments. The gentleman then ran away from the traffic stop.”
But the suspect … wanted on a parole violation from an aggravated burglary, did not get away. Police say a citizen who happened to be driving by, saw what was going on, got out of his car and chased the suspect about a half a block, tackling him. The police officer then came over and tazed the suspect, and the citizen then helped the officer subdue the guy, so they could put on the cuffs.
Police usually advise citizens not to jump in … but:
“Obviously, if it’s a situation though where it’s life or death, or the officer really does need assistance, we appreciate it.”
As, no doubt, does the officer.
No one was seriously hurt. Police have not yet released the name of the samaritan…. we can only tell you that he is from Crosby Township.