She said the billboards will be up for at least 30 days and she’s confident they will nudge people that might have knowledge to contact police with information about her brother’s case.
“I believe that the police have been working hard on the case and we’ve seen other cases solved when people have stepped forward with information,” she said.
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Hamilton police Sgt. Brian Robinson said a community and its police force working together will get more crimes solved.
“‘See something, say something’” is an ideology that we have been attempting to instill into the Hamilton community,” Robinson said. “Solving crimes needs to be viewed as a partnership between the community and the Hamilton Police Department. Both sides have more ‘wins’ when we put forth a collaborative effort.”
He added that the police department has highlighted numerous examples on its Facebook page of positive outcomes for the community when “observant citizens get involved,” and share information with law enforcement.
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“Look at the justice that was brought about when people finally began to assist with information on the Doubles shooting,” Robinson said. “Look how quickly we caught the suspects involved in the double homicide drive-by on Central Avenue because people present in the immediate vicinity were willing to get involved and immediately relayed information to the police.”
Not getting involved and not helping bring perpetrators to justice is the coward’s way out, Robinson said, adding, “protecting the perpetrators is despicable and one day they will have to reckon with that heinous decision.”
“We need more steadfast leaders like Pastor Shaq to reach deep into their communities and help encourage this ideology,” Robinson said. “People are disrespecting their neighborhoods, the victims, friends and families if they have information that could help solve a crime like this yet decide to withhold it.”
Anyone with information about Simmons’ death should call 513-868-5811, ext 2002.