City agrees to consider changes to summer safety initiative


COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus police officers assigned to this summer’s Community Safety Initiative made 402 felony arrests and recovered 87 firearms.

The program is designed to target crime hot spots identified through data collection and analysis. It has come under fire this year by protesters who organized in the wake of the officer involved shooting deaths of 26 year old Henry Green and 13 year old Tyre King.

Columbus City Council President Zach Klein said the city has been meeting with protesters and has agreed to consider changes to the program.

Tammy Fornier Alsaada said Klein’s willingness to talk makes her hopeful. “Policing and criminalizing young people gets us nowhere and it only creates young people who have given up hope and we see the result of that in communities,” Alsaada said. “Deciding that we are going to very aggressively target those neighborhoods – we’ve seen the result of that with Henry Green and some of the other youth who have been harmed during the summer safety initiative.:

Statistics for the 2016 Community Safety Initiative show the officers|

  • made 10,658 citizen contacts
  • handed out 872 CSI community surveys
  • conducted 1,431 business and Recreation Center checks
  • spent 2,514 hours touring hot spots

Officers working the initiative:

  • made 402 felony arrests
  • recovered 87 firearms
  • served 878 warrants
  • recovered approximately 9,490 grams of narcotics
  • seized $193,074 in cash

Columbus police officials say they will discuss the results of the summer program with reporters Wednesday morning.

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