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Columbus Taking Steps To Address Wave Of Gun Violence


Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther says the city is taking steps to address a wave of gun violence. 

On Wednesday, he announced the formation of "intervention teams" to help at-risk juveniles, and the expansion of the ShotSpotter program.  

Micro-intervention teams with Columbus Police, social workers and juvenile prosecutors will offer wrap-around services from Franklin County Job and Family Services.

A public-private partnership will provide bedside intervention for victims of assault and gun violence.

And up to 2 million CARES Act dollars will go to social service agencies and community groups embedded in neighborhoods to conduct youth outreach.

There have been 84 homicides in Columbus so far this year. 

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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