Public Safety

Update on Officer-Involved Shooting

Subject: UC AWARE

Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 5:49:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time

From: Public Safety (publicsafety)

RE: Update on Officer-Involved Shooting

TO: UC Students, Faculty and Staff

FROM: President Santa J. Ono

As you know from earlier announcements, on Sunday, July 19, there was traffic stop by a University of Cincinnati police officer that resulted in the loss of the life of Samuel Dubose. Our hearts go out to Mr. Dubose’s mother, family and loved ones. We mourn with them relative to this heartbreaking loss of life.

This morning, I met with Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley to discuss how we can best work together to move the city and the university communities forward following this officer-involved shooting. Here is an update on the outcomes we expect from our conversation:

  • I have indicated to the mayor that UC is open to discussing participation in the Cincinnati Collaborative Agreement. In that manner, we can enhance transparency as it relates to our relationship with the CincinnaP Police Department and our overall operations.
  • UC will be reviewing the training of our police officers and making sure that we are applying best practices in everything that we do. It is important to point out that all UC police officers receive the same state-required training as other municipal law enforcement officers.
  • Because UC is committed to a safe community, UC Police Chief Jason Goodrich and I will meet on July 27 with the City of Cincinnati Manager’s Advisory Group. Chief Goodrich and I have also decided to create a community advisory group to work directly with the UC Police Department.

Mayor Cranley and I will be meeting with Dubose family members to offer our condolences in person. I also extended our sympathy in a statement that was released yesterday. (See

In the meantime, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters is invesgating the officer-involved shooting and will release the findings at his discretion.