Gang Violence in Ohio

Many central Ohioans are insulated from the reality of gang violence. But although overall violent-crime rates are down nationally — thanks to a variety of factors, including better deterrent tools and an aging population — it’s important to remember that gangs remain a problem, and one that affects people in all areas of the
Columbus metro area.

Sgt. Chantay M. Boxill, head of the Columbus Division of Police’s criminal intelligence unit which oversees gang investigations, recently spoke to a monthly meeting of Block Watch coordinators from the Northland area.

She stressed that gang activity can occur even in suburbs such as Pickerington and Grove City, and said street gangs pose such a threat that the FBI has labeled them “domestic terrorists.”

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Source: Columbus Dispatch


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