- As part of the community policing efforts the City of Columbia is pursuing, there are seven public meetings scheduled to have a dialogue about community policing and gather feedback from Columbia residents.
Columbia Police Sgt. Robert Fox was chosen to lead the City's community policing efforts after the City Council directed City Manager Mike Matthes to design a citywide Community Policing Plan on Feb. 19, 2018. In August, Fox will present a transition plan, timeline, and budget for modifying current CPD policies, procedures, and operations and implementing the new program.
The community meetings are an opportunity for the public to provide their input and assist Fox in formulating the City's Community Policing Plan. The meetings will be world café style, which encourages everyone to participate through smaller discussion groups and structured questions.
There is one meeting scheduled within each Ward for ease of access, however, residents are welcome to attend any meeting. Additionally, there is one meeting is scheduled for anyone who was not able to attend the other meetings. Below are the dates, locations and times for the scheduled meetings; each will have food and childcare provided.May 23
- Ward 4
- Columbia Public Library, 100 W. Broadway, (Friends Room) - 6 to 7:30 p.m.May 24
- Ward 5
- Gentry Middle School, 4200 Bethel St., (Cafeteria) - 6 to 7:30 p.m.May 30
- Ward 1
- Columbia/Boone County Public Health & Human Services, 1005 W. Worley St., (Health Training Room) - 6 to 7:30 p.m.May 31
- Ward 6
- Boone County Historical Society, 3801 Ponderosa St., (Montminy Art Gallery) - 6 to 7:30 p.m.June 14
- Ward 3
- Hanover Village Apartments, 1601 Hanover Blvd., (Community Room) - 6 to 7:30 p.m.June 23
- City Hall, 701 E. Broadway, (Room 1A/1B) - 10 to 11:30 a.m.June 28
- Ward 2
- Sunrise Optimist Club, 2410 Parker St. - 6 to 7:30 p.m.
An online survey was also created to gather feedback from those who are unable to attend one of the meetings. Citizens can take the survey here: bit.ly/CommunityPolicingSurvey