Public Safety Archives

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...

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.

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...

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...

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.

Up to Code

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Up to Code

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City of Columbia code enforcement specialists talk about common violations and give helpful tips.

Strategic Plan Leaders: Public Safety

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Strategic Plan Leaders: Public Safety

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Police Chief Ken Burton and the Public Safety team search for ways to make the community safe so citizens can work, learn and play no matter where they live in Columbia. The team’s goal is to improve citizen satisfact...

Snowfighters: Dry Snow Run

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Snowfighters: Dry Snow Run

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Each year, in preparation for potential winter weather, maintenance personnel from Public Works and other departments attend an all-day training session that begins with equipment orientation, snow plowing instruction...