COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Mayor Andrew J. Ginther spoke Wednesday afternoon, addressing a recent increase in violence in Columbus.
Mayor Ginther laid out the following steps the plan will focus on to decrease violence in Columbus:
- Micro-intervention teams with Columbus Police, social workers and juvenile prosecutors to offer wrap-around services from Franklin County Jobs and Family Services versus potential prosecution
- Expanding ShotSpotter, a gun fire detection system that focuses on getting Columbus Police to a scene quicker
- Partnership between Grant Hospital, Columbus Health and Columbus Recreation and Parks called VOICES (Violence, Outreach, Intervention, community Engagement) to provide bedside intervention to victims of assault
- Up to $2 million in CARES Act funding to partner social service agencies and trusted community partners embedded in neighborhoods to reach out to youth directly
The mayor was joined by Franklin County Commissioner Kevin Boyce, Police Chief Tom Quinlan, NAACP Columbus President Nana Watson, Doc West, Principal of Columbus Scioto 6-12 and Pastor Charles Tatum of The Good Shephard Baptist Church.