Mayor Ginther plans to expand his safe streets initiative this summer
COLUMBUS, Ohio —
Mayor Andrew Ginther announced he plans to expanded his safe streets initiative Tuesday morning.
Ginther said they have been seeing good results from the program. He says the number of homicides this year are down compared to last year's record number of 143 homicides.
Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said cold case detectives are now shifting some of their attention to current cases to help out homicide detectives.
They plan on putting more on bikes this summer. Chief Jacobs said the officers on bikes have made a difference in the Linden area, and those bike officers will be in other areas of Columbus.
"We're going to continue that this year in Linden but we're also expanding that now to the south side, I agree, I agree. So we're going to expand it to the south side and we're also going to expand it to the hilltop area, so there will be three teams this year, not just the one team," Chief Jacobs said.
Ginther says neighbors should see more street lights being installed in the Wedgewood neighborhood and he says more officers are coming to the streets.
Chief Jacobs said 74 homicides from last year's record number of 143 homicides has been solved and suspects have been identified in 93 cases.
She said the Franklin County Coroner is investigating non-suspicious deaths without homicide detectives on hand.
Cold case detectives are helping with some current assault cases. Both of those moves are an effort to free up homicide detectives.