Media & Public Relations

    The Columbia Police Department Public Relations Unit is comprised of two civilian employees, better known as the as the Public Information Officers (PIOs), carefully selected to represent the police department in meeting communication needs. The PIOs  work to cultivate and maintain effective relationships with the news media and community to ensure the integrity of ongoing criminal investigations.The CPD Public Relations Unit is the most accurate source for information relating to local law enforcement operations in the city limits of Columbia. 

    The PIOs report directly to the City of Columbia Communications and Marketing Manager Brian Adkisson.  They generally work Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and are responsible for a variety of programs including:

    • News release development and distribution
    • Media interview accommodations
    • Management of CPD social media platforms
    • Management of CPD web pages
    • Internal communication for officers and CPD staff
    • News conference coordination
    • Public safety campaign marketing and messaging

    All news media and general inquiries should be directed to the PIOs at, or by phone at the numbers listed below.



    Ways to stay connected

    Social media is a main source to follow the activities and operations of the Columbia Police Department. Often times, news reporters will get story ideas simply from following our Facebook and Twitter pages. Additional resources include:

    Monthly dispatch data is also available online on a six hour delay to maintain officer safety. We are working on a digital version of the media book, which is currently located in our lobby.

    Records requests are made through the Public Records Portal.

    Media Guide

    The CPD Public Relations Unit created a Media Guide to assist members of the media in finding available resources, complying with public disclosure laws, and protecting the integrity of on-going criminal investigations. If you would like a hard copy of the Media Guide, please contact the Public Relations Unit. 

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