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Weinland Park Community Civic Association

Safety Committee
Summary of Meeting of January 21, 2016
Ahmed Ebady, committee chair, called the meeting to order at 6:03 p.m. in the citys Northside
Neighborhood Pride Center.
The committee discussed the summary of crime reports for police cruiser districts 41 and 42 that
cover Weinland Park. The summary broke out the number of crime reports for each cruiser
district in 2013, 2014 and 2015 in terms of crimes against persons, crimes against property, and
other crimes. The total of all crime reports was 900 in 2013, 932 in 2014, and 782 in 2015. No
homicide has been reported in Weinland Park since mid-2011. The decline in crime reports last
year was favorable, although more years need to be included to see if the drop in crime reports is
a long-term trend.
Steve Sterrett suggested the civic association might decide to focus on reducing the number of a
particular type of crime, such as burglaries. If so, then the Safety Committee could work with
police, neighbors and property owners to develop strategies to help prevent burglaries.
Officer Steve Smith said the Columbus Division of Police soon may begin distributing a monthly
precinct dot map of the locations of reported crimes.
Mr. Ebady reported he attended earlier that day the community advisory committee meeting for
Community Housing Networks new Terrace Place apartment building being constructed at 81 E.
Ninth Avenue. The new building will have 60 one-bedroom apartments for formerly homeless
people and will replace the CHN building at 1494 N. High Street. He discussed the good
neighbor agreement proposed by CHN for Terrace Place, and he offered several suggestions for
revising the agreement. Mr. Sterrett thanked Mr. Ebady for representing his neighbors at the
community advisory committee meeting.
Isom Nivins reported the Community Crime Patrol is having challenges hiring patrollers as the
labor market tightens.
The business of the committee being concluded, Mr. Ebady adjourned the meeting at 6:49 p.m.

Summary prepared by Steve Sterrett.

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