Hold City and County officials accountable for providing the resources necessary required to get repeat violent criminals off Akron’s streets.
More resources for gun violence reduction, including evidence-based technology to monitor crime in real time, support for APD Gun Violence Reduction Task Force, and stiffer penalties for those found carrying or distributing illegal guns.
Invest in APD community policing capacity to rebuild trust and neighborhood visibility.
Support neighbors in sustaining existing, and creating new, block watch organizations.
Hardy secured the first grants supporting Akron’s Youth Violence Prevention plan, he will advocate making violent crime reduction a city-wide priority.
Slow down speeding cars
Hardy brought speed tables to Akron, but we need more. He plans to advocate for at least 10 locations per ward, each summer, to target problem areas.
Supports the use of hand-held photo speed cameras for APD to utilize while on patrol in residential areas.
Continue speed cameras in school zones.
Invest in parks and recreation
Increase investment in, and maintenance of, Ward 8 parks.
Advocate for facility assessment and reinvestment plan for NW Rec Center.
More youth engagement and programming, especially during after-school hours.
Hardy created the Akron Parks Challenge and will work with neighborhood leaders to bring a Challenge grant to Ward 8.