Members of the Zanesville Crime and Violence Committee met Wednesday night to talk about current problems facing the city.
Several area citizens also came forward to address their concerns. The most common topic of discussion was prostitution, particularly in the area of Ridge Avenue. Multiple complaints were made about the prostitutes lingering on corners and Johns driving by several times throughout the night. Zanesville Police Chief Kenneth Miller said it's an ongoing issue the department's been working to address.
"There are different approaches to it," Miller said. "We run sting operations and such things. We try to do patrol in the areas. Obviously, it's hard to catch them in the act or something that we can prosecute just by driving up in a cruiser, so we have to do that with our undercover operations."
While he acknowledges there is still plenty of work to be done regarding prostitution, Miller said the police department has made several arrests so far this year.
"There have been 51 calls since January 1st of this year," Miller said. "We initiated 19 of them ourselves, so we actually got 32 calls from the public. Out of those 19 that we initiated, we did make 15 arrests from those."
If you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood, you can report it to the Zanesville Police Department by calling 740-455-0700.