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.”
- 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.