There have been 111 homicides in Columbus so far this year. Mayor Ginther calls that number “disturbingly high” and has come up with what he thinks will be a way to curb that number.
The way he and Public Safety Director Ned Pettus see it, the problem lies in the disconnect between police and the community’s they serve. To remedy that, Ginther plans on increasing training for cops who encounter people with mental illnesses and increasing the presence of bike cops, reports The Dispatch.
They believe that these practices will increase the community’s trust in police and therefore help to solve crimes—about half of the 111 homicides have no motive or suspect.
An initiative to increase patrolmen and women on bikes was deployed in Linden this summer and Ginther says it help lessen crime and gather intelligence, according to The Dispatch.
Will more bike cops and better mental health training help cops to reconnect to their communities?