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Friday, May 29, 2015

Senator Wil Schroder Addresses Controversial Comment by Cpt. Maris Herold

Sen. Wil Schroder. Provided. 
Captain Maris Herold, of the Cincinnati Police Department, was in the midst of providing a crime update to the neighborhood council's safety committee when she made a controversial comment about moving crime to Kentucky.

“Hopefully, we can push crime into Kentucky. I don’t care if you quote me at this point.”

Among the topics discussed were strategies for combating drug activity, juvenile-involved burglaries and Tuesday's fatal Walnut Hills shooting.

Herold, who was a Dixie Heights graduate, oversees District 4 which includes the neighborhoods of Mount Auburn, Corryville, Walnut Hills, Avondale, North Avondale, Paddock Hills, Bond Hill, Roselawn, Carthage, and Hartwell, according to the police department's website.

State Senator, Wil Schroder,  turned to FortThomasMatters to provide some commentary on the comments and to offer a dialogue to leaders across the river. Schroder's comments:

"I was disturbed, to say the least, reading the comments from Cincinnati police Captain Maris Herold on May 28. Capt. Herold was quoted by the Enquirer as saying, “Hopefully, we can push crime into Kentucky. I don’t care if you quote me at this point.” According to the Enquirer, the quote was a response to the uptick in violent crime in the city of Cincinnati.

As a former prosecutor, I am aware that the main supply of heroin for Northern Kentucky addicts comes from Cincinnati.  So, to be clear, Northern Kentucky does not want, nor does it need any additional crime being imported from across the Ohio River.

Cincinnati is not only Northern Kentucky’s neighbor across a river, but it is our regional economic and cultural partner. We should be working together to eliminate violent crime in both communities, not to simply relocate where a crime takes place.

I have the utmost respect for the men and women who have taken an oath to protect us in law enforcement and understand their job often can be frustrating.  I sincerely hope that Capt. Herold’s comment was made in the heat of that moment and was not a serious suggestion. I would like to make myself available to any member of the Cincinnati Police Department or any official from Cincinnati to discuss our shared problems to begin a healthy conversation on how to help improve the lives of everyone in our region."

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Senator Wil Schroder represents District 24 comprised of Bracken, Campbell, and Pendleton Counties. Sen. Schroder is Chair of the Budget Review Subcommittee on Justice and Judiciary, and is also the Vice Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and is a member of the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee and Senate Economic Development, Tourism, & Labor Committee. Additionally, Senator Schroder serves as Vice Chairman of the Northern Kentucky Caucus. 

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