The Operations Bureau is headed by Assistant Chief Jill Schlude and Lieutenants Chad Gooch and Robert Fox. This Bureau and consists of the following:
- Red Team (Lieutenant Fox)
- Blue Team (Lieutenant Tate)
- K9 Unit
- School Resources Officer (SRO)
- LGBT Liason
Patrol consists of two separate divisions, broken into red and blue teams. Red team is headed by Lieutenant Fox, the blue team is headed by Lieutenant Tate. Patrol are the first responders to all calls of service and handles general policing activities.
The K-9 Unit is comprised of four handlers, one of which is a sergeant. K-9s Kane, Duncan, Nero and Gorrit are invaluable assets to CPD. All four assist in narcotics detection including area, article, and body search, as well as suspect tracking and apprehension. The CPD K-9 Unit can also be requested by outside agencies to assist in special circumstances.
School Resource Officers (SROs) are sworn law enforcement officers who are responsible for providing security and crime prevention services in the school environment. In 2001, the Columbia Police Department placed SROs into the [then] two Columbia high schools, David H. Hickman High School and Rock Bridge High School. In 2013, an additional SRO was placed in the new Muriel Battle High School. One SRO was also assigned to Columbia Public Schools’ Middle and Junior High Schools, and CORE (Center of Responsive Education) School. The SROs complete 40 hours of basic training prior to beginning as an SRO. Their services are paid for by both CPD, as well as Columbia Public Schools.
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The City of Columbia and the Columbia Police Department are committed to ensuring all members of the community feel comfortable contacting us for assistance and have access to all the services we provide. On May 11, 2016, the Columbia Police Department introduced our first LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Liaison, Sgt. Clint Sinclair. The creation of the LGBT Liaison position was a proactive effort to bridge any gaps that may exist between our department and the LGBT community.
Sgt. Sinclair will serve as the point of contact for both members of the community and officers who interact with the LGBT community. His duties include:
- Assisting, advising, and consulting other officers on cases involving LGBT issues,
- Provide training for members of the department on LGBT topics,
- Meet with business owners, community groups, and individuals of the LGBT community and present information on relevant law enforcement issues,
- Attend events in the LGBT community as a representative of the Columbia Police Department,
- Identify and attend training related to LGBT topics,
- Facilitate an overall open relationship between the LGBT community and the Columbia Police Department.
If you are an LGBT-related organization that is willing to provide a service, act as a resource, or are interested in having Sgt. Sinclair attend your meeting, you can contact him at Clinton.Sinclair@CoMo.gov.