Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig will be leaving Cincinnati to take a job in Detroit, city officials announced on May 14.
Craig’s decision to return to his hometown comes after months of rumors and pressure from elected officials to keep him in Cincinnati.
During Craig’s two-year tenure, Cincinnati has experienced a significant drop in crime, with violent crime dropping by 11 percent and property crime dropping by 18 percent in two years, according to city statistics from April.
At a press conference and in a concurring statement, city officials praised Craig for his attempts to forge better ties between the Cincinnati Police Department and local communities, particularly by establishing the External Advisory Committee, a group of local activists and business leaders that gives advice on the police department’s policies and procedures.
Craig also established the Children in Trauma Intervention (C.I.T.I.) Camp, which the city says helps at-risk youth by helping “build character through discipline, leadership training and physical fitness,” and the Internal Advisory Board, which takes feedback from sworn and civilian members of the police department to address issues within the department.
City Manager Milton Dohoney Jr.
said the city is now undertaking a nationwide search for Craig’s replacement.