Columbia Police Department

Chief’s Message

Chief Geoff Jones

I was raised and educated in Columbia. Being a cop has been my calling since I joined the Columbia Police Department as a cadet when I was 15 years old.  After college, I became a police officer and our family stayed here, deepening our roots.  To be named the police chief of my home town was more than a dream come true.  It is an honor to protect and care for the community I love.

Our community, including the men and women of CPD, is strong and richly diverse.  We share citizens’ high expectations for ourselves as professionals and humans.  Policing really won’t work any other way. 

All sworn and civilian CPD employees are expected to treat everyone fairly and with respect.  We are dedicated to serving with honor and compassion.  I am proud of all CPD employees and thankful for the commitment they show every day.  Everyone in Columbia is connected to each other, and we rise and fall together.

As I write this message, our connections are being challenged.  Public health is at risk.  People are worried about their ability to provide for their families.  Many are angry that the promise in our Constitution still seems unfulfilled.

I believe in Columbia.  I believe in the power of our human relationships to build trust and lead to personal empowerment.  I believe in transparent decision-making that brings all of us together as partners.  This is the vision for policing in Columbia.  No matter what challenge comes up, we will be here for you.

I hope our website provides what you need to know about the Columbia Police Department.  As always, I welcome the opportunity to learn more about you and your interests.  Feel free to let me know what you’re thinking.

Thank you for being part of this community.


Geoff Jones

Columbia Police Chief

See the Chief’s Bio here.