Mayor responds to crime in the Fountain City

The mayor's response to crime in the Fountain City

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus residents tell News Leader 9 the high crime rate across the city is a problem, but Mayor Teresa Tomlinson said there is a plan in place.

"We have a plan to fight crime and we've had one for years. We're making great strides but it's never low enough. If you have one crime and one victim then that's too much and so it's a constant battle to fight crime," Tomlinson said.

Tomlinson based her plan on three topics.

1. Providing money for our law enforcement

"We spend more than $60,000,000 a year on law enforcement in this jurisdiction. We have the highest per capita investment rate for law enforcement anywhere in the state right here in Columbus, GA."

2. Crime prevention

"Many times with middle school and high school children who may not have the oversight at home or have threats in their life may be pulled toward crime like drugs and risky behavior. We want to cut that path off and steer those children into better paths."

3. Reducing poverty

"Fighting poverty is something that brings stability to the schools, families, and community. It also reconnects people through a vibrancy of economics to dramatically reduce crime."

Mayor Tomlinson addressed the issue of crime and also talked about the city's accomplishments during the state of the city address on Tuesday January 20, 2015.

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