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Data from City’s Alternative Response Pilot Program Shows its Potential

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Data from City’s Alternative Response Pilot Program Shows its Potential

Data from a six-week pilot program focused on providing more accurate emergency-response experiences citywide highlights the need for more alternative responses in emergency situations that do not require police and fire forces. The first two weeks of the pilot program, which ran from June 7 to July 2, were used to develop policies and hold […]

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City Council Approves New FOP Contract

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman City Council Approves New FOP Contract

The city has reached an agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police on a three-year contract approved by members through a vote that ended on Saturday, July 25, according to the city. “This is the most progressive contract in a generation,” said Mayor Ginther in a statement announcing the new FOP contract. “Through good-faith collective […]

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Mayor Announces $400,000 in New Funding for Initiatives to Reduce Violent Crime

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Mayor Announces $400,000 in New Funding for Initiatives to Reduce Violent Crime

Mayor Andrew Ginther has announced $400,000 in funding for two crime reduction programs led by Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Jessica D’Varga and Franklin County Prosecutor Gary Tyack. The programs are “designed to ensure public safety and reduce recidivism by providing support and resources to help mostly non-violent offenders successfully navigate and emerge from their […]

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Council Announces Effort to Curb Illegal ATV and Dirt Bike Operation

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Council Announces Effort to Curb Illegal ATV and Dirt Bike Operation

On Wednesday, July 21, Columbus City Council announced legislative and enforcement efforts to curb “reckless” and illegal ATV and dirt bike operation throughout the city. The efforts include new legislation charging reckless operating of an ATV or dirt bike with a fine of up to $1,000 and police confiscation of the vehicle. “Since the beginning […]

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City’s License Section to Reopen with New Short-Term Rental Rules

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman City’s License Section to Reopen with New Short-Term Rental Rules

Columbus City Council has amended the Columbus City Code to strengthen enforcement of short-term rentals and cut down on problematic hosts and properties. New provisions to city code in relation to short-term rentals — i.e. Airbnbs, Vrbo rentals, hotels and motels, and the like — expand the city’s ability to investigate when complaints are made and […]

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Council to Return to Chambers, Limiting Capacity to 20 Residents

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Council to Return to Chambers, Limiting Capacity to 20 Residents

Columbus City Council will meet in person at the City Hall chambers, with regularly scheduled meetings open to the public for the first time since March of last year. Public seating will be limited to 20 residents, with limited additional seating in an adjacent conference room. Directors and staff will continue to participate remotely to […]

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BCI Investigation of Ma’Khia Bryant Shooting Submitted to Franklin County Prosecutor

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman BCI Investigation of Ma’Khia Bryant Shooting Submitted to Franklin County Prosecutor

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced that the Bureau of Criminal Investigation has referred two investigations regarding two fatal shootings by police officers in Central Ohio to the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney. This includes the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant by Columbus Division of Police officer Nicholas Reardon in April. BCI interviewed 18 witnesses — […]

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