New Columbus police chief looks to reallocate officers, resources

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus Police Chief Thomas Quinlan says he has a list of about 70 goals he's working on for the next two years for the department. One of the top issues is to make sure the resources are where they need to be within the city.

“Our biggest crime right now is vehicle break-ins, in addition to a couple attempted burglaries,” said Summer Moynihan.

She has been a coordinator for the Tussing Block watch for more than a decade.

“Right now the biggest need is an increase in officers on patrol,” she said.

That's something Chief Quinlan is looking into. The last time the department reallocated resources was about a decade ago.

“We have to change our formula for where we put our officers, what times, what dates, so we best align the resources we have with where they are needed the most so we can be more proactive,” Quinlan said.

Quinlan says he wants to put officers in a better position to prevent crime in areas, instead of reacting to crimes that have already been committed.

“We have people to do that and we have people designed just to be responsive to whatever is going on in real time. So we want to be able to work with our real time crime center to know exactly what's involved in the city and when, and be able to have resources ready to go move in and saturate an area to try and prevent and deter before something occurs and then as things transition somewhere else in the city, that unit will also be able to transition to where it is now needed,” Chief Quinlan said.

He adds the department is looking to update their technology in hopes of cutting down time of doing paperwork and giving officer more time to interact with the public.

“If we can free officers time up from a lot of the redundancies they are doing now, they'll be more efficient, the information-sharing will be so much better which will lead to more solvability and officers will have more free time to be proactive to respond quicker and to engage the public in just a random routine opportunities to interact,” Quinlan said.

Which is exactly what Moynihan would like to see.

“Us community leaders, we don't believe any one area in specific on our community deserves police presence over another. We believe it is so important to listen to the community liaison leaders, the trends they are seeing” she said.