- September 7, 2014 3:26 pm at 3:26 pm #1039150
It’s also somewhat misleading since you have all these missing municipal districts. A report that unioned all of that information together would be much more useful. It would also be much more helpful if the reports started being geo-coded based on actual location being referred to. Why tag an entire district as high crime, when it might be one particular block, or a handful of locations (most of which are well-known to police and the residents).September 7, 2014 5:35 pm at 5:35 pm #1039155
yeah. Most of the reports are (more or less) tagged with specific location/address. But not always. And sometimes they’re wrong or end up listed as “streets of columbus” which gets parked into the downtown district (which they wisely ignored in this report for that reason).
That’s the thing about working with GIS systems; it gets really easy to think/work in terms of those kind of polygonal areas because that’s what they’re really good at. Going beyond that level of analysis requires more artful work and more experience with the systems, and sometimes integrating data from more than 2 sources (reports and census in this case). Comparing one layer of polygons to another (district polygons and census density polygons) is easy, but working with report point data and defining your own polygons based on buffers defined by a function of the geographic density of points normalized by population density would require some expertise that may not exist at the Dispatch.
With that being the case its entirly possible there are (as you suggest) high crime blocks within the huge “low crime” districts that are just as big as the entire tiny 83rd. They just get averaged down in the huge districts “because… polygons!”.
The types of crimes there might be limited to car breakins and whatnot that were not looked at here but thats vexing too when it happens all the time (as it does in certain blocks here in 5xNW and elsewhere in the otherwise low crime districts).
If you assume that the police have achieved their stated goal of drawing those polygons based on evening out distribution of incident report rates (they may have managed it, i dont think so) it becomes even more likely that’s the case.
Really, digging deeper into motivations the whole point of the article just seemed to be mostly just ragging on franklinton.May 15, 2015 2:08 pm at 2:08 pm #1076453
Coleman Wants Police Body Cameras, but Says State Must Act
May 15, 2015 1:59 pm – Jesse Bethea
Mayor Michael Coleman made two things clear Thursday afternoon. The first is that the use of body cameras tops the list of major reforms he wants to see enacted within the Columbus Division of Police. The second is that before Columbus cops start wearing cameras, the state of Ohio must step up and address privacy and cost concerns.
READ MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/coleman-wants-police-body-cameras-but-says-state-must-act-jb1June 23, 2015 4:15 pm at 4:15 pm #1082131
CPD Focuses Attention On Linden, Summer Safety Efforts
June 23, 2015 4:13 pm – Jesse Bethea
To some, it’s common knowledge that city crime regularly increases when summer arrives. To others, the supposed connection between weather and crime is nonsense. Either way, after the killing of four people in a South Linden house earlier this month, the city is taking no chances in the first days of summer.
READ MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/cpd-focuses-attention-on-linden-summer-safety-efforts-jb1September 9, 2015 11:25 am at 11:25 am #1092512
Columbus Police to Get Body Cameras in 2016
September 9, 2015 11:23 am – Walker Evans
Columbus City Council President Andrew Ginther announced a new plan today to equip the Columbus police force with body cameras, providing an additional layer of transparency and safety to police interactions with the community. The program echoes statements from a press conference event in May where Mayor Michael Coleman, Police Chief Kim Jacobs and other local leaders voiced their desires for a body camera system.
READ MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/columbus-police-body-camerasSeptember 15, 2015 9:29 am at 9:29 am #1093276September 15, 2015 9:52 am at 9:52 am #1093288
Violent Crimes Down In Columbus
Tuesday September 15, 2015 7:55 AM
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Violent crimes in Columbus are down nearly 30 percent in seven years. Columbus has continued to see a decrease in violent crimes, with an overall steady decrease of 29.5 percent from 2007 to 2014. Violent crimes include murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.
READ MORE: http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2015/09/15/columbus-violent-crimes-down.htmlSeptember 28, 2015 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm #1095033
Columbus Bike Patrol Unit Now Largest in Country, Trying New Tactics
Updated: Tue, Sep 22 2015, 07:21 PM | Elizabeth Faugl
The Columbus Police Bike Patrol Unit is now the largest in the country and it’s training with some new tactics. Sgt. Duane Mabrey said there are now 129 full time bicycle officers, with almost 215 bikes to use at any given time.
READ MORE: http://www.myfox28columbus.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/Columbus-Bike-Patrol-Unit-Now-Largest-in-Country-Trying-New-Tactics-208751.shtml#.Vgk82LQQY20September 28, 2015 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm #1095046
Columbus Bike Patrol Unit Now Largest in Country, Trying New Tactics<br>
Updated: Tue, Sep 22 2015, 07:21 PM | Elizabeth Faugl
The Columbus Police Bike Patrol Unit is now the largest in the country and it’s training with some new tactics. Sgt. Duane Mabrey said there are now 129 full time bicycle officers, with almost 215 bikes to use at any given time.<br>
READ MORE: http://www.myfox28columbus.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/Columbus-Bike-Patrol-Unit-Now-Largest-in-Country-Trying-New-Tactics-208751.shtml#.Vgk82LQQY20
Glad to hear about this. Cops are more in tune with community members when they are riding bikes, compared to when they are on horses or in cars or paddy wagons. When on bikes, they are more likely to intelligently help maintain public safety and order, and less likely to over-react, be aggressive, or otherwise abuse their power. That’s based on my experiences and the input of others regarding demonstrations in various cities the past few years.October 1, 2015 10:22 am at 10:22 am #1095532
Columbus Crime Plummets 2010-2014
Posted on September 30, 2015
The FBI recently released full 2014 crime statistics for its Uniform Crime Reporting program, and the results show a big drop in Columbus’ crime since 2010.
Let’s take a look at some of the numbers. First up, violent crimes.
READ MORE: http://allcolumbusdata.com/?p=4452October 1, 2015 10:28 am at 10:28 am #1095534
Glad to hear about this. Cops are more in tune with community members when they are riding bikes, compared to when they are on horses or in cars or paddy wagons. When on bikes, they are more likely to intelligently help maintain public safety and order, and less likely to over-react, be aggressive, or otherwise abuse their power. That’s based on my experiences and the input of others regarding demonstrations in various cities the past few years.
Do they even walk beats anymore? I only ever see them in cars and on bikes at public events.
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