The Columbus group does not propose the police in responses to mental health crises

Columbus Safety Collective members want the City of Columbus to implement an alternative emergency response program that does not involve police in crisis response.

The city currently has programs aimed at providing alternative responses and reducing Columbus Police responses, but Columbus Safety Collective organizer Alwiyah Shariff said his group believes the current measures do not address true crisis situations.

“The alternatives currently existing in the city of Columbus do not address this need for non-police teams to respond on the spot when someone needs help,” Shariff said during a public meeting of the collective Wednesday at Trinity Episcopal Church on East Broad and Third Streets, Downtown.

“We want the city to invest in a public safety system that our neighbors can rely on and trust, that makes evidence-based decisions and is accountable to the community,” said Shariff. The group, according to its Facebook page, “exists to create an anti-racist and health-focused emergency response program” for Columbus that does not involve the police.

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