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Community Crime Patrol To Be Renewed By Columbus City Council

A sign welcoming residents to Franklinton.
Mary Rathke
A sign welcoming residents to Franklinton.

As the Columbus City Council votes to delay an incoming police recruit class, it will vote on Monday to renew a citizen patrolling contract.

Community Crime Patrol is a group of trained civilians who work with the Columbus Division of Police to identify and report suspicious activities in five neighborhoods, including Franklinton, the Hilltop and South Clintonville.

The organization employes 15-20 unarmed patrollers, whose mission is to deter criminals, build neighborhood awareness of crime prevention techniques, assist in the apprehension of suspects and provide first aid when needed.

Monday's legislation allows the group’s operations to continue without interruption should there be something preventing the normal daily operations of the Department of Public Safety.

The group is funded by the city of Columbus, Ohio State and the East Main Street Special Improvement District.

Community Crime Patrol posts numbers about its police assists each month. In January, the group said it provided just under 550 patrol hours, reported nine significant incidents where police or fire departments had to become involved, and reported three unsafe social gatherings. 

The contract will cost $375,000, and it will last until February 2022. The Community Crime Patrol was first funded at $390,000 in 2017, and $375,000 each subsequent year.

Adora Namigadde was a reporter for 89.7 NPR News. She joined WOSU News in February 2017. A Michigan native, she graduated from Wayne State University with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in French.