Columbus Group Suggests No Police in Response to Mental Health Crisis

The Columbus Safety Group held a public meeting Wednesday at Trinity Episcopal Church, downtown, to present its proposal for an alternative mental health crisis response program that does not include Columbus Police.

Members of the Columbus Safety Group want the City of Columbus to implement an alternative emergency response program, one that does not involve police in crisis response.

The city currently has programs aimed at providing alternative responses and decreasing Columbus police responses, but Alaviah Sharif, organizer of Columbus Safety Collective, said his group believes current measures do not address real crisis situations.

“Alternatives currently in Columbus do not address this need for unconditional teams to respond at the scene when someone needs help,” Sheriff said during a public meeting of the collegiate Wednesday at Trinity Episcopal Church in East Broad. Third Streets downtown.

“We want the city to invest in a public safety system that our neighbors can rely on and trust, make decisions based on evidence, and are accountable to the community,” Sharif said. The group, according to its Facebook page, “is in place to create a health-focused anti-racism emergency response program” for Columbus in which police are not involved.