COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Columbus city leaders have announced some of their summer safety plans during a news conference, Thursday.
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther was joined by Division of Police Chief Elaine Bryant and other city leaders to detail safety regulations at Westgate Community Center.
Recently, a plan called City Parks Special Operations was announced which would have Columbus police officers volunteering to work overtime specifically at the city’s parks. The plan would also provide $500,000 for more cameras and lights at the parks.
The plan came after a series of shootings at city parks in a span of one month that left three people dead and a child injured.
Ginther noted some of the initiatives during the new conference which were already announced, including the $16 million investment in summer programming.
Bryant says the Safe Streets program will begin Sunday where officers will be in every zone of the city engaging with the community and conducting enforcement.
Ginther added that the new light and camera towers, which the funding was approved by city council earlier in the week, will go in 22 of the city’s parks, specifically those with elevated calls for service. The towers can also be moved to where they are most needed.
“The bottom line is this, parks belong to families, children, seniors. If you have been or are looking to do inappropriate or illegal things in our parks, we’re coming after you and we’re going to be reviewing this footage and using this information and the additional resources to hold folks accountable,” said Ginther.
Bryant says the lights and cameras should be arriving by mid-June.