Yesterday was a great day for CAFA thanks to the members that came out for fellowship and to do some community service and help those that are less fortunate. We reunited with the sisters of SGR on our annual turkey drive and they came deep and did an awesome job! Not only did we package up the meals but we also went out to hand-deliver the meals to some families and to various churches food pantries. Thanks for being involved personally in the community!

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Will West, CAFA President

Media Release

Press Release:

Date:11/08/2019

Time:0800 hrs

For more information contact:

Will West, 513-731-1365, cafafire1980@gmail.com

Public Safety Academy (PSA): The time for action is now!

(Cincinnati, Ohio) – Congratulations to the winners of the Cincinnati Public School (CPS) Board Elections (Eve Bolton, Carolyn Jones, Ben Lindy, and Pamela Bowers). They unanimously stated a commitment to support CAFA’s PSA agenda. We fully expect them to honor their commitment to establishing the PSA.The creation of the PSA is vital to the development of future career opportunities for CPS students, and the diversity of the city’s police and fire departments. The next step is to re-establish the 2018 working group, which may include other stakeholders.We look forward to working together to bring the promise of the PSA to life.

William E. West III

CAFA President

Being Involved Personally”

supportthepsa.org

CAFA Press Release

MEDIA RELEASE

For Release:

Date:10/23/19

Time: 0800 hrs

For more information contact:

Will West, 513-731-1365, cafafire1980@gmail.com

CAFA Seeks Action and Condemns Attempts to Mislead

(Cincinnati, Ohio) – The Cincinnati African-American Firefighter Association (CAFA) strongly condemn Steven J. Megerle, candidate for the Cincinnati Public School (CPS) Board, for his false claim that we supported or endorsed him as a candidate for the CPS Board.  The use of our copyrighted logo on his web site and Facebook page is a diabolical attempt to use race to sow confusion in the 2019 CPS Board Elections.  This malicious attempt to use CAFA to interfere in the 2019 elections will not be tolerated.  We demand that candidate Megerle immediately remove from any of his campaign media platforms CAFA’s copyrighted logo, also cease and desist any statements about our endorsements or support.  What CAFA seeks is ACTION!

A questionnaire (http://supportthepsa.org/) was created to determine the candidates’ support for the Public Safety Academy (PSA), and to restart a process that is stagnant.  In 2018, 80,000 Cincinnatians overwhelming voted to award points to students who graduate from the PSA.  Creation of the PSA is vital to the development of career opportunities for CPS students, and the diversity of the city’s police and fire departments.

Let’s work together to bring the promise of the PSA to life.

Will West, CAFA President

Being Involved Personally”

CPS Board Candidates Questionnaire Background Statement

Background

The Cincinnati African American Firefighters Association (CAFA) has worked for nearly three years to create a fire academy. CAFA learned that Western Hills University High School (WHUHS) already established a Law and Public Safety Career Pathway with an EMT training program. CAFA sought out Cincinnati Public Schools’ (CPS) as a partner to add a fire academy within the framework of that career pathway. Facing significant minority attrition within the Cincinnati Fire Department (CFD) CAFA believed that partnering with CPS to create a fire academy would benefit both CPS’ students and the CFD in its effort to recruit diverse talent. CAFA started working with then WHUHS principal Kenneth Jump, who already had a stated goal of expanding the Law and Public Safety Career Pathway to include courses in firefighting and law enforcement. CAFA and Mr. Jump’s efforts resulted in the May 2017 announcement that the City and CPS would partner to establish a fire Academy a WHUHS.

The Sentinel Police Association facing the same minority attrition concerns as CAFA sought to include a law enforcement track as part of the Law and Public Career Pathway. In February of 2018 all the individual organizations joined together into a formal work group to develop, finalize and implement the plan to create a pathway to a career in public safety with the Cincinnati Fie and Police Departments. The work group consists of the CFD, the Cincinnati Police Department (CPD), CAFA Sentinels, CPS representatives, and City Law representatives. Counsel for CAFA and the Sentinels participate to the extent that counsel was responsible for drafting and presenting to City Council an ordinance for civil service points for academy graduates.

The 2018 ordinance was supported unanimously by City Council and a super majority of the CPS board. The ordinance’s sole purpose is to award civil service examination credits to graduates, who bring their specialized training and knowledge of Cincinnati policing and firefighting through the academy to a career with the CFD or CPD. The ordinance did not direct CPS to take any action or obligate specific funding. The ordinance simply serves as an incentive for CPS Students who will increase their merit and fitness for a career in public safety to participate in the safety academy. Five (5) additional civil service credits to the civil service examination can make a considerable difference in candidates’ examination scores. The only direction or approval required by the City would be approval of the academy’s fire and police curriculums to ensure the students have met state credentialing/certification requirements entitling the students to the five (5) civil service examination points. In order for the ordinance, known as Issue 15 – Public Safety Academy (PSA), to be enacted it had to go before the voters of Cincinnati in the November 2018 elections. In the November 2018 elections, Issue 15 – PSA passed overwhelmingly by the voters of Cincinnati. In fact, over 80,000 voters said yes for Issue 15.

The path to success for the establishment of the PSA

Currently the establishment of the PSA appears to be stagnant. We understand there are funding and curriculum concerns; CPS wants to be assured that the City will support the PSA financially, and the City wants to be assured that CPS will develop a curriculum that we meet the needs of its Fire and Police departments. We believe that the Ohio Department of Education ODE has provided a solution to both concerns that can be resolved through a Memorandum of Understanding between the City and the CPS. We understand that the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has a established