Public Safety

May 2, 2017

Safety & Reform Community Advisory Council


Welcome and Administrative Matters

Judge John A. West, Chairman and Dr. Robin S. Engel, VP for Safety & Reform

Welcome Bashir Emlemdi
Structure Committee
OCJS Grant Proposal
DAAP Fashion Show

Exiger: Update on UCPD Compliance

Jeff Schlanger, Exiger; Roberto Villasenor, Exiger and Denise Lewis, Exiger

Preparations for Tensing Retrial

S. Gregory Baker, Director, Police Community Relations, UCPD; Dr. Engel

Community Engagement Presentations
UC Forum: Jury Selection Process – College of Law, May 11, 2017 @ 4:00 p.m.

Next Meetings

  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM in 320 University Pavilion - (1 week advance notice)
  • Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM in 320 University Pavilion



CAC Members

  • Judge John West, Chair
  • Eric Abercrumbie
  • Doug Barge
  • Bashir Emlemdi
  • Bobby Hilton
  • Jack Martin
  • Charlene Ventura

UC Administration

  • Gregory Baker
  • Anthony Carter
  • Robin Engel
  • James Whalen

CAC Members Not in Attendance

  • Marcus Bethay
  • Mike Ealy
  • Peg Fox
  • Aaron Greenlea
  • Chara Fisher Jackson
  • Dolores Learmonth
  • Mel Otten
  • KZ Smith
  • Ennis Tait
  • Terri Theetge
This table lists topics discussed at the meeting that need further action taken, the name of the person responsible for completing the action and the date that the action needs to be completed.
Action Items Responsible Person(s) Due Date
Post minutes of 5/2/17 meeting to website Engel/Morris 6/27/17

Welcome and Administrative Matters

Judge John West, Chairman

Introduction of new member, Bashir Emlemdi, the newly elected Student Body President.

Thanked CAC members for adjusting their schedules to meet with Exiger, the external monitor.

CAC Structure Committee will meet in the next thirty days.

Discuss OCJS Grant

Dr. Robin S. Engel, VP for Safety & Reform; S. Gregory Baker, Director of Police Community Relations, UCPD

The Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) are working with new standards for police departments to accomplish.

OCJS has grant solicitation offering up to $40,000 for police/community outreach activities. This could be used for several of our projects (e.g., Peace Bowl, Community Breakfasts, etc.).

UCPD has already been awarded several certificates from OCJS and currently meets requirements of the standards of the OCJS to apply for the grant.

One requirement of the grant is that a Collaboration Board be established, and that every member sign a letter of support.  The CAC would serve as our Collaboration Board. Each CAC Member would need to send a letter in support of the grant application.

CAC Members agreed to participate.  The writing and collection of letters will be coordinated by Gabby Isaza. 

DAAP Fashion Show

Dr. Engel

DAAP put on the 66th Annual Fashion Show on April 28, which included the UCPD.

UCPD partnered with DAAP faculty and students to create new uniform designs.  

Fashion design students conducted ride-alongs with UCPD Officers to allow students to see firsthand the need for functionality and comfort of uniforms, and better understand the duties of UCPD Officers.

Police Chief Magazine Article

Dr. Engel

The Police Chief Magazine, published by International Association of Chiefs of Police, is distributed to over 28,000 members each month.

In this month’s edition, two articles appeared that were written by UC Public Safety administrators. One article about problem solving was co-written by Assistant Chief of Police, Maris Herold, and a second article on research and police use of force was written by Dr. Robin Engel.

The articles are a form of positive publicity for UCPD and the reform efforts.

Exiger Monitoring Update

Jeff Schlanger, Exiger; Roberto Villasenor, Exiger and Denise Lewis, Exiger

Discussed Q1 Reporting. The Exiger team will meet with the Board of Trustees (BoT), Audit & Risk Management Committee on May 3, 2017.

Discussion about Exiger’s role as an independent auditor that will report to both the CAC and the UC BoT.

Exiger will be onsite, quarterly, for next three years for voluntary monitorship.

Discussed importance of improving the UCPD brand, which will assist in attracting ideal officers to UCPD.

Exiger team noted that one important recommendation for UCPD was to better utilize university resources. They congratulated UCPD on one successful application – its partnership with DAAP on the police uniform project and fashion show.

All 276 recommendations have been adopted and will be implemented.

The UCPD submitted 54 recommendations for review in Q1.

The Exiger team found the UCPD to be in compliance of 52 out of 54 recommendations.

Two recommendations were held for determination during a later reporting period.

Exiger team discussed adding several columns to their quarterly report for greater description of compliance.

Budget constraints may cause a delay in the implementation of some of the recommendations.

Budget hearings are currently underway for the university. Cannot guarantee what amount the UCPD will receive, but they did fully fund all requests for the prior fiscal year. All units have been asked to reduce spending by 1.9% this year.

Preparation for Tensing Trial

Dr. Engel; Director Baker

Discussed Community Engagement endeavors

  • Meetings with the USA Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, Black Journalist Association, Source Cincinnati, Corryville Community Counsel, BLAC, MAARC, etc. Hoping to meet with CUF to share reform efforts.
  • Events on campus included “Police and Popsicles” where officers distributed over 200 popsicles to students willing to participate and engage in activities.
  • Working to reestablish a positive relationship and establish trust within the student population.

Discussed upcoming Elements of a Trial on May 11 at the College of Law.

  • Audience will participate in a mock jury selection, including completing a mock questionnaire. Two attorneys will be present and a judge will preside. Audience will witness the entire jury selection process and see if they make the cut.
  • Members suggested reaching out directly to professors to encourage them to bring their classrooms to this event.
Future Meeting
  • Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM in 320 University Pavilion