Linden Neighborhood Conversation

Robin Davis
Director of Media Relations

Melanie Crabill
Communications Manager

Media Advisory
News Date: June 05, 2020

Mayor, Police Chief Report Progress on Implementation of Safety Commission Recommendations

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and Columbus Police Chief Tom Quinlan briefed the Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission on progress toward implementation of their recommendations delivered in January.

“There is no greater priority than combatting racism in every corner of our community, including within the Division of Police, and stopping police violence against people of color in Columbus. It is long past time,” said Mayor Ginther.

Chief Quinlan noted that almost two thirds of the Commission’s recommendations have been implemented or are in the process of being implemented. Progress is being made in the review all of the remaining – except for six, that fall outside of Chief Quinlan’s purview.

“I am committed to change to make the Division the very best it can be, going beyond what the Commission recommended,” said Chief Quinlan. “This progress report does not represent the end of our work, but only the beginning.”

Completed recommendations include:

  • Independent investigations of  internal and external discrimination complaints
  • Creation of community affairs/relations bureau and youth services unit
  • Expanded access to language services
Recommendations in progress include:
  • Cultural competency training
  • Juvenile justice training and de-escalation with youth
  • Continued Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), including for dispatchers
  • Overhaul of Employee Action Review System of officers
  • Continuation of Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission to assure recommendations are completed.
Mayor Ginther also stated that a civilian review board of some type would be the top priority in negotiations with the Fraternal Order of Police. Per the Commission’s recommendation, he announced the formation of a work group by July 1 to develop a model for the civilian review board, with the goal of having the review board established by end of 2020.

In addition, the Mayor said he will request a third-party investigation into all incidents of fatal use of force and other use of force complaints and violations of Division policy that demand independent review. This recommendation will require engaging the state and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Mayor Ginther also noted that the City is evaluating the use-of-force continuum, especially as it relates to the use of spray agents to disperse crowd. This recommendation was made by Matrix, an independent third-party firm that evaluated the Columbus Division of Police.

“For every change we will make, there will be a call for more,” said Mayor Ginther. “But, if we start with what we know is true and right, and we continue the hard work to implement the Commission’s recommendations, we will make our community a safer place to live for all of our residents.”