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Mayor Ginther discusses progress on neighborhood safety strategy

COLUMBUS (WCMH) - It's been six months since Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther rolled out his 2018 safety initiative to address violent crimes in the city. 

Tuesday, alongside city leaders, the mayor provided an update on the Comprehensive Neighborhood Safety Strategy. The mayor said prevention, intervention and strengthening community-police relationships are the three key factors to improvement. 

"We know that decreasing homicides in our city requires participation and leadership from all of our department as well as the community," said Mayor Andrew Ginther. 

This past weekend, multiple shootings were reported in the city. Two men were found shot and killed in a vehicle in North Linden. And there were reports of at least three more shootings in the last 48 hours. 

"Gun violence is a complex public health issue. It needs to be addressed in the same way that we have addressed other public health challenges such as infant mortality and opioid addiction," said Ginther. 

One of the safety initiatives Ginther announced last year was to form the Violent Crime Review Group to address the city's homicide rate. This group will work on notifying agencies of a homicide as soon as they occur.  

"When a homicide occurs in the pilot neighborhood to determine and provide an appropriate level of response within 48 hours to impact residents and neighborhoods. This notification process will launch may first," said Ginther. 

Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs says there have been 31 homicides reported this year. Currently down from 2017. The department continues to work to solve it's a record-breaking 143 homicides from 2017. 

"We have 74 cases solved in 93 suspects identified. So that's a pretty good increase with just a couple of months for over 2017 homicides," said Jacobs. 



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