- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

CINCINNATI (AP) - Concerns over morale and internal communication prompted Cincinnati’s city manager to ask Tuesday for a top-to-bottom review of the city police department.

City Manager Harry Black released a memo outlining the review a day after he requested a 90-day plan from the department to deal with a growing violence problem.

As of May 24, Cincinnati had seen 162 people injured by gunfire on the year. That figure is the worst in ten years, according to a report released to the City Council’s Law and Public Safety committee.

Cincinnati’s Fraternal Order of Police President Kathy Harrell said morale is down in the police department, citing low street strength, lack of hiring and few pay raises.

Blackwell said he was willing to make changes.

“A big department has a lot of things that we have to do, but we need to suspend some of those things for the good of the order, and certainly this spike in violence is going to be No. 1 priority,” Blackwell said.

Mayor John Cranley told The Cincinnati Enquirer Tuesday that he is committed to working with the police department to take control of the shootings but there are communication issues that must and can be dealt with.

Black said he expects the review to be a collaborative process with the department’s leadership and will only aid law enforcement efforts.

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