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THE Columbus Police Department is your police department. As police chief, I want a police department that our citizens can be proud of in many different ways. Whether it is through our pro-active crime-fighting efforts, community involvement or complete transparency, CPD will strive for excellence in all that we do.
The purpose of this column is to educate and inform the citizens of Columbus about their police department.
It is important that our citizens understand our mission, goals, accomplishments, and yes, even our mistakes. I will discuss crime trends and patterns, new laws and our enforcement efforts.
I also plan to recognize our officers for their accomplishments. We are fortunate to have a highly educated, trained and motivated group of officers who serve their community with pride.
A police department can only be as effective as our citizens allow. In many ways, the community dictates our efforts. Your calls and reports direct our enforcement responses. We will strive to be a police department that responds to the needs of this community.
We certainly know that we are not perfect, nor is perfection our goal. Our mission is simple … “to protect and serve.”
Later this month, I will unveil my comprehensive plan and vision for CPD to our officers and City Council.
Portions of our plan have already taken shape with a re-organization of our department. Under the direction of Mayor Brown, we now have fewer officers in administrative positions and more in enforcement roles. We have re-organized our investigations division to allow for a more efficient flow of intelligence and sharing of resources.
We now have a “point man,” Detective Sergeant Tom Foust, who will coordinate our efforts against property crimes such as thefts, burglaries, car thefts, etc.
Many of these crimes are committed by repeat offenders. Detective Sergeant Foust will lead the charge in identifying these individuals and removing them from our streets.
Community policing will be a critical component our vision. Community policing is exactly as it describes … policing in partnership with the community. It is a collaborative effort of police, civic organizations, schools, other branches of government, media and everyday citizens who want to tackle crime head-on.
We need your help now. In the first 30 days of this year, we experienced three armed robberies in the city. In comparison, we had nine armed robberies in 2010 and seven in 2011.
Our entire detective division is working diligently on solving these cases. Our best information comes from the public. We need your tips. You can call our non-emergency number, 376-2600, at any time and leave anonymous information.
If you have questions or suggestions for future columns, please email me at email@example.com. Stay vigilant and be safe!
Jason Maddix is chief of the Columbus Police Department. He is a 17-year veteran on the department and was named to his post by then Mayor-elect Kristen Brown in December, 2011.
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