Linden Neighborhood Conversation

Robin Davis
Director of Media Relations

Melanie Crabill
Communications Manager

Media advisory
News Date: April 24, 2018

Mayor Ginther Briefed Community on Comprehensive Neighborhood Safety Strategy

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, along with Chief of Police Kim Jacobs and Director of Recreation and Parks Tony Collins, briefed community members on the status of the initiatives of the Comprehensive Neighborhood Safety Strategy today at the Linden Community Recreation Center.

“Almost six months ago, I unveiled the Comprehensive Neighborhood Safety Strategy. It came after weeks of conversations with people throughout our neighborhoods about their concerns,” said Mayor Ginther. “The safety of every person in every neighborhood is my top priority. And it is not one that can be accomplished by a single program or department. We all have a role to play in protection, intervention and prevention.”

Updates include:

  • The Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission has been seated to review policies and procedures within the Columbus Division of Police. The 17-member Commission is headed by Janet E. Jackson and had its first meeting earlier this month.
  • An RFP has been sent out to find an independent consultant to help with the Safety Advisory Commission’s work. The City expects the consultant on board by mid-June.
  • The Violent Crime Review Group has been assembled and hard at work since December 2017. They are beginning a notification process that will rapidly notify member agencies when a homicide occurs in the pilot neighborhood (Linden) to determine and provide an appropriate level of response within 48 hours to impacted residents and neighborhoods. The notification process will launch May 1.
  • The Neighborhood Crisis Response has already begun its work with a focus on the Wedgewood neighborhood, by surveying and replacing burned out streetlights. Plans for summer activities, like soccer and summer loss learning, and English as Second Language classes are in the works.
  • The Safe Streets initiative – a successful bike patrol pilot last summer in Linden – will be expanded to include the Hilltop and Southside this year, in addition to Linden. The program will start in May.
  • In collaboration with the Workforce Development Board, Columbus Recreation and Parks will grow the APPS (Application Purpose Pride and Success) job readiness program to be able to offer the job readiness program to 100 more youth in 2018.