Director of Media Relations
News Date: October 02, 2018
Mayor Ginther Expands Violent Crime Review Group To Include the South Side
Mayor Andrew J. Ginther is expanding the Violent Crime Review Group to include the South Side neighborhood starting this week.
As part of the Comprehensive Neighborhood Safety Strategy to address homicides, the Violent Crime Review Group started its work in Linden in May. The process rapidly notifies member agencies when a homicide occurs in the pilot neighborhoods to determine and plan an appropriate response within 48 hours. Mayor Ginther expanded the group to the Hilltop, including the Wedgewood area, last month.
“I am pleased that we are able to focus resources on three neighborhoods with high homicide rates through our Violent Crime Review Group,” said Mayor Ginther. “Public Health, Columbus CARE Coalition, Public Safety, departments of Neighborhoods, Development and Recreation and Parks are increasing communications and sharing data that is helping us develop strategies to reduce violence.”
Headed up by Dr. Mysheika Roberts, Columbus Health Commissioner, the Violent Crime Review Group has been activated a total of 8 times since May. Through its communications, departments have been able to visit 155 homes, identify 30 vacant properties near locations of homicides and review a total of 5 square miles around the crimes.
“The Violent Crime Review Group is working to lower homicide rates through a focused, multi-departmental review of and response to violent crimes in the pilot neighborhoods,” said Dr. Roberts. “What we learn will help us prevent homicides in the future while serving and helping those who have been impacted by trauma.”
“The expansion of this initiative to the South Side of Columbus will be a great start to gaining insight into the increasing violence within the neighborhood,” added South Side Neighborhood Health Ambassador Michele Mitchell. “Violence is a complex health issue and one entity cannot address this significant a public health issue without collaboration. A solidarity approach like this one is critical to the level of effectiveness.”