After seven years in Over-the-Rhine, 32-year-old Police Officer Michael Ammann has seen his share of crack pipes, prostitution rings, robberies and other vice. You’d expect some kind of disillusionment from someone who has witnessed fatal shootings and seen his beat turned inside-out by unrest.
Cincinnati Police Officer Mike Ammann inspects a car at 522 E. 12th St. Photo by Michael E. Keating
But Officer Ammann is proud of Over-the-Rhine.
‘‘The residents of Over-the-Rhine are very friendly and they want to talk to police,’’ he says at a bustling District 1 headquarters.
He believes most of the crime comes from outside the neighborhood.
‘‘While on the bike, someone will get your ear and tell you, ‘Hey, these guys that don’t live here are hanging out on that corner every day. We think they’re dealing drugs,’ ’’ he says.
Interacting with Over-the-Rhine residents has led to a lot of arrests for Officer Ammann. He attends meetings for Over-the-Rhine Community Council, the Mulberry Street Block Watch and the OTR Safety Committee. They share information about trouble spots.
That’s why he is so optimistic about the increasing walking patrols in the neighborhood. Talking to residents is extremely effective in preventing crime.
‘‘I don’t think the area has changed that much since the riots, I just think the media is covering it a lot more,’’ he says. ‘‘But the goal is, with the warmer months coming, to get more police out there walking the streets. It encourages community policing on both parts, our part and the community’s.’’
— Jason Nebel
Faces of Over-the-Rhine
Restaurant owner Paul Sebring
Taft senior Darrel Shields
Social worker Angela Coleman
Sarah Center director Sister Jeanette Buehler
Jordanian grocer Taraq T.A. Adwani
Filmmaker Steve Gebhardt
Gallery owner Suzanna Terril
Beauty shop supplier Chong Kim
Teacher's aide Kemberley Alexander
Waitress Karla Davis
Teacher Sharon Brooks
Dock worker Leo Sneed
Police officer Michael Ammann
Soup kitchen manager Denise McPherson
Artist Joseph M. Winterhalter
Janitor Latrell Walker
Fund-raiser Torren "T.J." Partridge
School social worker Joe Wilmers
Rehabber Greg Badger
Medical student John Eckman
Treatment counselor Calvin W. Wooten
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