Ohio is celebrating its 212th birthday with special events at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
Mayor Launches 3rd Summer Crime Strike Force
Mayor Coleman and police officials Thursday announced plan for another summer police strike force which aims to reduce crime in high crime areas of the city.
This year the city will spend $1-million on police overtime to patrol crime hot spots . The amount is 33% more than last year and double the amount spent on the strike force two years ago.
Officials would not disclose when the strike force would start, how many officers would take part and exactly which areas of the city they would patrol. The focus of the patrols will be guns, drugs and violence.
Coleman says the two year old program has been a success because strike force members have made more than 700 arrests and confiscated 242 guns. But police officials still do not have statistics indicating whether or not the strike force has led to an actual reduction in crime.