Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission
In November 2017, Mayor Andrew J. Ginther announced the creation of the Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission. This Commission is focused on areas such as de-escalation, crisis intervention, and implicit bias training; use of force policies; diversity recruitment and retention; and early intervention and officer wellness programs.
In each area, the Commission will assess what the City of Columbus needs to do to provide public safety services that are transparent, accountable, and responsive for every person in every neighborhood.
Why was the Commission created?
Columbus needs a public, transparent community review of Columbus Police training, policies and procedures. The Commission’s review of Columbus Division of Police policies, training and procedures will help to inform its recommendation for proven safety strategies to meet our residents’ expectations and protect and serve our entire community.
How many commissioners have been appointed?
A total of 17 commissioners have been appointed to the Commission. Janet Jackson is the chair of the Commission. She previously served as Columbus City Attorney, Franklin County Judge, and CEO of United Way of Central Ohio.
How was the Commission selected?
The city received 132 applications for the Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission. Mayor Ginther requested recommendations that reflect diversity of thought, experience, and demographics.
Who are the Commissioners?
• Janet Jackson, Chair, United Way of Central Ohio (retired)
• Brooke Burns, Office of the Ohio Public Defender
• Emily Buster, Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services
• LaShaun Carter, Franklin County Children Services
• Tammy Fournier-Alsaada, Ohio Organizing Collaborative
• Dr. Chenelle Jones, Franklin University
• Dr. Vlad Kogan, The Ohio State University
• Matthew McCrystal, Public Safety professional
• Ellen Moore Griffin, Community Crime Patrol
• Andrea Morbitzer, Nationwide Children's Hospital
• Pastor Jason Ridley, Allegheny West Conference of Seventh-Day Adventist
• Traci Shaw, Columbus Division of Police
• Erin Synk, LNE Group
• Oleatha Waugh, Columbus Urban League
• Mary Wehrle, Jewish Family Services
• Tiffany White, Progressive Insurance Companies
• Dr. Reginald Wilkinson, Connecting the Dots, LLC
* Affiliations have been included for informational purposes only and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts and opinions of those listed.
Which neighborhoods are represented by the Commission?
• Appointees include community leaders, current and former safety officers, frontline social service providers, faith leaders, public safety practitioners, and academics.
The following neighborhoods are directly represented on the Commission (note: Commissioners serve many other areas in their professional capacities):
• Discovery District
• Franklin Park
• Merion Village
• Near East Side
• North Linden
• Olde Town East
• Oriole Heights
• Short North
• Weinland Park
Will the Commission use existing research to make recommendations?
The Commission will openly and thoroughly review existing research and recommendations of respected law enforcement and social justice experts. In particular, they will draw on the experience and advice of similar groups – like President Obama’s Taskforce on 21st Century Policing and the Ohio Task Force on Community-Police Relations – to identify best practices that work for Columbus.
The Commission has been asked to recommend an objective, independent consultant to support their work. An RFP will be put out to help with the selection of the third party consultant.
What happens next?
Over the coming weeks the Safety Commission chair and the Office of the Mayor will announce public meeting dates, along with opportunities to be a part of the Commission’s work.
At the end of this Commission’s work, a clear, concrete plan will be presented that is achievable, measurable and reflects the voices and values of our community.
What is the timeline?
Mayor Ginther has requested recommendations by the end of 2018.