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Housing the Homeless: When Housing Comes First

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Housing the Homeless: When Housing Comes First

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"Homelessness is a complex problem, but homelessness is a fixable problem," says Steve Hollis, Columbia’s Manager of Human Services. "The first step is putting someone into a home." Homelessness is a reality that tho...

Overcoming Police Bias

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Overcoming Police Bias

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All people, even well-intentioned people, have bias. To reduce police bias in our community, the Columbia Police Department is adopting a new way of policing called fair and impartial policing. Sgt. Michael Hestir re...

Missouri Opioid Summit: Central Region

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Missouri Opioid Summit: Central Region

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Welcome to the Missouri Opioid Summit in Columbia, MO. In Missouri, nine summits are taking place across the state to help first responders, health care providers and others deal with the growing opioid crisis. “It is...

Reporting Accessible Parking Violations

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Reporting Accessible Parking Violations

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There is a new tool to enforce accessible parking violations in Columbia, Missouri. See how easy it is to report a violation and learn what's being done to improve accessible parking downtown.

CPD Officer Profile: Keisha Edwards

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CPD Officer Profile: Keisha Edwards

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School Resource Officer Keisha Edwards describes her "non-traditional" police work at Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, MO.

Strategic Plan 2018 Update

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Strategic Plan 2018 Update

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Three years ago, in 2015, City Manager Mike Matthes announced a citywide strategic plan to reduce economic inequality in Columbia, Missouri. Each year, an annual report is presented to Council to recap the progress ma...

Live Well By Faith AED Training and Deployment

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Live Well By Faith AED Training and Deployment

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Six black churches in Columbia received new automated external defibrillators (AEDs) from the Live Well by Faith Public Health Commission this year. These expensive, potentially live-saving devices were acquired throu...

GetAbout Columbia Bike Safety: Proper Hand Signals

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GetAbout Columbia Bike Safety: Proper Hand Signals

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Bicyclists use three basic hand signals to indicate their intentions on the road. Take a minute to learn these signals so that your next road trip is an easier and more enjoyable experience.

Building Inclusive Communities

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Building Inclusive Communities

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As part of the Strategic Plan emphasis on Social Equity, classes developed by St. Louis-based National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) are being offered to city employees through the Department of Health a...

2019 Public Works Construction Projects Focus on Safety

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2019 Public Works Construction Projects Focus on Safety

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The City of Columbia Public Works Department's Capital Improvement Program (CIP) seeks to improve street safety through a Vision Zero approach to project design and construction. All projects pass through a public inv...