After drastic budget cuts in 2009, the Community Crime Patrol (CCP) once again is beefing up its forces.

After drastic budget cuts in 2009, the Community Crime Patrol (CCP) once again is beefing up its forces.

The city of Columbus has restored funding to the citizen-patrol group, which is adding a new territory in the North Linden neighborhood, as well as resuming shifts in places such as German Village, Merion Villages and the Hilltop.

Columbus City Council has pledged an additional $313,000 to the crime patrol this year, on top of $300,000 it already had allocated.

"It's always a good thing when we're increasing instead of decreasing," said Ellen Moore, executive director of the University District-based organization. "We're excited to try something new and see how it goes."

The new territory is bounded by Morse Road, Oakland Park Avenue, Karl Road and I-71.

Jennifer Adair, a member of the North Linden Area Commission and Maize Road Civic Association, said area residents worked hard to get the new route established.

"From the association's standpoint, we think it's going to be a great complement to our block- watch crime patrol, which actually patrols our neighborhood in cars," she said. "We're very excited about the city's expansion into our neighborhood, and we think it's going to benefit all the neighbors."

Moore said CCP will resume Monday and Tuesday patrols, in addition to shifts from Wednesday through Saturday, in German Village and Merion Village.

Jerry Glick, a German Village resident who organizes the monthly police luncheon at the Meeting Haus, said the strengthened patrol in the neighborhood is welcome news.

"It's very good, especially in the summertime around Schiller Park, which gets a lot of activity, most of it good," he said.

The latest revenue stream will put the CCP's annual budget at $1 million. Other funding sources include the Ohio State University, the United Way and metro parks.

After the last cuts, the CCP's budget was down about $300,000 to $475,000, Moore said. The nonprofit organization saved money by laying off one full-time employee, cutting back hours and not refilling positions, she said.

The city's cash outlay allows the group to put its complement of patrollers back to 32, Moore said.

The CCP, founded in 1990, is known as the "eyes and ears" of the police, Moore said. The patrol has a presence in such areas as Clintonville, the University District and downtown, and along the bike path, Moore said.

Patrol members - mostly students at Ohio State - walk and ride bicycles through the various neighborhoods, reporting crime to police but not physically intervening, Moore said.