Columbus Division of Police

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Columbus Division of Police
Common name Columbus Police
Abbreviation CPD
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Patch of the Columbus Division of Police.
Logo of the Columbus Division of Police.
Badge of the Columbus Division of Police.
Motto Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Discipline, Enthusiasm
Agency overview
Formed 1868
Employees 2,200+
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* City of Columbus in the state of Ohio, USA
Size 550.5 km²
Population 787,033
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Columbus, Ohio
Police Officers 1888
Civilians 310
Agency executive Kimberley Jacobs, Chief of Police
Precincts 20
Police Boats 11
Helicopters 6
Canines 9
Columbus Police Website
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Columbus Division of Police is the main policing unit for the city of Columbus, Ohio. It is the largest police department in the state of Ohio, and among the 25 largest in the United States.[1][2] It is composed of 20 precincts, and the Chief of Police is Kimberley Jacobs. Columbus is ranked the 8th most dangerous city in the United States of the 15 cities with a population of 700,000 or more, according to the FBI-based Morgan-Quitno rankings.[3] Special units of the Columbus Division of Police include a Helicopter Unit, Canine Unit, Mounted Unit, Bicycle Patrol Teams, Marine Park Unit, PoliceNET Operations Unit, and a Computer Forensics Unit.[4]

In 2003, there were 1,779 sworn police officers and 349 civilian staff. By 2006, the number rose to 1,822 sworn officers and 342 total civilian staff. The estimated total budget was $216,000,000 in 2005, which rose to $244,000,000 for 2007.[5]

In April 2012, Deputy Chief Kimberley Jacobs was named the 32nd chief in the Division's history, and the first female chief in the division.[6]


Columbus Police has a total of six subdivisions. The subdivisions include the Administrative, Investigative, Support Services, Patrol South, Patrol North and Homeland Security. Each subdivision is commanded by a Deputy Chief. The nature of each task to be performed determines which subdivision has responsibility and authority. As of 2007, the department has 484 marked patrol vehicles, 536 unmarked vehicles, 41 motorcycles, 60 bicycles, 11 boats, 8 horses, 9 canines, and 6 helicopters.[4]

Current rankings are as follows: (As of 2012)

Chief of police 1
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Deputy Chief 6
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Commander 18
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Lieutenant 53
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Sergeant 225
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Police Officer 1,520
Current organization of the department.

Administrative Subdivision[edit]

This Subivision Deputy Chief is Timothy Becker. The Subdivision has the Professional Standard Bureau, Business and Personnel Bureau, and Training Bureau.

Investigative Subdivision[edit]

This Subdivision's Deputy Chief is Richard Bash. Bureaus include ...

The Crime Against Persons Bureau which investigates Homicides, Felony Assaults, Robbery and Felony Gun Crimes. The Crime Scene Search Unit also works with these units.

The Property Crimes Bureau handles Burglary, Grand Theft, Auto Theft and Forgery/Fraud crimes.

The Special Victims Bureau handles sexual based crimes, missing persons and crimes against minors.

The Crime Lab also reports DC Bash.

Support Services[edit]

This Subdivision has Special Service Bureau, Technical Service Bureau, and Communications Bureau.

Patrol North Subdivision[edit]

The Patrol North Subdivision's Deputy Chief commands 579 sworn and 17 civilian personnel. The subdivision is composed of zone 1 (North) zone 4 (North central), and the Traffic Bureau.

Patrol South Subdivision[edit]

The Patrol South Subdivision's Deputy Chief Kenneth Kuebler commands 448 sworn and three civilian employees. The subdivision is composed of zones 2 (Southeast), 3 (West), and 5 (Central). The subdivision's three zones are divided into twelve precincts with officers working out of eight substations located throughout the eastern portion of the city.

Homeland Security Subdivision[edit]

This Subdivision Deputy Chief is Ronald Gray. This Subdivision has Interal Affairs Bureau, Strategic Response Bureau, Homeland Security Bureau, and Traffic Bureau. The Traffic Bureau commander oversees the Mounted Unit, Freeway Patrol Units, Traffic Control Unit, and the Accident Investigation Unit. The Bureau is responsible for the freeways, downtown traffic, residential area traffic, and the investigation of hit-skip, serious injury, and fatal crashes.

Marked vehicles[edit]

Columbus Police cars serving special duty at the 2005 Doo Dah Parade.

The Columbus Police standard marked patrol fleet consists largely of Crown Victoria Police Interceptor models. Officers from the Strategic Response Bureau drive the Chevrolet Impala and zone Lieutenants drive the Ford Explorer Police Interceptor. The Chevrolet Express is used as a Paddywagon. The department is moving to Ford Explorer Police Interceptor SUV for its primary vehicles. Marked Vehicles can be identified by the numbered "license" plates. Two, three and four digit plates show the precinct number followed by the car number. So a plate bearing the number 55 is precinct-5 car-5; where plate 190 is precinct-19 car-0. Car 189 would be precinct 18 car 9. Vehicles outside the standard precinct structure, i.e. Freeway Patrol, and Motorcycle Patrol also follow this pattern, where their unit is given a unique "precinct" number. For example Freeway Patrol cruisers start with 6. Liaison cruisers begin with 3. Marked vehicles with a four digit starting in "9" are "mid-watch" assignments with the same pattern for their respective precinct.

The letter "R" as a prefix to this system denotes a "relief car". Plate R-106 is used because the 10th precinct has a regular vehicle in maintenance or repair.

The letters "S" and "L" stand for Sergeant and Lieutenant and denote that vehicle assigned to that ranked officer assigned to the following numbered precinct or zone: S-12 is the Sergeant for precinct-12 and L-1 is the Lieutenant for Zone-1.

The letter "T" Denotes a "Training" vehicle and is assigned to the Police Academy

The letter "X" stands for eXtra. X-Cars are kept at the city fleet management facility and are available to officers for special duty.

In previous years, CPD utilized the Chevrolet Caprice, Plymouth Gran Fury and the Ford LTD II as cruisers.

Special Duty[edit]

Some police duties that are required by law or requested by the general public fall outside the realm of normal, everyday procedures. For example, Ohio Law requires that only a Law Enforcement Officer may close a public road, or a lane thereof, without establishing a legal, marked detour(for road closure), or using concrete barriers (for lane restrictions only). In the event of a short-term construction project, a law enforcement officer must be on site to legally close the area to traffic.[7]

Columbus Police are permitted to work "Special Duty" assignments, upon approval, while off duty. Special Duty assignments can include anything from closing highway lanes for short-term road construction, to directing traffic for events, escorting a funeral procession, or providing security for private businesses, such as banks or stores. Most special duty assignments are paid for by the organization requesting the officers presence. However, while on Special Duty, the officer works for the City of Columbus, regardless the posting, and can be called upon by On Duty personnel if needed.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Based upon the number of sworn law enforcement officers."About CPD". Columbus Division of Police. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Local Police Departments, 2007" (PDF). U.S. Department of Justice. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  3. ^ City crime rankings
  4. ^ a b 2006 Annual Report
  5. ^ 2007 Annual Report
  6. ^ "Deputy Chief Kim Jacobs Named Columbus Police Chief". WBNS-10TV. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  7. ^ Ohio Revised Code 4511.051

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