At this time last year, 29 Columbus residents had been killed. Fast forward to today, 48 people have been killed in Columbus so far this year. Homicide rates are soaring and something needs to be done to subside this epidemic. Enter Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs. She is committing more officers to combat gang activity and violent crime this summer.

Here is a look at the crime distribution in Columbus:

Part of the blame for increased homicide rates in the city can be placed on the opioid issue. Guns account for three quarters of the 48 homicides that have happened this year. For more on this story, visit here. To get more information about the Summer Safety Initiative that will target the most crime-ridden areas, check this out.