On Dec. 3, Columbia’s City Council unanimously approved Council Bill 297-18 to authorize construction of a new police facility to be located on the south side of International Drive in the Auburn Hills Subdivision.
Mayor Brian Treece proposed that the new facility be named after Officer Molly Bowden, a Columbia Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty.
"Officer Molly Bowden served our community with dignity and sacrifice," Treece said. "The Molly Bowden Neighborhood Policing Center is an important symbol that recognizes those who protect and serve us everyday. This neighborhood center will be a new home that will bring officers closer to the community they serve."
Officer Bowden is the only Columbia Police Officer who has been killed in line of duty. She was killed while conducting a traffic stop on Jan. 10, 2005. On February 10, exactly one month after she was shot, Officer Bowden succumbed to her wounds.
"We are humbled and honored by this tribute to Molly’s legacy of service to our community," Bev Thomas, the mother of Molly Bowden, said. "We know that this Center will be an important resource to the neighborhoods she served and the City she loved."
The new police facility was approved in 2015 by voters as a capital improvement project. The project is currently scheduled to begin in spring 2019.