A Cincinnati councilman wants to shield the home addresses of police officers and firefighters from public view to quell security concerns.
Christopher Smitherman proposed in March that the city would offer – and pay for – this perk to all of the city’s first responders.
“This is a way to say thank you to our first responders,” Smitherman said. “Our first responders deserve another layer so it makes it more difficult for someone to just go into a system and identify them.”
The city is currently analyzing how much the offer would cost.
Essentially, the city would pay to transfer property belonging to a police officer or firefighter into the name of a trustee, such as a lawyer. The move would make it difficult to identify law enforcement officials’ homes through a simple name search.
The idea came weeks after a hacktivist group released the home addresses of dozens of officers – including Chief Eliot Isaac – and their family members as retaliation over a deadly officer-involved shooting on Feb. 17.
In a You Tube video, a group identified itself as Anonymous Anon, said it was protesting the shooting death of Paul Gaston, who was black, after police said he waived an Airsoft pistol on Feb. 22
Afterward, a handful of officers expressed concern about what could be done to shield their home addresses from public view, said Sgt. Dan Hils, president of the Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police Queen City Lodge No. 69.