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Columbus Church And Police Chiefs Team Up To Try To Curb Youth Violence

The Franklin County Chiefs Association has been working with Trinity Baptist Church to host a series of community roundtable conversations to address youth crime in Central Ohio.

Columbus city leaders have been vocal about a rise in youth violence, and they announced some summer initiatives to try to help curb the rate.

Trinity Baptist Church Pastor Victor M. Davis said the police chief of Whitehall approached him with the idea to host the discussions.

“What our hope is at the end of our meetings, we will bring representatives of each group to a working group where we will come up with some type of documented structure that the chiefs organization will partner with the community,” Davis said.

The last discussion group, for millennials and Generation Z, starts tonight, Tuesday at 6 p.m at Trinity Baptist Church, 461 St. Clair Ave. Columbus, OH 43203.

The series has been going on for four weeks. Starting May 4, the church hosted conversations with faith leaders, educators, advocacy groups, and parents.

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.