Community Safety Initiative

Mayor Ginther speaking about Safe Streets at the Reeb Center on Columbus' South Side
Nick Evans

Columbus' Safe Streets program began in the Linden neighborhood last year, and its success prompted expansion to the Parson’s corridor and the Hilltop. But the latest results are not as promising as the pilot.

Adora Namigadde / WOSU

Columbus will expand a program aimed at improving the city's response to homicides. The Violent Crime Review Group will begin working in the Hilltop neighborhood.

Andrew Welsh-Huggins / Associated Press

Columbus city leaders are working to improve neighborhood safety through several programs.

Adora Namigadde / WOSU

In the latest Columbus budget, there's $1 million set aside to install a new system called ShotSpotter. It’s a computer software that uses microphone-like sensors in neighborhoods to detect gunfire, and it tells police nearly exactly where shootings happened. 

Adora Namigadde / WOSU

Bike patrols are coming to new neighborhoods as part of the city's ongoing effort to enact its new Comprehensive Neighborhood Safety Strategy. 

Adora Namigadde / WOSU

For the newly-formed Community Safety Advisory Commission, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther drew members from all corners of the city. 

Andrew Welsh-Huggins / Associated Press

Mayor Andrew Ginther announced he will appoint 17 people to a newly-formed Community Safety Advisory Commission.

The Peace Keepers

Antonio Stargell says he still gets angry thinking about his son's death.

“He got shot day after Mother's Day, 2016, with some friends,” Stargell says.

Esther Honig / WOSU

This summer’s shootings of two African-Americans by Columbus Police officers has brought attention to the divisions patrolling practices. One of the most cited examples by community leaders is the summer policing program which aims to reduce crime in targeted neighborhoods.

Columbus Police Cruiser

Columbus police say an annual anti-crime program remains effective, despite criticism from protesters following two fatal shootings by officers.

Esther Honig / WOSU

After protesters took over a city council meeting last week, council members reached out to leaders from the local organization, People's Justice Project to establish a negotiation. 


Each summer for the past decade, Columbus Police have sent additional officers to patrol high crime areas, namely in Linden, the South Side, East Side and the Hilltop. It’s called the Community Safety Initiative, and some religious and community leaders have called for it to end. 

Esther Honig

This summer, the City of Columbus has once again upped its policing efforts in neighborhoods identified as having high crime. Police call these areas hot-spots, and send in extra officers and specialty units to try and control shootings, burglaries and drug dealing.

But some residents are calling for an end to the summer policing program known as the Community Safety Initiative, or the CSI.

In part two of our series, we explored alternatives past and present. 

Columbus Police Ramp Up Summer Policing

May 27, 2016
Sam Hendren / 89.7 NPR News

City officials today said the annual summer anti-crime program will begin May 29th. The Community Safety Initiative is designed to reduce crime during the time when children are out of school.