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Columbus Officials Update Progress On Comprehensive Safety Strategy

Apr 25, 2018

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Columbus officials Tuesday provided an update on the city's comprehensive safety strategy

Police Chief Kim Jacobs says investigators are making progress on last year's unsolved homicides. 

Jacobs says police will also expand the street team initiative, which involves uniformed officers meeting with residents in the neighborhoods they serve. She says it will continue in Linden, where the pilot project started. It will also begin May 1 on the south side and then on the Hilltop in mid-May. Youth employment and job readiness also plays a role in the comprehensive strategy. The city's 9-week readiness program for 15-23 year-olds added an additional component this spring in a partnership with Franklin County to include 40 participants with prior misdemeanor convictions. Columbus Recreation and Parks director Tony Collins says that will expand to another 100 people.

Collins says the goal is to equip young people with life-long lessons that help them succeed in the future. Information on the job training program may be found online at Columbus.gov/schoolsout