The Operations Support Bureau is overseen by Assistant Chief Jeremiah Hunter and Lieutenants Matt Stephens and Lance Bollinger. This Bureau consists of the following:
- Criminal Investigations Division (Lt. Matt Stephens)
- Special Operations Divison (Lt. Lance Bollinger)
- Crime Analyst
For questions specifically related to the Criminal Investigations Division, contact Matt.Stephens@CoMo.gov.
The major crimes unit investigates crimes including robbery, homicide, suspicious deaths, cold cases, and aggravated assaults.
The Crime Scene Investigators are two full-time civilians investigators. This assignment demands highly specialized training and attention to detail as these investigators are responsible for assisting patrol officers and detectives with processing a serious crime scene.
The Special Victim’s Unit has specialized trained detectives in fields of domestic violence, human trafficking, child abuse, and sexual assaults. This Unit works diligently to investigate child abuse, and sexual assault by investigating and preparing cases against persons responsible for these crimes.
The DOVE Unit investigates domestic violence incidents in Columbia and Boone County, assists the prosecuting attorney’s office in prosecuting the offenders, aids victims in obtaining restraining orders, and assists with the arrest of offenders based on active warrants. The DOVE Unit also assists victims, coordinates with other agencies, trains officers in and around Boone County, and promotes community education. The intended result of these activities is to deter and hold offenders accountable, empower victims, and enhance domestic violence reporting and enforcement.
The property and financial investigators review police reports generated by patrol officers and conduct followup investigations in an effort to identify suspects. This Unit is responsible for investigating; theft or stealing, auto theft, burglary, fraud, forgery, embezzlement, and other property/ financial related crimes.
For questions specifically related to the Special Operations Division, contact Lance.Bollinger@CoMo.gov.
The Street Crimes Unit is tasked with helping to combat crime problems or hot spots in the city. The detectives often work to apprehend wanted subjects and remove career criminals from the street.
The Vice Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit is comprised of plainclothes detectives and uniformed officers of the Street Crimes Unit (SCU). The Narcotics and VICE unit consist of five detectives that are responsible for investigations of all large narcotics-related and weapons-related activity. Two detectives work closely with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).
The CPD SWAT Unit consists of patrol officers and detectives who have applied and been cross-trained to perform special weapons and tactics operations in high-risk situations.
The Columbia Police Department Crisis Negotiation Team is comprised of patrol officers and detectives who receive special training to communicate and deescalate in high-risk situations. CNT works closely with the SWAT team to ensure effective and successful operations.
Negotiators are selected from applicants who have demonstrated an ability to work well as a team, demonstrated interview and interrogation skills, and are confident they can make a difference and perform under stress. A recommendation from a current or past sergeant or captain is required. All CNT members receive basic and advanced negotiation training. In addition to nationally accredited CNT training programs, members train every other month practicing their negotiation skills and functionality with other teams such as SWAT. After every negotiation (both real and in training) negotiators are debriefed and the operation evaluated to find ways of improving. At a minimum of twice a year, both CNT and SWAT train together in a simulated exercise. These exercises are designed to put stress on both teams and the problems encountered are very real even though it is a practice scenario.