Ohio City of Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther has said that the city has continued to record a trim down in homicide rate by 7.2 percent since 2016.
Mayor Andrew Ginther said at the presentation of the 2019 report of Columbus Comprehensive Neighborhood Safety Strategy that, “homicides are significantly down from 151 in 2017.”
“We cannot forget that these are not numbers, they are people, mum, dad, brother and sister, our neighbor and co-worker. We will continue the battle to reduce violent crimes throughout our city,” he said.
While acknowledging the great and continuing teamwork of the Columbus Comprehensive Neighborhood Safety Strategy, Mayor Ginther said, “this multi-prong strategy engages law enforcement and all of our city departments, as well as businesses, communities, faith leaders and the residents”.
According to him, “we know investing in our police is important, but we cannot police our way out of violent crimes. It takes a comprehensive community-wide effort working across departments and with the community.
“We are adding 10 additional police officers for the recruit class starting next month, bringing the total number of police recruits for 2019 to 90. We will add another 90 police officers in two classes in 2020.”