Neighborhood Safety

The Comprehensive Neighborhood Safety Strategy 2.0(PDF, 168KB) reflects our commitment to begin new initiatives to address crime differently, while continuing to invest in proven safety strategies in Columbus. This strategy was developed with community feedback, insights from law enforcement professionals and data-driven, proven best practices from other cities. The City of Columbus continues to invest in innovative programs and work with partners to build stronger and safer neighborhoods through a broad-based approach involving local law enforcement, public health, recreation and parks, neighborhoods, businesses, community leaders, faith leaders and residents.

Safe Streets
The Safe Streets initiative utilizes uniformed bike officers to focus specifically on improving community-police relations while addressing community concerns and violent crime trends in each area. The goal of the program is to provide a visible uniformed presence for both enforcement and problem solving in areas where an increase in violence and criminal activity has been occurring. Officers serve as the first line of communication for residents needing city services and are tasked with engaging other city departments to resolve non-law enforcement related problems.

Columbus Violence Reduction (CVR)
Columbus Violence Reduction (CVR) is the City of Columbus’ adaptation of the National Network for Safe Communities (NNSC) evidence-based Group Violence Intervention (GVI) Model. CVR focuses on those group members at the highest risk of committing violent crime and becoming victims themselves.  

Rapid Response Emergency Addiction Crisis Team (RREACT)
The RREACT program is the first and only program of its kind in the country that brings EMS personnel, police officers, social workers and treatment facilities together to combat the ongoing opiate crisis. The program provides follow-up to overdose patients to connect them with treatment.

Office of Violence Prevention
The Office of Violence Prevention is the city’s coordination center for violence prevention resources and activities. As the first office of its kind in the state of Ohio, it evaluates existing programming, collects data and conducts research in collaboration with city departments, public- and private-sector partners and members of the Columbus community.

TAPS Academy
TAPS (Teens and Police Service) Academy is a program primarily designed for at-risk youth and police officer mentors. The goal of TAPS is to reduce the social distance between youth and law enforcement. Through this program, the two groups gain valuable insight about each other and the issues they face on a daily basis.

Columbus CARE Coalition
The Columbus CARE (Community/Action/Resilience/Empowerment) Coalition is a collaborative effort led by Columbus Public Health and helps connect individuals, families and neighborhoods that have experienced trauma with resources and support in the community.

Alternative Crisis Response
The Alternative Response Pilot Program aims to provide more robust and precise emergency-response experiences citywide while reducing reliance on city police and fire in matters where other city or social services are better suited to resolve the situation.

Inspire Sports Police & Fire Camp
Campers will be introduced to the field of public safety, and they will learn some of the basic techniques used by officers and firefighters in the Columbus Division of Police and the Columbus Division of Fire. Campers will also tour facilities, see specialized equipment and get to know the officers and firefighters working in Columbus.

Police Chaplains Program
Police Chaplains provide spiritual guidance and compassionate service to Columbus Division of Police personnel. Their services also extend to the residents of Columbus, bridging the gap that sometimes exists between officers and the people they serve.

The VOICE (Violence, Outreach, Intervention and Community Engagement) program works alongside victims of crime to create positive change in their lives. Individuals are assessed to provide the following services: behavioral/mental health counseling; educational/vocational development; housing/legal assistance.

ReRoute, which is run by the CARE Coalition, involves micro-interventions for at-risk young people. The program provides grief counseling and wraparound resources to address housing inequalities and food insecurity.

In partnership with the Columbus Urban League and Franklin County Municipal Court, PEP (Parent Enrichment Program) provides parent enrichment classes and resources to families who have children on the cusp of entering the justice system.

My Brother’s Keeper is a program with initiatives that help boys and young men of color to move forward in a positive direction in their future. The work is rooted in the idea that we must work together in order to reach MBK’s key milestones and target barriers to success at the individual, organizational and systematic levels.

Nuisance Abatement
This is a cross-departmental program led by the Department of Neighborhoods to strengthen neighborhoods by coordinating the resources of our city to create physical deterrents to crime. Solutions may range from installing streetlights in alleys and cracking down on nuisance code issues to housing stabilization and after-school programming.

Legacy U
The mission of Legacy U is to develop and prepare student-athletes for college and beyond by providing comprehensive workshops, athletic training, and establishing meaningful relationships.

Neighborhood Violence and Intervention Program
Led by the Columbus Urban League, this program provides year-round gang intervention to participants ages 14-24 who live in the South Side and Near East side of Columbus. Specialists constructively mediate conflict and mentor and connect youth to positive opportunities.

Violent Crime Review Group
Led by the Department of Neighborhoods, VCRG gathers data from multiple city of Columbus departments in a coordinated effort to increase communications that helps the city develop neighborhood specific strategies to reduce violence.