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Some Call For Disbanding Of UC Police Force Following Murder Indictment

The University of Cincinnati will hire an outside firm to evaluate its police department. The comments of Chairman of the UC Board Tom Humes come after a suggestion made by Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters that the department be disbanded. 

"I respect what he says, but I think that our police department at the university has been a absolutely key and vital component of our university's safety and security," Humes said. 

At the very least, Cincinnati Council Member Wendell Young says campus police shouldn’t be doing traffic stops any more. He says he thinks the agreement with the city and the university for police patrols near the campus should be reworked.

"My belief is that they should be permitted to patrol the streets near the university, but only to make sure that students, or people who appear to be students, are safe," Young said.  

Young says he does think UC police officers should respond to off-campus crime, but not traffic stops.

Tana Weingartner earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in mass communication from Miami University. Most recently, she served as news and public affairs producer with WMUB-FM. Ms. Weingartner has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including several Best Reporter awards from the Associated Press and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and a regional Murrow Award. She served on the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters Board of Directors from 2007 - 2009.
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