There are about 25,000 rental units within the city of Columbia. The Columbia Police Department realized that rental properties were responsible for a majority of calls for service in the city. In response to this realization, the Columbia Police Department began researching ways to reduce the number of calls for service at rental properties. Intense research discovered that the Crime Free Programs were the possible solution to this problem.
Members of the police department went to Mesa, Arizona in September, 1999 to become certified instructors of these programs. Each year, officers attend the International Crime Free Conference to further their knowledge and gain state of the art and up to date information involving Crime Free Programs.
The Crime Free Multi-Housing program was first offered in Columbia in March, 2000. This program is offered approximately four times per year.
The Columbia Police Department has already begun seeing the results of the positive relationship that has been built between the police department and those who have attended the Crime Free Multi-Housing training program. A drastic reduction in calls for service has been seen by many properties who have implemented the Crime Free principles.
In September, 2002, the Columbia Police Department dedicated one officer to the Crime Free program. Officer Amy Bishop is assigned to this position. For further information on the Crime Free Multi-Housing program, to see scheduled training dates, to sign up for future training dates, or to see a list of certified properties, click on the links below. Officer Bishop can be contacted at 573-874-7426 or by email at Amy.Bishop@CoMo.gov.