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Ohio Dem Leader: Cincinnati Council Should Focus On Crime

Keith Lanser

The chairman of Ohio's Democratic Party is calling on current Cincinnati council members to focus on a solution for the city's recent crime spike.

Chairman and former city councilman David Pepper tells The Cincinnati Enquirer the increase in crime is a crisis. He says Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, who's running for U.S. Senate, should put in the time to make a difference in the community.

Sittenfeld has served three years as a councilman and is running for Senate against the Ohio Democratic Party's wishes. He says he's focused on public safety and plans to attend an upcoming neighborhood block watch.

City Council hopes to add 15 officers to the next police recruit class and has invested $2 million into improving cruiser technology.