More police officers are patrolling downtown Columbus to combat a perceived crime problem, an Uptown official said Tuesday.
"Any time you get more security, it's got to help," Richard Bishop, director of Uptown Columbus said. In a briefing to Columbus Council, he noted the downtown district has not experienced problems with crime but there is a perception of crime in the area. For more than a month, Bishop said six off duty Columbus police officers have been added to two officer staff on Fridays and Saturdays. That's in addition to 8-12 officers from Columbus State University and military police at Fort Benning. "We have in excess of 15 officers down there," Bishop said of the changes.