Crime pa­trol re­duces staff, cov­er­age amid fund­ing cuts

The Columbus Dispatch - - Front Page - By Mark Ferenchik

The civil­ian Com­mu­nity Crime Pa­trol’s bud­get is half of what it was six years ago, and that means fewer pa­trols, fewer hours, fewer eyes and ears on cen­tral­city neigh­bor­hoods such as Franklin­ton, North­land and North Lin­den.

In those ar­eas, the pa­trol has dropped ser­vice on Mon­days and Tues­days. In North­land and North Lin­den, that was be­cause the United Way of Cen­tral Ohio elim­i­nated its fund­ing of $135,000 in 2017, said Ellen Moore Grif­fin, the pa­trol’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

The United Way did so be­cause it is dif­fi­cult to de­fine the crime pa­trol’s im­pact, said Ryan Ed­wards, the United Way’s se­nior di­rec­tor of neigh­bor­hood part­ner­ships.

“We re­ally wanted to look more deeply at what suc­cess looks like,” Ed­wards said.

“It doesn’t mean (we) don’t be­lieve in the work,” he said. “It’s our re­spon­si­bil­ity to talk about the im­pact in­vest­ment is mak­ing. We couldn’t gauge an im­pact.”

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