Police, City Council reach out to community with liaison officers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Today with the Kaleidoscope Youth Center as the backdrop, a strategic effort takes another step forward.

Columbus City Council President Andrew Ginther, flanked by a pair of Columbus Division of Police liaison officers, talked about their plan to open lines of communication.

LINK: Official press release

These officers are part of the diversity and inclusion program to reach members of the African-American, New American, and LGBTQ community.

“It’s what makes people  feel safe, a single point person within the Division of Police,” Council President Ginther said.

With a supercharged atmosphere, and some questioning trust and communication, Columbus hopes to build bridges that make things better if there is an issue to take on.

“Why wait until there is a problem, why not build those bridges and open the dialogue if something arises down the road we have it built,” Sgt. Nicholas Konves said.

Community leaders say this is a great first step to keep lines open, to educate, and to offer an immediate outlet.

“Really a good thing with what’s happening in Columbus it’s great it lessons that get getting people engaged an honest conversation of what needs to happen,” Dontavious Jarrells, president of Ohio Young Black Democrats said.

The liaison program may be aimed at certain groups, but these officers say many of the calls they get fall beyond the scope of that.

For more, or to reach these officers you can email or call below.

jfuqua@columbuspolice.org

nkonves@columbuspolice.org

614-645-4446

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