Hospital security personnel certified in Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)
Pathways to Women’s Healthy Living
Through a partnership with the Sheriff’s Office, the Columbus Divisions of Police and Fire, ADAMH, Southeast Inc., Franklin University, and Mighty Crow Media, The Pathways to Women’s Healthy Living program was launched in March 2016. Since that time, seven cohorts have been offered in the Franklin County Corrections Center, with 80 of 129 individuals, or 62%, successfully graduating from the eight week pre-release psycho-educational program which offers assessment, cognitive behavioral treatment, case management, and pro-social opportunities like art expression and yoga.
To date, 20 graduates of the Pathways to Women’s Healthy Living Program have received intensive post release services through the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration initiative. While still early in program implementation, recidivism rates for graduating participants with a minimum of 12 months post program completion hovers at 14% with an anticipated 73% reduction in jail bed nights when comparing pre-program jail bookings versus post-program.
Office of Homeland Security & Regional Communications
Improving Regional Communications
In the interest of public safety, Franklin County continues to work to improve regional communications. In 2017, the county partnered with the City of Columbus and the State of Ohio to complete the move to a new radio system which allows multiple jurisdictions to communicate with each other in the event of an emergency. During Red, White and Boom, we passed a Department of Homeland Security onsite interoperability assessment at the highest level on the national Safe Com scale.
Text to 9-1-1
Text to 9-1-1 is currently being tested at the designated 911 Wireless Hubs within Franklin County. Availability of this feature later this year will be life changing and potentially lifesaving to the hearing impaired community and victims of violence. A plan for implementation is being coordinated across Franklin County and in partnership with Delaware County with an anticipated release date by year's end.
The county works with local, state and federal partners to identify and assess both public and private infrastructure to provide owner awareness and recommend changes to harden soft targets. In 2017, four major assessments of public facilities and eight assessments in the private sector were completed.
Providing First Responder Training
A holistic approach to physical security training was provided to regional public safety agencies and private sector partners. This information in conjunction with other resources provides the tools needed to ensure an overarching approach to large venue safety and security. Behavioral and Predictive Analysis training was provided to law enforcement and private sector security partners to strengthen awareness skills and identify traits most often observed in persons of interest and active aggressors.
Volunteers in Public Safety Support (VIPSS)
Volunteers in Public Safety Support is a voluntary, 40-hour, hands-on educational program that provides a structured overview of Terrorism and Counterterrorism at the local, state and federal level. The program includes participation and representation of the first responder community including public partners (police, fire, public health, emergency management, and schools) and private partners (utilities, sport and music venues, houses of worship) who deliver biographical and historical lectures with scenario-based participation focused on developing preparedness skills and capabilities.
In 2017, 81 new members were added to the countywide cadre of VIPSS volunteers that provide functional support and staffing under the direction of law enforcement, fire and health departments in the event of a natural or manmade disaster, weather event or special program open to the general public. Along with 601 previously trained and certified members, over 1,900 service hours were deployed to support events in and around Franklin County providing traffic control, child identification, security sweeps, DUI checkpoint staging and providing crime prevention and preparedness outreach and education at eleven fairs and festivals. Trained and certified VIPSS graduates invested over 1,500 hours in advanced experiential education to enhance their preparedness skills and practice their response capabilities for Stop the Bleed, Gang Awareness, Street Smarts, Poison Control, Public Utilities and Advanced Citizen Response to Active Shooter Education (CRASEII).
Volunteers who are trained, certified, and prepared with up-to-date hands on experience in Basic First Aid, CPR, light Search and Rescue, Traffic Control, Large Venue Security, National Incident Management and Response to Active Shooter provide exponential support to our prevention, protection, response and recovery capabilities. For more information or to apply to join the next VIPSS class, click here.
Animal Care & Control
The Department of Animal Care and Control operates the county’s Dog Shelter & Adoption Center, providing compassionate care, lost dog services, education, and adoption for impounded dogs, and enforces dog laws throughout the county in order to keep the public safe from animal-related health and/or safety dangers.
Dogs redeemed by owner
Dogs sent to rescue groups/transferred
Days on adoption floor for dogs (average)
Days on adoption floor for puppies (average)
SNYP IT Cbus
In December, the commissioners approved a resolution to begin a program of free spaying and neutering services for pets belonging to low-income county residents. The county’s dog shelter takes in about 10,000 dogs each year, and boasts a live release rate of greater than 90%. Dogs who are adopted from the shelter have been spayed or neutered, but most of the dogs coming into the shelter have not, which is a real problem. A single female pit bull and her offspring, for instance, could produce as many as 67,000 puppies over the course of five years, and cost is the number one reason owners identify for not having the procedure done.
The new program, called SNYP It C-BUS, provides free spaying and neutering for pets, as well as a medical checkup, any needed vaccinations, and an implanted microchip that will identify the dog’s owners if it ever ends up back in the shelter for some reason. The service is available to adult Franklin County residents and their pets in households that receive public social services or with incomes below 150% of poverty.
The program is to be paid for with donations from the public, which the shelter has been collecting for a number of years, and is already proving to be popular with the community. The shelter has performed more than 200 surgeries since the program began.
Weekly availability is limited, so call 614-525-5454 for more information or to make an appointment.
Emergency Management & Homeland Security
No more wondering if it’s time to go to the basement. Now you can learn when and how to respond when tornadoes, flooding, damaging winds, severe storms and extreme temperatures are threatening you, your family, your pets and your neighbors’ safety thanks to a state-of-the-art warning system managed by Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security. You choose to receive notifications by text, call or email, and you can choose the locations in Franklin County that you want to monitor.
Job Creation, Strategic Economic Development, & Fiscal Security