Columbus: CPD Reminds Community of Short North Safety Measures Heading into Holiday Weekend
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~ The Columbus Division of Police is continuing its efforts to ensure safety in the Short North Arts District this Memorial Day weekend. Last week, the successful implementation of "Operation Burnout" resulted in a weekend free of gun violence, which had been seen in the area the two previous weekends.

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther expressed his gratitude for Chief Bryant and the officers' efforts to strengthen safety and security throughout Columbus. He also stated that illegal and reckless behavior will not be tolerated in the city.

The enforcement efforts will include "Operation Burnout", targeting reckless operation of motor vehicles, take-overs of city streets, businesses and private properties, as well as associated criminal activities throughout the city. This includes disorderly conduct, inducing panic, obstructing a City Right of Way, community noise, street racing, unnecessary squealing of tires, underage drinking and violation of open container laws.

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Last weekend's "Operation Burnout" resulted in 224 traffic citations, 31 misdemeanor summonses, 1 juvenile arrest, 4 misdemeanor arrests, 7 felony arrests 8 arrests on warrants 7 firearms recovered 4 incidents of drugs seized 297 parking citations and 107 impounds. Chief Elaine Bryant expressed her gratitude for the officers' work and asked for continued partnership from the public to ensure a safe weekend for all.

The highest levels of violence and other criminal activity have been seen between 11 p.m. to 4 a.m., which is why the city is taking a targeted approach to ending it. Parents are asked to enforce curfew laws so CPD doesn't have to; anyone between 13-17 must be off the streets from midnight to 4:30 a.m., per city code. Parking restrictions will continue with no street parking along High Street between Goodale and Fifth Avenue from 10 p.m.-7 a.m., while mobile food vendors are prohibited from operating after midnight within the Short North congestion zone per an Executive Order signed by Mayor Ginther and codified by Columbus City Council. Bars and restaurants are asked to voluntarily close at midnight as well.

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