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Monday, May 18, 2015

Attorney General Lynch Launches National Community Policing Tour in Cincinnati



Justice Department Announces $163 Million in Grant Opportunities to Advance 21st Century Policing Recommendations

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch will travel to Cincinnati TOMORROW, TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2015, as part of a national Community Policing Tour that will highlight collaborative programs and innovative policing practices designed to advance public safety, strengthen police-community relations and foster mutual trust and respect.  The Attorney General will be joined by U.S. Attorney Carter M. Stewart of the Southern District of Ohio, Director Ron Davis of the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office, Mayor John Cranley of Cincinnati, and Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell for a convening with city officials, law enforcement, local leaders, young people and other members of the community at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

While in Cincinnati, the Attorney General will also visit the Right to Read Program at Chase Elementary School where Cincinnati police officers work with University of Cincinnati students to tutor and mentor children.  Later in the day, the Attorney General will visit with the Cincinnati Police Department where she will have an opportunity to thank officers for their hard work and speak to officers that were hired with COPS Office hiring grants.

The Community Policing Tour will build on President Obama’s commitment [external link] to engage with law enforcement and other members of the community to implement key recommendations from the 21st Century Policing Task Force report.  To help with that effort, the Justice Department through its COPS Office announced five separate grant funding opportunities of up to $163 million for law enforcement agencies to help implement the recommendation made by the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

Additional cities on the tour will be announced at the convening on community policing in Cincinnati.

ATTORNEY GENERAL TOURS CHASE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WITH STUDENTS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT:

WHO:           

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch

Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell

WHEN:        

TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2015

11:00 a.m. EDT

WHERE:     

Chase Elementary School

4154 Turrill Street

Cincinnati, OH 45223

OPEN PRESS

(Media Gather Time: 10:00-10:20 a.m. EDT; main entrance)                                                                                                                                       

ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDS COMMUNITY POLICING CONVENING AT NATIONAL UNDERGROUND RAILROAD FREEDOM CENTER:

WHO:           

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch

U.S. Attorney Carter M. Stewart for the South District of Ohio

Director Ron Davis of the COPS Office

Mayor John Cranley of Cincinnati

Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell

WHEN:        

TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2015

2:00 p.m. EDT

WHERE:     

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

50 East Freedom Way

Cincinnati, OH 45202

OPEN PRESS

(Media Gather Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT; check-in location in lobby)

NOTE:  All media must present government-issued photo I.D. (such as a driver’s license) as well as valid media credentials.  Members of the media must RSVP to press@usdoj.gov
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by Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. EDT.  Cameras planning to cover the event should arrive an hour prior to the start time.  Space is limited and not guaranteed.  Press inquiries regarding logistics should be directed to Kevin Lewis at kevin.s.lewis@usdoj.gov
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and Sabrina Curtis at Sabrina.curtis@usdoj.gov
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