Crime Stoppers of Central Ohio Partners with City to Stop Dumping

In an effort to stop people from illegally dumping trash, tires and other debris in the alleys and other places in Columbus, the city announced a partnership with Central Ohio Crime Stoppers designed to help identify suspects caught on camera. .

The city will share footage of suspects captured by hidden cameras placed by investigators from its garbage division and footage submitted by the public through complaints to its 311 service center with Central Ohio Crime Stoppers in an effort to make so that the public identifies them and holds them accountable.

“Since we launched Clean Neighborhoods, the city has committed more resources to refuse laneway cleaning crews and equipment, expanded our team of solid waste investigators, and added several tools to combat illegal dumping. “, Mayor Andrew Ginther said in a prepared statement. “By partnering with Crime Stoppers, we’re adding another law enforcement tool and sending a clear message that illegal dumping will not be tolerated in Columbus neighborhoods.”

Residents who see someone throwing trash or construction debris or other unaccepted items into the City’s residential trash cans are asked to call the City’s 311 Service Center or report the activity to https ://www.columbus.gov/Sustainable-Columbus/Report-littering -and-dumping-illegal/.

If it is safe to do so, residents are encouraged to take a photo during the spill or obtain a description of the suspect, vehicle involved and license plate information. The photos will be shared with Central Ohio Crime Stoppers, where anyone who recognizes the suspects can receive an award for their anonymous tip that leads to a conviction.

Those caught dumping illegally may face criminal charges and/or civil fines and restitution of cleanup costs, depending on the circumstances.

Central Ohio Crime Stoppers president Napoleon Bell said his organization is excited to work with the city’s Clean Neighborhoods initiative to “highlight illegal dumpers in our efforts to end litter in our alleyways and our homes.” roads”.

Utilities Director Jennifer L. Gallagher said the city’s Division of Waste crews have cleaned up nearly 18,000 tons of illegally dumped trash and nearly 14,000 tires over the past three years. Five solid waste investigators are working with the city attorney’s office to build cases and file illegal dumping charges in Franklin County Municipal Court.

Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein said in the prepared statement that his office is “committed to holding accountable those who turn our neighborhoods into dumping grounds.” He said the partnership with Crime Stoppers will strengthen law enforcement and help deter illegal dumpers.

Mark M. Gagnon