Crime patrol reduces staff, coverage amid funding cuts
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.”