Ceasefire Columbus is getting new help in the battle against violence as Columbus State Community College steps up for the big project.
The battle to take back the streets from crime carries on in the near east side of Columbus.
Columbus State Community College instructor Don Ricker is going to lead a new research project that will hopefully get some answers and then get some results.
"We're going to find out where the guns are coming from, and how they are obtained, and who is shooting whom," Ricker said.
Ricker has some experience in the subject. He worked in Detroit as they studied neighborhood crime and disorder.
Now he is bringing his successful blueprint and matching it with another blueprint that's worked before: Ceasefire.
"When you get everyone in place to buy into that, law enforcement and community, it can be effective," Ricker said.
The study will start with a comprehensive look at housing and demographics, then going door-to-door to talk to the people in the near east-side neighborhoods.
If things are successful, and important data can be collected with real solutions, Ricker would like to go into other hot spots for crime in the area.
"If it is a success, we want to try and get into the Hilltop and North Linden too," Ricker said.